Amazon Will Create an Original, Multi-Season ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

Amazon’s original series will explore storylines preceding Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ as part of an estimated $ 250 million deal.

Today, Amazon announced that it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings to create an original, multi-season series that will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Amazon Studios will produce a series that will explore storylines that precede Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, taking fans on a new journey through Middle Earth.

According to Deadline, the Tolkien estate had approached Amazon, Netflix and HBO about the project with an upfront fee of $ 200-$ 250 million, with sources claiming that Amazon secured the deal with an agreement close to the $ 250 million mark. That $ 250 million is only for the rights. Amazon will still need to pony up to pay for production, which could likely cost between $ 100-$ 150 million per season.

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The Bling Ring’s Israel Broussard Joins Extinction

Israel Broussard: Bling Ring Star Joins Extinction From Arrival Writer Eric Heisserer

Israel Broussard is the latest name to join the sci-fi thriller Extinction

Universal Pictures and Good Universe’s upcoming science fiction thriller Extinction has just cast The Bling Ring star Israel Broussard, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film comes to us from Arrival writer Eric Heisserer, alongside Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane. The film will be directed by Ben Young (Hounds of LovePrank Patrol) and has already signed stars Lizzy Caplan (Masters of SexThe Interview) and Michael Peña (The MartianAmerican Hustle).

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The film is the story of Peña’s character, a man who has a recurring nightmare of losing his family. The planet is invaded by aliens, and as this man fights for his family, he discovers a hidden strength. Caplan will play his wife. No word yet on the role Israel Broussard will play in the film.

Producing the Extinction movie are Mandeville‘s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman alongside Anna Halberg. Also of Mandeville, Alexander Young will serve as executive producer alongside Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane. Overseeing for Universal are Erik Baiers and Mika Pryce with Erin Westerman doing so for Good Universe.

Broussard played Jack McCalister on the series Fear the Walking Dead and will be seen next in the Blumhouse thriller Half to Death. Heisserer’s Arrival (2016) received eight nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the award for Best Sound Editing. The film received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Amy Adams and Best Original Score. Heisserer also wrote 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2011’s Final Destination 5, 2011’s The Thing, 2013’s Hours, which he also directed and 2016’s Lights Out.

What do you think of the cast so far? Are you excited to see Israel Broussard in the film? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.


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Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ tries to hold off ‘Rings’ at the box office


The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Last Airbender, and The Village. Those are the only four M. Night Shyamalan movies to have earned more domestically than Split.

The James McAvoy-led horror flick picked up an estimated $ 14.6 million in its third weekend, which was good enough for a three-peat at #1 in the domestic box office. That’s a feat director M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t pulled off since The Sixth Sense (which spent five weekends at #1).

The third weekend estimate brings Split‘s domestic take to $ 98.7 million, just edging out Shyamalan’s cult hit, Unbreakable, which ended its 2000/2001 domestic run at $ 95 million. It’s an impressive 17-day performance that only stands to improve. Read more…

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Rings Review

Rings Review at ComingSoon.netRating:

4 out of 10


Matilda Lutz as Julia
Alex Roe as Holt
Johnny Galecki as Gabriel
Vincent D’Onofrio as Burke
Aimee Teegarden as Skye
Bonnie Morgan as Samara
Chuck David Willis as Blue
Patrick R. Walker as Jamal
Zach Roerig as Carter
Laura Wiggins as Faith

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez

Rings Review:

The attraction of the superhero film or young adult series is not just the existing brand name recognition or well-tested concept and characters, it’s the mythology. Not from the rich themes or complex character relationships it offers – though these are often happy side effects – but from the long-form plot development to feed sequels with. It frees filmmakers and executives of the difficult task of coming up with new story ideas for characters which won’t accidentally alienate the fans by moving too far from the original.

Film series without that luxury instead have to take whatever they started with and try and give audiences similar thrills with each succeeding chapter while simultaneously finding new depths to the material. This usually requires twisting the original concept out of all recognizable shape (or sense) in order to find new ways to do the same old thing.

Case in point: F. Javier Gutiérrez’s Rings, a sequel in a search of a reason to exist. The original Ringu, and more specifically Gore Verbinski’s American remake, was a moody thriller with a decently thought out backstory which it melded with its thrills to just the right extent. It also lent itself well to endless, uninspired sequels, which is pretty much what we’ve gotten.

All anyone has to do is watch a copy of the infamous video and the fun starts all over again. Finding a way to expand on that while also expanding on those elements, however, requires more material than the original film offered up and a greater appetite for risk than its producers have shown.

Someone who does have such an appetite is young college student (and Dave Franco lookalike) Holt (Roe), who agrees to participate in a shady college professor’s (Galecki) experiments with the original video. When Holt disappears, his plucky girlfriend Julia (Lutz) follows him into the bowels of the experiment, discovering first-hand what happens when someone watches the strange video. Desperate to get the curse of the video off their back, Julia and Holt trace video phantom Samara (Morgan) back to its roots, looking for clues in where she came from to figure out how to dispel her.

Finding a dark history previously unknown, they follow her real family tree to a sleepy town trying to forget the strange girl who lived there or the mystery of what happened to her real parents. The only one who might help them is a blind cemetery groundskeeper (D’Onofrio) who seems to know much more about Samara – and her strange relationship to Julia – than he will admit.

Like a lot of these kinds of films, Rings finds mystery investigation the easiest way to eat up its running time in-between tension moments. This requires the audience to never have seen one of the previous films (making a lot of what happens incomprehensible) or to have a fuzzy memory of it so that familiar ground can be re-trod. Once again Samara climbs out of a television to attack a helpless individual. Once again the young couple in the crosshairs travel to Samara’s home town to unearth her past and perhaps get her to stop killing people. In between are a lot of young actors yelling things incomprehensibly at one another and squinting through dark cinematography from Sherone Meir (Whiplash) favoring dank greens and greys like the film was decomposing before us.

Rings travels at a breakneck pace, probably to keep the audience from asking how any of its increasingly-implausible revelations square with what has come before. This would probably work more if it didn’t spend every moment of its second half begging viewers to remember what has come before in a textbook example of how to do ‘you never knew the whole story’ wrong.

Gutiérrez constantly returns to successful elements from the first films, but they’re so well-known now they have no power. Instead, he primarily highlights how pale a reflection the new elements he introduces – like a new, expanded killer video – are compared with the original and how bad an idea it is to continue delving into backstory rather than forging ahead with something new. Rings is like a copy of a copy of a copy of an old video tape; garbled, faded and impossible to watch.

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‘Split’ Looks to Fend Off ‘Rings’ and ‘Space Between Us’ Over Super Bowl Weekend

Last year three new films debuted over Super Bowl weekend and only one of the three (Hail, Caesar!) managed to top $ 10 million. In fact, Super Bowl weekend last year was the fourth worst overall weekend of 2016 as the top twelve managed to only gross a combined $ 82 million. As for Super Bowl weekend this year, it’s only looking mildly better as Universal’s Split will tussle with Paramount’s Rings in an attempt to threepeat atop the weekend box office. Elsewhere, STX’s The Space Between Us …
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First You Watch the Opening Three Minutes of Rings, and Then…

First You Watch the Opening Three Minutes of Rings, and Then...

First you watch the opening three minutes of Rings, and then…

Paramount Pictures has released the opening three minutes of Rings along with a new clip from the upcoming film which you can watch using the players below. The continuation of the horror franchise opens in theaters on February 3.

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In Rings, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman.

Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film is produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.

What do you think of the Rings opening? Let us know in the comments below!

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Second Trailer for Horror Sequel ‘Rings’ Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez

Rings Trailer

“There once was a girl… no one dare speak her name.” Paramount has debuted a new trailer for the horror sequel Rings, the third film in the Ring series, originally a remake of the Japanese horror series. This film is finally, supposedly, being released in February this year, after being delayed from late 2016. The second film was released in 2005, three years after the first Ring hit theaters in 2002. This new one picks up 13 years after the first film and it looks like it’s just as freaky. Starring Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara. Horror films in the winter usually do well, and I’m sure this one will find an audience – no matter how delayed it is. ›››

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‘Rings’ Poster Insists This Movie Is Finally Opening; New Trailer Coming This Week

Rings trailer

Paramount has delayed Rings no fewer than four times. First it was supposed to open in fall 2015, then spring 2016, then fall 2016. Finally, it was pushed back all the way to February 3, 2017. And the studio would like to reassure you that that date is for real this time. Sure, they’ve done barely any marketing for it a month out from release. But there’s a new poster, and it’s got the release date right there and everything!

The first Rings poster is a pretty simple piece that lays out the rules of the franchise, just in case you’ve forgotten in the fourteen years since the first The Ring hit theaters. It also features Samara, because Paramount knows how much you’ve missed her. Check it out below.  

Rings poster

The poster doesn’t really tell us much beyond the fact that this is a Ring movie, but it does set itself up for some easy cracks about how truly terrible Rings must be. (So bad it is going to kill you, apparently.) It doesn’t help that the poster itself looks kind of lazy. It’s not terrible, just kind of generic.

The previously released Rings trailer offers a little more in the way of plot. Maybe too much, as it seems to cover all seven days between watching the “first you watch it” part and the “then you die” part.

If you liked where that came from, there is a whole new Rings trailer coming sometime this week. Because this movie is coming February 3. Really.

A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

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