Andy Muschietti To Direct Re-Imagined ‘The Time Machine’ From H.G. Wells Sci-Fi Classic

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Appian Way have teamed with It: Chapter 2 director Andy Muschietti and his producer sister Barbara Muschietti to develop a new version of The Time Machine. Andy and Barbara Muschietti have written a treatm…

It’s Andy Muschietti to direct Attack On Titan anime adaptation 

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Less than a week after we declared that it’s time to forget about Akira or Cowboy Bebop and give some other anime shows a chance to be turned into ill-conceived, live-action movies from American filmmakers (a declaration prompted by Legendary developin…

‘IT Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

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EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s IT Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the original. The sequel portrays the kids — members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormente…

‘It: Chapter Two’ Signs Isaiah Mustafa as Grown-Up Mike Hanlon

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Actor Isaiah Mustafa — best known as the Old Spice guy — has signed on as the adult version of Mike Hanlon in the sequel “It: Chapter Two,” TheWrap has learned.

Mustafa joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jay Ryan, who have already been cast to play Beverly, Bill, Richie and Ben, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time, bringing in $700 million worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

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“It” tells the first half of King’s novel, which follows a group of children terrorized by Pennywise the Clown. “Chapter Two” will focus on the book’s second half, in which the same characters  — now adults — return home to face Pennywise once again.

Actor Chosen Jacobs, who played the younger version of the Mike Hanlon role in last year’s “It,” was the first to announce the news of Mustafa’s casting on Friday night on Instagram.

Mustafa recently finished shooting the final season of  “Shadowhunters,” which airs on the Freeform channel.

“It: Chapter Two” begins production in July in Toronto, Canada, and is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.

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Jessica Chastain Circling ‘It’ Sequel, Just As Team Muschietti Planned

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Jessica Chastain is indeed in early negotiations to join the sequel to It, the New Line horror pic based on Stephen King’s book that last fall dominated the marketplace and grossed an outsized $700 million at the global box office, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Chastain’s involvement has been tipped for months, starting with It filmmakers Andy and Barbara Muschietti in an interview in Septemeber with Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr.
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers

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“It” director Andy Muschietti is in talks with Russo Brothers Studio to board a movie version of Simon Stalenhag’s illustrated novel “The Electric State.” The story, set in an alternative 1997, centers on a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot as they travel through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones […]

Russo Brothers Win Sci-Fi Novel ‘The Electric State’ For ‘It’ Team Andy & Barbara Muschietti

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EXCLUSIVE: Russo Brothers Studio has just won a heated bidding war for The Electric State, an illustrated novel from Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, who directed one of the year’s biggest hits with It, is negotiating to direct the film. He will produce with his sister Barbara Muschietti. RBS principals Joe and Anthony Russo will produce with them, and their production head Mike Larocca will be executive producer. At least four studios made offers and numerous producers…

‘It’ Officially Crosses $500M Worldwide; Sequel To Open In 2019 Post-Labor Day Corridor – Update

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Update, Thursday: New Line/Warner Bros.’ It has clocked past the $500M mark as of today. Split up that’s $272.2M domestic, and $227.8M overseas.
“Crossing $500 million is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder.  The filmmakers and cast did more than make a box office hit; they created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong.  We congratulate Andy Musch…

‘It’ Hovers Past $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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“It” will pass the $500 million worldwide box office mark on Thursday, Warner Bros. announced.

Andy Muschietti’s critically-acclaimed Stephen King adaptation is also the highest-grossing horror film ever, and in the process broke the 44-year record belonging to “The Exorcist.”

Domestically, the film starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown has grossed $270.4 million since its debut on Sept. 8. The film has broken several other records, including top horror film opening and biggest September opening for any film.

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“Crossing $500 million is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. “The filmmakers and cast did more than make a box office hit; they created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong. We congratulate Andy Muschietti, the extraordinary producing team, and everyone involved in ‘It’ on reaching this amazing milestone.”

“It” is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which was first published in 1986. It tells the story of seven kids who are terrorized by a shapeshifting predator that takes on their fears. Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard and Wyatt Oleff also star.

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It sequel floats to a 2019 release date

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Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It made a ridiculous amount of money, ensuring that Muschietti would get a chance to finish the story with a planned follow-up film that—like the second half of the book—catches up with the It kids once they’ve grown up. Now, that It sequel is officially in the works,

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‘It’ Sequel to Float Into Theaters September 2019

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The sequel to New Line’s “It” will be released on Sept. 6, 2019, including IMAX, Warner Bros. announced Monday.

To date, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel has grossed $266 million domestically, and has broken several records since it opened earlier this month. That includes the biggest opening for a horror movie, the largest opening for a September movie, and the highest grossing horror film ever.

The King novel was always meant to be adapted into two parts, with the first movie focusing on the children’s experience with the iconic monster and the follow-up to be told from the adults’ perspective.

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“It” starred Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Jaden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff and Chosen Jacobs, and was directed by Andy Muschietti. The film was released on Sept. 8 and received solid reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a score of 84 percent “fresh.”

Until then, New Line will release “Life of the Party” in co-production with Warner Bros. starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Gillian Jacobs. The studio will also release “Game Night” and “The Nun,” the latest addition to the “Conjuring” franchise.

So far, nothing else is dated on Sept. 6, 2019. So Pennywise will be back to terrorize us once again.

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‘It’ Child Actors First Saw Pennywise on Camera: ‘We Wanted Their Reactions to Be Real’ (Video)

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Do you remember the horrifying projector scene in “It,” where the kids see Pennywise the Clown? Well, that was the first time the actors as a group actually laid eyes on the iconic monster, and it was caught on camera.

In a featurette released by Warner Bros. on the third weekend of the movie’s run at the box office, director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti reveal that they kept the clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) away from the kids as long as possible so their reaction on camera would be authentic.

“We wanted to keep him away because we wanted their reaction to be real,” Barbara Muschietti said. Producer Seth Grahame-Smith added, “It is authentic to how kids should be reacting and that was one of Andy’s things in terms of scaring the kids.”

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“The first time we saw him, all together, was the projector scene,” Wyatt Oleff, who plays Stan Uris, said in the featurette.

“It got our real reactions,” added Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), while Finn Wolfhard said, “I was so freaked out.”

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In a recent interview with TheWrap, Oleff told TheWrap that the first time he saw Skarsgard dressed as the killer clown, “he was standing next to a monitor and he had his full clown makeup from neck up, and his clown pants, and then he had like a white tank top on, and he’s holding a cup of coffee talking to Andy [Muschietti], the director, and I was like, should I go talk to him? And then I thought to myself, probably not.”

On Friday, “It” became the highest grossing horror movie ever.

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10 Must-See Horror Films of 2017, From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Polaroid’ (Photos)

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Halloween is around the corner, so let’s talk horror movies! Here are some horror films you need to see, and then a few to keep an eye out for as the year comes to a close.

“Get Out,” written and directed by Jordan Peele.

This directorial debut from Peele has stayed at 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and made a pretty penny at the box office. I was so obsessed with this trailer that I remember showing it to random people just to see their reaction.  When I finally got to see the film I was blown away because it’s creepy as hell, funny, and different.  It’s a film that sparks a conversation, but doesn’t jam a point down your throat.

Available on Amazon, Youtube, Google Play.

“The Love Witch,” written and directed by Anna Biller

I saw the premiere of this at the Etheria Film Festival and was blown away by the commitment to the craft in the film.  The film delivers a mesmerizing performance from Samantha Robinson as our Love Witch, swoon worthy costumes, and production design and… MURDER! Anna Biller is a creator to watch.

Available on Youtube, Amazon and Vudu.

“Annabelle: Creation,”  written by Gary Dauberman, directed by David Sandberg

Haunted dolls will forever be one of my favorite sub genres.  This sequel out-shined the first “Annabelle” with some clever jump scares, and solid performances.  It’s the fourth installment in the “Conjuring” Universe, and I’m looking forward to “Annabelle 3” and “Shazam!” which is next on the docket for Sandberg.

Still in theaters, and has earned $280.3 million and counting.

 

“Raw,” written and directd by Julia Ducournau

This is the directorial debut of French filmmaker Julia Ducournau. “Raw” is a beautiful and enlightening take on cannibalism, and definitely not the film to see if you’re feeling queasy. It made a splash out of Cannes 2016, and got a limited release in early 2017 to rave reviews.

Available on Youtube, Amazon and Google Play.

“It,” directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman.

The biggest opening of the year was for a horror film!  “It” is breaking all kinds of box office records. The film has grossed over $200 million two weeks after it’s release and is holding a steady pace. Andy Muschietti, directs a nostalgic film with solid performances by the ensemble of Derry teens. The film runs long, and infused more CG than it needed, but it’s one that has rewatch value and the sequel is already in motion.  I saw it for the first time in a packed theater in a small town in Nevada riddled with teenagers who shielded their eyes every time Pennywise was on screen huddled up with their friends.  The film started with a bigger budget than most horror films made in the studio system these days, and luckily it over performed, which is great news for horror films.

Still in theaters.

“The Ritual,” written by Joe Barton and directed by David Bruckner

Netflix acquired the film out of the TIFF Midnight Section for a whopping $4.75 million price tag and we all can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. Bruckner has directed segments in a few anthologies (V/H/S, The Signal, Southbound) etc. which makes seeing a whole feature directed by him more exciting.

Currently doing festival circuit.

“Happy Death Day,” written by Scott Lobdell & directed by Christopher B. Landon

A horror version of “Groundhog Day” is a no brainer idea, and all of the teasers and trailers show this film being the fun, poppy, pre-Halloween (“Friday the 13th” to be exact) horror release we all want and need.

Release date: October 13, 2017 (USA).

“Jigsaw,” written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, directed by Michael Spierig

I still remember the first time I ever saw the trailer for “Saw.” While I’m not the hugest fan of gore, I’m curious to play a game with “Jigsaw” once again. “Saw” is a franchise that a lot of my non horror-loving friends dig, there’s something about it that lures you in.  The kills will no doubt be insane, and this will most likely have a good draw due to it’s release being the Friday before Halloween.

Release date: October 27th 2017.

“Polaroid,” written and directed by Lars Klevberg

This will mark one of the only recent original horror releases for Dimension, and could spawn a franchise.  The film hails from the producers of “The Ring” and “The Grudge” and the feature is based on the award-winning short of the same name by Lars Klevberg.  “Saw” started as a short, as did “Lights Out,” which is also getting a sequel so we have our fingers crossed for “Polaroid.”

Release date: December 1st 2017

“Shape of Water,” written by Vanessa Taylor and Guillermo del Toro, directed by del Toro

The film is a beautiful and horrific fairy tale from the mind that gave us “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Seemingly inspired by “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” stories of monsters will never go out of style.  Fox Searchlight is sure to make an awards push.

Release date: December 8th 2017.

‘It’ Stomps on Newcomers ‘American Assassin,’ ‘mother!’ With $7.2 Million at Thursday Box Office

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New Line’s “It” continues to dominate at the box office, earning another $7.2 million on Thursday while newcomers “American Assassin” and “mother!” took in $915,000 and $700,000 in previews, respectively.

Liongate and CBS Films’ thriller “American Assassin” is on track to open in the $12 million to $14 million range, on a production budget of $33 million.

The action film, based on the Mitch Rapp novel series by Vince Flynn, stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. It seems to be following the trajectory of 2014’s “John Wick,” which grossed $870,000 that Thursday and went on to make $14.4 million in its first weekend.

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Meanwhile, director Darren Aronofsky’s trippy horror movie “mother!” — which stars Jennifer Lawrence — is also targeting a $12 million to $14 million opening on a $30 million production budget.

Fox is releasing the movie, which also stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris.

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Last week, “It” became horror’s biggest box office hit ever, opening to $123 million and breaking several records in the process. The film adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel is expected to float at No. 1 again this weekend.

Since its debut, the film starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown has grossed $158.7 million domestically. It was produced for $35 million and directed by Andy Muschietti.

Last Thursday, the film broke two more box office records: largest horror film gross on a Thursday, and largest Thursday gross in September.

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‘It’ Second Weekend Ticket Sales Are Fandango’s Best for Any Horror Movie

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“It” is unstoppable at the box office. Fandango figures for the hit movie are the best the online ticket seller has seen for second-week sales of any horror movie, ever.

The film starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown is on the top of the Fanticipation chart, with the buzz indicator being at 89 out of 100 points. It is also double the second week sales of the next closest high-performing horror movie, “Get Out.”

“‘It’ isn’t clowning around as it continues to attract new fans and repeat viewers,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “Horror has never been hotter at the box office, especially smart, well-crafted thrillers like ‘It’ that break new ground. We can expect to see ‘It’ remaining a King-size hit for the rest of the month.”

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“It” opened last weekend to a record-breaking $123 million. It broke the record of the biggest September release and quickly became the top weekend opener for an R-rated horror movie, surpassing “Paranormal Activity 3.”

Since then, the movie has grossed $143.6 million at the domestic box office and surpassed the $200 million worldwide mark.

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“It” is expected to stay in the No. 1 spot this weekend. Paramount’s “mother!” and CBS Films’ “American Assassin” are opening this weekend, both anticipated to earn around $14 million.

“It” was directed by Andy Muschietti and also stars Jaden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs and Sophia Lillis.

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