Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Officially Tap Zoe Lister-Jones To Direct & Write ‘The Craft’ Reboot

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Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures have officially announced that Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing the new rendition of The Craft. 
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‘GLOW’ Star Betty Gilpin Set For ‘The Hunt’ From Universal & Blumhouse

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Ike Barinholtz Joins Cast of Damon Lindelof’s Action-Thriller ‘The Hunt’ at Universal

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Universal Pictures announced on Friday that Ike Barinholtz has joined the cast of the studio’s upcoming action-thriller “The Hunt.”

The plot for “The Hunt” has been kept under wraps. Deadline reported earlier this week that it’s expected to explore the escalating aggressiveness between the political right and left in America.

The script for the film is being written by “Lost” and “The Leftovers” creator Damon Lindelof and collaborator Nick Cuse.

Craig Zobel, who worked with Lindelof and Cuse on the HBO series “The Leftovers,” will direct.

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Universal plans to release the film in theaters on Oct. 18.

It was announced earlier in the week that Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Justin Hartley (“This is Us”) and Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) will star in the film.

Barinholtz was last seen opposite Tiffany Haddish in “The Oath,” which he also directed. His other film credits include “Blockers,” “Snatched,” “Neighbors” and Neighbors 2,” “Suicide Squad” and “Sisters.” He also wrote the action comedy “Central Intelligence” starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson with writing partner David Stassen.

Barinholtz will next be seen in CBS All Access’ “The Twilight Zone,” from “Get Out” and “Us” writer/director Jordan Peele. Among Barinholtz’s TV credits is “The Mindy Project,” for which he also served as a writer and producer, and he reunited with creator Mindy Kaling for the upcoming June release of the Sundance hit comedy “Late Night.”

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Jason Blum will produce “The Hunt” for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof for his White Rabbit shingle, while Cuse and Zobel executive produce.

Universal’s senior executive vice president of production Erik Baiers, senior vice president of production Jay Polidoro and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Barinholtz is represented by UTA, Artists First Inc. and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Zobel is represented by CAA and Alan Wertheimer, and Lindelof is represented by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Star Jessica Rothe on Dying ‘Only 8 Times’ In Sequel: ‘The Tables Have Turned’

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Jessica Rothe died 11 times in the first “Happy Death Day” film, and although she “only” died eight times in the sequel, she can finally add skydiving into the mix.

“I think this time I’m pretty sure it was only eight times [that I died],” Rothe told TheWrap. “That being said, Chris and I haven’t actually talked about this but my understanding is that Tree dies many more times than we see on screen. In the first film, she only died as many times as we saw. Because of her new mission and what she has to do, I decided for myself that this has been going on for a while.”

Rothe’s favorite, yet most challenging death scene was skydiving, where she jumped out of a plane wearing only a pink bikini.

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“That was broken into two parts — the first part was just me doing a trust fall out of the airplane onto some mats. It was really fun and silly,” she explained. “The second part — where I’m falling through the frame in slow motion — they built like a dunk tank platform and they pull me up seven or eight feet above the ground with pads below, and they’d count to three, and then I would just drop out from underneath. It happened so quickly that in order to get the facial expression and the physical pose, I would just have to tense my body as much as humanly possible because I just never knew when they were going to drop me. And it was surprisingly hard because I was in a swimsuit they couldn’t put me in a harness and I was falling in real time, and trying to look super cool and casual which was kind of a mindf—.”

In “Happy Death Day 2U,” Tree is once again stuck in a time loop on her birthday, where she wakes up to find a killer in a baby mask on a mission to kill her. But this time, the killer is also after her friends, and Tree must die over and over again to get them out of this mess and to discover who the killer is.

“The sequel starts where the first film left off,” Rothe said. “She is empowered, she has learned all these lessons and she’s ready to take them into the world. Even though the tables have turned and she thinks she’s escaped the situation, she’s going to handle things differently… And to have her continue fighting back was important to me as we developed the second film. There is more of an emotional arc in the second movie — that’s a part of Tree that we knew was there but we didn’t get to explore it as much in the first film. That’s what excited me about returning to the character — the chance of peeling back the layers even more and really seeing that more intimate, vulnerable side of Tree.”

There has been talk about a third “Happy Death Day” film given the critical and commercial success of the first and the inevitable triumph of the second. The first “Happy Death Day” scored a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a whopping $125 million globally — although it was made for just $4.5 million. The follow-up was produced for around double the budget.

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The second film’s title was a pun, and Rothe has an idea for the third movie’s title, assuming there is one.

“Someone tweeted ‘Happy Death Day Tree,’ and I want to find that person and pay them whatever rights we need to to use it,” she said. “That’s the best one I’ve heard so far.”

Other ideas floating around on Twitter have included “Happy Death Day <3,” “Happy D3ath Day”  and “Happy Death Day 3D.”

And Rothe has died many, many times, in many, many different ways. But her preferred way to go would be “dumped in chocolate cake” or skydiving: “The sensation of falling was kind of fun.”

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David Oyelowo on How His New Film ‘Relive’ Makes a ‘Far-Fetched’ Premise ‘Entirely Plausible’

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“We all, at one time or another, are going to experience some kind of death that rocks us to our core … and there’s no escaping that,” writer and director Jacob Estes told TheWrap during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Estes’ new film, “Relive,” which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, is a story of such loss. The film stars David Oyelowo as Los Angeles detective Jack Radcliff, who fields a distressed phone call from his niece Ashley (Storm Reid) and rushes to the rescue–only to find the girl and her parents dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

The film then takes on the air of a supernatural thriller as gets another call from Ashley after her death — from three days prior. With the cell-phone connection acting as a link between the past and the present, Jack urges Ashley to collect clues that will help him to solve her murder and change her fate.

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“The movie is about this horrific loss that detective Jack Radcliff, played by David Oyelowo suffers,” Estes said during an interview at TheWrap studio at Sundance. “This movie is sort of this very dark territory where David’s character is allowed to maybe have an opportunity to talk to the dead to save her.”

The script for “Relive” originally centered  on a white family living on a farm in Ohio, but the project changed after Oyelowo, drawn to the story’s emotional core, expressed interest in starring.

“For me, even though it had these genre elements, even though it had this wonderfully complex plot ultimately it was about love,” Oyelowo said at TheWrap’s Sundance studio. “It was about a love that would engender a man to reach through space and time to try and save his niece and for her to do the same for her family.”

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“Relive” plays as part supernatural thriller, part time-warped police procedural. The film, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, taps into genre beats to deliver the love story Oyelowo was so keen on showing.

He said that underlying emotion was what they focused on during filming. They didn’t want to lean too heavily into the pulpy genre aesthetics and lose the realistic connection between the characters.

“We talked about tone a lot when we were doing the film and the tone that we went for was something very grounded, something that feels entirely plausible and realistic,” Oyelowo said. “We didn’t want to necessarily have a thunder clap that splits time or some kind of earthquake or something of that nature that we’ve probably seen in other movies before — it was theoretical and then everything else is literal and to me, that is the special quality of the film because you forget that there is an element of the premise that is far-fetched and then you just start transposing your own life onto this situation.”

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Netflix PR Chief Karen Barragan Moves Over to Blumhouse

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Longtime Netflix communications chief Karen Barragan is leaving to head up PR efforts for Blumhouse.

Barragan, who confirmed the news to TheWrap, served as VP for original series publicity and will replace Teri Everett at Blumhouse beginning next month as the head of marketing and communications. She will oversee both the film and TV divisions at the production company, which is behind films including “Get Out” and the “Purge” film franchise, as well as HBO’s “Sharp Objects.” Blumhouse films have generated more than $4 billion at the box office.

“Blumhouse is bold and fearless. I’m intrigued by the ambitious vision set out by Jason and his team and looking forward to working across film and television in this role,” Barragan said, in a statement. “I take immense pride in all that the global publicity team accomplished during my tenure at Netflix and am forever indebted to Ted and Cindy for their support. It’s been an incredible ride and I reveled in every second of it.”

Barragan spent the past six years at Netflix heading up originals PR at a time when Netflix was first getting into scripted content with series like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” She’ll be joining Blumhouse as the company continues to push more into television and streaming.

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“Karen has been a pioneering and well-respected leader at one of the the most innovative and successful media companies in history,” Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse, said in a statement. “We are thrilled she is joining the Blumhouse team to help bolster our global brand generate even greater anticipation and awareness for the incredible films and TV series we are producing.”

Last month, Blumhouse Television struck a deal with Amazon Studios to produce eight feature-length thrillers. The films will be released direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video, and the two companies are committing to attaching diverse and underrepresented filmmakers to these titles. The deal marks Amazon Studios’ first-ever global direct-to-service deal for feature-length productions.

Everett, who also served as executive vice president of global communication for Universal Filmed Entertainment, is leaving Blumhouse after less than two years. In fact, she’s leaving the corporate world altogether. “Teri has been a terrific partner and has played an invaluable role in the ongoing growth of Blumhouse,” Blum added.  “At the same time, I appreciate that she wants to do something completely different at this point in her life.”

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