We're just a few short weeks away from Halloween (also known as "The Best Time of the Year" at Casa de Bracken), so it's only natural that we're getting some updates about various horror-movie projects.
In the most terrifying news I've heard in a long time, director Michael Bay recently revealed that he'd love to make his own self-financed fright flick. The man best known for bringing us "giant f**king robots" in four Transformers films would like to shift gears at some point -- and he thinks horror is where he'd like to be.
"I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie. I love this genre because the movie is the star."
Before you scoff, keep in mind that Bay does have genre experience -- his Platinum Dunes production company has crafted a number of notable genre remakes in the past few years. While the idea of a Michael Bay horror movie doesn't sound particularly appealing, I'd be willing to give it a shot if he keeps the explosions and ridiculous quick cuts in check. [via Coming Soon]
Meanwhile, filmmaker Kevin Smith was supposed to be easing into retirement, but the director is returning to the land of bizarre horror with his latest feature Tusk.
Michael Parks and Justin Long will star in this bizarre tale (and will not be joined by Quentin Tarantino) about an old sea dog (Parks) who wants capture a podcaster (Long) and dress him up as a walrus. I wish I were making this up.
The film is based on a newspaper ad and has come together very quickly for the Clerks filmmaker. The idea initially turned up on a Smith podcast about four months ago and now it's set for production this November, which is slightly later than the original planned October start, simply because Smith and his crew lost their location and had to find a new one.
With that out of the way, all things appear go for the film. Smith would love to finish shooting and editing before next year's Sundance. This upcoming fest marks the 20th anniversary of Clerks debuting, so it's a special date for the director. Plus, maybe he can auction the rights to the film to himself after the screening! People really loved when he did that with Red State... [via Cinemablend]
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