Movie News: 'Evil Dead' Remake Begins Trilogy; 'Trainspotting' Sequel Scripting; One Direction Blunder

Movie News: 'Evil Dead' Remake Begins Trilogy; 'Trainspotting' Sequel Scripting; One Direction Blunder

Mar 11, 2013

Evil Dead 2 and 3: It's more and more common for sequels to be announced before the first film even opens. Just after reporting that a follow-up to Oz the Great and Powerful was prematurely in the works, we learned following the SXSW premiere of the Evil Dead remake that a sequel is also being planned for that not-yet-released horror film. Director Fede Alvarez stated that "we've already begun writing Evil Dead 2" during the post-screening Q&A, while producer Bruce Campbell admitted they're going for a trilogy. Check out our review of the remake, which is out next month, here. [Deadline]

Lance Armstrong: It's hard to get just one biopic about any major figure anymore, and now disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is to have at least three. One is the long-in-the-works documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney. Then there's the J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation of the upcoming book Cycle of Lies. And adding to the race is a Jay Roach-directed project scripted by Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects) working from the life rights of former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton. [Deadline]

Don Jon: The directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which we raved about at Sundance and hits SXSW today, is getting another change. After last month's announcement that the content of the film would be toned down for an R rating, now the title has also been edited from Don Jon's Addiction to simply Don Jon. The actor turned filmmaker, who also stars in the comedy, said the original title "was throwing some people off a bit from the point of the movie. People were assuming it was a film about porn addiction and sex addiction, which really isn’t true. That’d be sort of like saying The Maltese Falcon is a movie about a statue of a falcon." [EW]

One Direction: As part of a misguided promotional stunt for its upcoming documentary 1D3D, the Twitter for boy band One Direction accidentally encouraged fans to get tattoos related to the group by offering those with the permanent body art an appearance in the film. Fortunately tweets aren't as difficult to get rid of as tattoos, and this one was deleted. Of course, backlash can be everlasting, and One Direction is continuing to experience negative reactions to the foolish marketing flub. [HitFix

Cheap Thrills: The first deal of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival has been made with local heroes Drafthouse Films teaming up with Snoot Entertainment and picking up U.S. theatrical, home video and VOD rights to screenwriter E.L. Katz's directorial debut, Cheap Thrills. The dark comic thriller reunites Innkeepers costars Pat Healy and Sara Paxton for a story about a desperate new father given a Faustian sort of opportunity by a wealthy couple. We recently shared the trailer for the film, and if that didn't pique our interest enough, Drafthouse's involvement should be even more promising. [Deadline]

Trainspotting 2It's been talked about for years and years, but Danny Boyle is telling people at SXSW that the Trainspotting sequel, an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel, Porno, is moving forward again. John Hodge is back scripting the movie, which is now expected to be more loosely based on its source, and the aim is for a 2016 release (20 years after ther first) with the whole cast returning. Boyle also says he's working on two "interesting" period pieces but wouldn't give any more details. [The Playlist]

Trance clip: Speaking of Boyle, here's a lengthy clip from his new movie Trance starring James McAvoy:

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