Rounding up the latest movie news, but with a Halloween spin ...
-- They're baaaaack! If you thought you were finished with Cabin Fever sequels, then you were right ... except they never said anything about prequels. Two prequels, to be exact. The films, titled Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak, will be filmed back-to-back early next year in the Dominican Republic. From the press release:
Jake Wade Wall ("The Hitcher," "When Strangers Call") has signed on to pen the screenplay for "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero." When a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.
"Cabin Fever: Outbreak" is being written by Adam and Deborah Marcus ("Leatherface 3D," "I Walked With a Zombie"). In this film a doctor and his family travel to a remote Caribbean island to investigate a minor flu outbreak, only to discover a vicious flesh-eating virus that threatens everyone on the island. The family is faced with responsibility to prevent a worldwide epidemic.
-- Sony Pictures Animation is currently readying their upcoming flick Hotel Transylvania, and they've produced some concept sketches of Dracula (as voiced by Adam Sandler). These are early designs for the character, who in the film runs a resort where monsters and their families can come to escape from the annoying human world. [via Coming Soon]
-- Speaking of animation, DreamWorks Animation is moving ahead on an animated feature based on the short film Alma from Rodrigo Blaas about dolls that steal the souls of children. Blass will direct the feature as well. Freaky. Guillermo del Toro helped put the whole thing together, and he'll be a producer on the movie. Watch the original short below. [via The LA Times]
Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.
-- More alien abductions on the way! First off Eddie Murphy recently talked about a new film he's writing about a bunch of guys who are abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. He's hoping to team up with Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan, who were originally two of the stars of the all-black Tower Heist before it was rewritten to include a mix of black and white characters. He told Moviehole: "I have this idea called ‘Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael’s Wack-Ass Weekend‘ about this group of guys who get abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. I’m writing that now.”
-- Next up in the alien abduction department is a film called Abducted (no relation to the Taylor Lautner movie Abduction), about a group of average Americans who are abducted by aliens and must fight their way off the alien's ship. According to Deadline, Paramount wants to turn this one into a fun little sci-fi thriller, and they've assigned John Glenn to writing duties. Glenn helped out on drafts of Clash of the Titans and Eagle Eye previously. No word if Taylor Lautner will star.
-- JK Rowling recently admitted that she seriously considered killing Ron Weasley in the final Harry Potter book because, ya know, out of the three he was the least famous. We're kidding! Here's what she really said: "Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, I wouldn’t have done it." [via The Telegraph]
-- And finally, here's a little Halloween card The Muppets sent around earlier today.