James Wan and Larry Sanitsky teaming up for Stephen King’s Tommyknockers

Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for the big screen rights to Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Wan (The Conjuring) and Roy Lee (IT) will produce the film, which has no director or writer yet.

Universal reportedly beat out Sony Pictures and Netflix for the rights.

The 1987 horror novel is described as follows: Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she’s found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents’ health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.

Wan from Atomic Monster and Lee from Vertigo are joining producer Larry Sanitsky (the 1993 TV miniseries based on The Tommyknockers) to work on the film.

The Tommyknockers is the second best-selling Stephen King book in its hardcover release. The book outsold IT. The previous Tommyknockers miniseries starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. There was talk of doing a miniseries version of the book back in 2013 for NBC.

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BEGIN SLIDESHOW New trailer debuts for drama The Escape, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper

Following its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, a new trailer has premiered for the upcoming drama The Escape, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper.

The film follows Tara, a woman who finds herself overworked in her life as a stay-at-home mother and falling out of love with her self-absorbed husband, Mark (Cooper). Choosing to no longer remain unhappy, Tara buys a one-way ticket to Paris in hopes of rediscovering herself and to come to grip with her life and her future. The film has earned very positive reviews from critics following its debut at TIFF, with critics praising the emotional depths of Tara’s journey of self-discovery and singling out Arterton’s lead performance as a major highlight of the movie.

Arterton is well-known for her breakthrough role in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, and the Disney adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, as well as playing Gretel in the fantasy action horror Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Cooper has become a fan and critic favorite in recent years with his roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a young Howard Stark and the AMC adaptation of the graphic novel series Preacher, which has a third season set to premiere on June 24.


BEGIN SLIDESHOW Deadpool 2’s David Leitch confirmed to direct Fast & Furious spinoff

It was reported back in February that Deadpool 2 director David Leitch was in early talks to take the helm of the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff, and now a Tweet from the official Fast & Furious Twitter account confirms he has signed on the dotted line. The Fast & Furious spinoff will follow Dwayne Johnson’s Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s assassin Deckard Shaw, and has a script from Chris Morgan, who has worked on the franchise since Tokyo Drift in 2006.

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The Universal Pictures film has a release date of July 26, 2019. David Leitch started off as a stuntman, and transitioned into directing. He worked with Chad Stahelski on John Wick, which was their directorial debut. He also directed Atomic Blonde. He worked as a second unit director on films like Ninja AssassinHitman: Agent 47 and Captain America: Civil WarDeadpool 2 will hit theaters on May 18.

What do you guys think of David Leitch taking the helm on the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff? Are you excited to see the...

Jet Li and Gong Li join Disney’s live-action Mulan

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jet Li (The Expendables 3) and Gong Li (Ana) will be starring in Disney‘s live-action movie Mulan! The announcement comes after the recent news that Donnie Yen (IP Man franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will be playing Commander Tung in the Mulan reimagining. The trio will be joining Liu Yifei, who stars as the lead in the titular role.

Jet Li is said to be in final talks to play the emperor of China, who orders the mobilization of troops via the conscription of one male from each household, which is how we find Mulan disguising herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military. Gong Li has been confirmed as the movie’s villain, a powerful witch. Xana Tang (Filthy Rich) is also joining the cast as Mulan’s sister.

Mulan, released by the studio in 1998, adapted the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take the place of her aging father in the military.

Mulan is part of an ambitious slate of live-action adaptations of classic animated features at Disney. That slate includes The Lion KingThe Jungle Book 2, CruellaMaleficent 2DumboJames and the Giant PeachWinnie the Pooh, PinocchioGeniesNight on...

BEGIN SLIDESHOW The promo and photos for Gotham Episode 4.18

FOX has released the promo and photos for Gotham Episode 4.18. Set to air on April 12 and titled “A Dark Knight: That’s Entertainment,” the episode is officially described as follows:

“The Arkham inmates are still running freely in Gotham and they’re only getting more difficult to catch. Gordon develops a plan, but reluctantly has to turn to Bruce for help. Meanwhile, Barbara finds out just how far her new friends are willing to go for her.”

Gotham Season 4 stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s Ah Ghul, and Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone.

Gotham is based upon DC characters and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens serve as executive producers on the series.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Let us know in the comments below!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Video: Coco Co-Director Adrian Molina in Mexico

Disney•Pixar’s Coco is available today on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand, and was lucky enough to attend a home video junket in Oaxaca, Mexico where we interviewed the film’s co-writer and co-director Adrian Molina! Check out the video interview in the player below, conducted amid the pre-Columbian archaeological site Monte Albán!

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Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico, explore the essential role of music in Coco and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming, Miguel’s beautifully complicated family, Dante the loyal Xolo dog and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more.

Coco is packaged several ways to ensure viewers get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K...

Step Sisters trailer: Netflix film takes on competitive dance

Originally set for a theatrical release last year through Broad Green Pictures, the first trailer for Step Sisters has arrived online as Netflix will premiere the film on their streaming service on January 19! Check out the Step Sisters trailer below.

The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder), Naturi Naughton (Power, The Client List), Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marque Richardson, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier and Alessandra Torresani.

Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She’s president of her sorority, captain of the step crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to to Harvard Law School. But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah begins training rivals Sigma Beta Beta (SBB) for the “Steptacular” competitive dance competition.

Directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full) and written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People), who also serves as an executive producer, Step Sisters is produced by Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe (Master of None), Ben Cory Jones (Insecure) and Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton). Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman also serve as producers, and...