The 'It' remake has officially wrapped

The 'It' remake has officially wrapped
Credit: Barbara Muschietti/Instagram

The It remake/re-adaptation has officially completed filming, and producer Barbara Muschietti (sister of director Andres Muschietti) announced the news via Instagram along with, appropriately, a very creepy jack-in-the-box styled after Pennywise, the murderous clown who terrorizes the children (and later adults) of Derry, Maine:

Starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Grazer, Chosen Jacobs and Wyatt Oleff as the pre-teen "Losers' Club," this is the first part of a planned two-part adaptation of King's 1986 novel, which was previously adapted into a 1990 ABC miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. 

As we previously reported, the production has gone through some tumult over the past couple of years, with original director Cary Fukunaga dropping out last year following a creative disagreement with the studio. As the filmmaker told Variety later: “I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what [the studio] knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience. ...In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn’t want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive."

David Kajganich, Fukunaga and Chase Palmer all previously worked on the script, with the most recent draft being written by Muschietti and Gary Dauberman. Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) was previously cast as Pennywise but dropped out following Fukunaga's departure.

It is slated for release on September 8, 2017.

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Fast and Furious Goes West

Fast and Furious Goes West

Fans!

Ever wonder what it would look like if the Fast and Furious franchise decided to move out west on horseback? If so check out this SPOILER review of Antoine Fuqua's latest film, The Magnificent Seven.

This new take on the remake will have you laughing, while on the edge of your seat... or will it?  

Let us know what you think about the film in the comments below!

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'Monster Trucks,' a movie that hasn't come out yet, may have already lost $115 million

'Monster Trucks,' a movie that hasn't come out yet, may have already lost $115 million
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Monster Trucks, a $100 million film you probably didn't know existed, is already being viewed as a box-office flop...by the company that's releasing it. Allegedly!

Unnamed sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter claim that the $115 million "programming impairment charge...related to the expected performance of an unreleased film" cited in Viacom's most recent earnings forecast (Viacom being the parent company of Paramount Pictures) is in fact a reference to the Chris Wedge-directed action film, which was originally pegged for release on May 29, 2015 but is now slated for January 13, 2017 -- a release date that doesn't suggest the studio has a lot of confidence in the film's ability to compete.

Another unnamed source also told THR that while the film was intended as a "broad-audience title," it ended up being "more of a kids movie," which sounds terrible.

For the uninitiated, Monster Trucks is a "3D live-action/computer-animated action comedy" that was produced by Paramount Animation and stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Rob Lowe. Here's the official synopsis, which I honestly cannot wrap my head around:

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

And here's the trailer:

We've reached out to a representative at Paramount for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Emotional 'Star Wars' fan film will have you feeling sorry for stormtroopers

Maybe it's another drill.
Emotional 'Star Wars' fan film will have you feeling sorry for stormtroopers
Credit: Benjamin Eck

Over the years we've gotten to know more about those nameless, faceless Star Wars stormtroopers. Attack of the Clones filled us in on their predecessors, clone troopers, who we also learned more about in the animated series The Clone Wars. And well we really got to know one in The Force Awakens. But this new fan film delves deeper.

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Play Along In Our Game of 6 Degrees of Keanu Reeves

Play Along In Our Game of 6 Degrees of Keanu Reeves

Fans!

It's game time here on Fandemonium! Buckle in and get ready for the best version of 6 Degrees of Keanu Reeves you'll ever see!

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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, & Janelle Monáe shine in 'Hidden Figures' trailer

Look up.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, & Janelle Monáe shine in 'Hidden Figures' trailer
Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

When the first trailer for Hidden Figures was released Donna Dickens and I had a discussion about it that amounted to "This is so amazing, why did the educational system fail us so badly that we've never heard of these women?" Suffice to say, we're happy the story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) is finally being told.

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DC movies need more 'lightness' says Time Warner head

DC movies need more 'lightness' says Time Warner head

The underperformance and critical panning of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad drove some significant changes within DC Films with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns taking the reigns. And now we’re hearing from the big boss what we might expect to see in future DC movies.

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'Lost Stars' is the best Star Wars novel you've never read

'Lost Stars' is the best Star Wars novel you've never read

Star Wars Ph.D: Every week, Jon Davis will take a look at the new, expanded Star Wars universe and discuss which Star Wars projects are worthy of our attention.

Let's talk about the best novel in the new Star Wars canon: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray.  Claudia is a lifelong Star Wars fan and when given the opportunity to tell a story set during Episodes 4-7, she knocked it out of the park. 

Lost Stars is designated as Young Adult novel but don't let that put you off. First, there's nothing wrong with Young Adult. In fact, it's a label publishers give to any book starring characters younger than 27.  If Catcher in the Rye came out today, it would be labeled Young Adult. 

Second, yes, Lost Stars features a torrid romance that spirals outwards and destroys friendships and families. But it's also Star Wars through and through. The books stars Thane Kyrell, a independent boy who comes from a wealthy family on the windy planet of Jelucan, and Cienna Ree, a girl hailing from the villages of Jelucan, who grew up poor and honor bound to the Empire. But the two both share a love for flying, and they become fast friends. They grow up together, enter the Imperial Academy together, develop feelings for one another...until they end up on opposite sides of the galactic war between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. This threatens to put them in direct conflict where they could end up killing each other. 

There's a Romeo & Juliet story here, but there's also a Rosencrantz & Guildenstern element, as these two young soldiers can be found in every major Star Wars event in the original trilogy. And it doesn't feel shoehorned in, like Nikki and Paulo in Lost. It's earned and it makes complete sense. None of the outcomes of any of the battles are changed or altered, we are just seeing their story play out. 

Claudia Gray alternates between Thane and Cienna's perspectives. When they are at odds -- and they are at odds a lot -- there's a lot of room to question who is more honorable or morally superior during every twist and turn of the bigger Star Wars story. We might think we side with one character, until we get the other's point of view, leaving us with a thorough understanding of both.

Claudia Gray not only does great character work, but she knows her way around a swashbuckling action scene. Seriously, this is probably the best non-movie Star Wars tale since The Force Awakens was announced.  I truly hope it's adapted into a live action TV mini series. And if you were ever wondering what the origins of the wreckage on Jakku in The Force Awakens, you might get your answers here as well.

Is it canon? YES

Is it worth your time? YES

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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson

Oscar-winning writer-director was 71 years old
Goodbye, Curtis Hanson
Credit: David Shankbone

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of films including L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes, has died. He was 71 years old.

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Joss Whedon returns to Twitter with a very special message from the Avengers

He's baaaaack.
Joss Whedon returns to Twitter with a very special message from the Avengers
Credit: Save the Day

Joss Whedon is officially back on twitter and he's brought The Avengers and a few other friends along to encourage you to Save the Day.

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