The Week in Horror: 'Friday the 13th' reboot gets a push, 'The Crow' loses another star
Welcome once again to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: the reboot of a beloved slasher title gets a big push (into 2016), that long-gestating "Crow" reboot loses another star, and an acclaimed Netflix anthology series may be getting a U.S. version.
#1 "Friday the 13th," "Paranormal Activity 6" and "Rings" do the release-date shuffle
Paramount did the franchise-movie shuffle this week with the latest installments of three major horror series: their mysterious "Friday the 13th" reboot (moved from November 13, 2015 to May 13, 2016); "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (moved from March 13, 2015 to October 23, 2015); and "Rings," the belated third entry in the haunted VHS tape franchise, which will take "Friday the 13th's" November 13, 2015 slot. Let's hear it for unoriginality!
#2 Luke Evans is no longer Eric Draven
Luke Evans has dropped out of Relativity's remake of "The Crow," making him the 97th actor to leave the project. It hadn't been looking good for awhile; indeed, earlier this month Evans told me "it's [not] gonna be something I'm gonna be doing for awhile. I've got about four or five different projects which I'm lining up for this year, which will take up the majority of my 12 months. So not in the near future, unfortunately." At this rate they're gonna end up with Taylor Lautner.
#3 Eli Roth's "Knock, Knock" trailer arrives
A.k.a. "Hot Women Are Terrifying."
#4 "Black Mirror" may be getting a U.S. version
The acclaimed British sci-fi/horror anthology series, which has picked up quite a following on Netflix, may be getting a "U.S. rendition," according to Endemol Shine North America executive Charlie Corwin. "There is a plan," he said at Wednesday's Real Screen Summit. “[Creator Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones] really touched on something and I agree – we need more.” I'd say the show's fans are probably in agreement.
#5 The return of Dollface?
Belated sequel "The Strangers 2" is finally moving forward with director Marcel Langenegger, who helmed the 2008 movie "Deception" starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. Haven't seen it, but that 14% Rotten Tomatoes rating is...kinda grim.