‘It’ Remake Finds Its Pennywise

Perhaps one of the biggest talking points for the It remakes has been who they would get to play Pennywise.  Whoever they would choose would have some large shoes to fill left by Tim Curry in the 1990 made for television adaptation.

It has been announced that the role has been cast, going to Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, We’re the Miller’s).  His work in the upcoming The Revenant caught the studio’s attention and it is said that his audition for Pennywise sealed the deal. 

Review: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Director: Chris Hopewell, Crispian Mills
Release Date: June 8 2012
Based on: Paranoia in the Launderette by Bruce Robinson
Genre: Horror Comedy
Starring: Simon Pegg
Availability: Streaming on Netflix and other sites

Summary: Children’s book author Jack (Simon Pegg) has switched genres and is working on a book about Victorian Era serial killers.  His research has left him paranoid, which is only worsened when a serial killer becomes active in his neighborhood.

Stumbled across this on Netflix last night and the wife and I decided it was worth a try.  I hadn’t heard of it, but I loved Pegg in Shaun of the Dead.  While it was an interesting story, Pegg is what really made it shine.

With the exception of a few jump scares and minor gore, the subject matter is the main component of the horror aspect.  The film is very much a comedy placed within a horror atmosphere, which Pegg excels at. 

Much of the humor comes from Jack’s paranoia and his dramatic over reactions to his fears.  He creates situations for himself that only worsens his fears and leads to more laughs for the audience.

Overall I enjoyed the film and would recommend it.

Daryl Dixon Death Rumors Silenced

Fans have been worrying that Daryl Dixon’s days were numbered on The Walking Dead.  This was started with reports that actor Norman Reedus had put his Atlanta home up for sale. 

In a recent interview Reedus squashed these rumors by admitting “that’s not even my house.  It’s a rumor.” So fans can rest easy that Daryl’s death isn’t imminent, or at least as imminent as they were thinking.

The Walking Dead is set to begin filming season 6 next week and will premiere in October.  Look for the companion series Fear The Walking Dead later this summer.

Silent Hills Has Been Silenced

One of the games I’ve been looking forward to most is Silent Hills.  A collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro, Hideo Kojima, and Norman Reedus was a dream come true.  This was going to be one of the upcoming titles to convince me to make my move to the next gen consoles, but the departure of Kojima has left the project shrouded in mist.  Del Toro has noted that “it isn’t going to happen” though it looks like he was speaking of his collaboration with Kojima.  However, news that the teaser is being pulled from the PlayStation store by the end of the month does not bode well for the project. 

Konami has not made a statement on the matter though Norman Reedus posted on Twitter ” Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone 🍕 http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN”

Fear The Walking Dead

The companion series to The Walking Dead is on its way.  It has been contracted for two season, the first of which will air late summer 2015.  This will give us a bit of walker action until the regular series returns in October. 

Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead will be 6 episodes like the original series.  It has also been announced that the series will not explain the origin of the zombie apocalypse. 

I’m mixed about the series right now.  It’s going to be nice having some TWD during the summer and having a shorter wait, but I am sceptical that it will live up to the original series.

Walking Dead Spinoff Filming in California?

Rumor has it that the pilot will be filmed in California.  A Reddit user supposedly got a notice that their town may be used for shooting the pilot. 

This goes against the supposed casting in Pennsylvania.  However, the pilot could be shot in California, then the rest of the series shot in Pennsylvania to save costs.  Time will only tell for these details.