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Bruce Campbell Wants to Make a Political Satire with Ted Raimi

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Evil Dead franchise star Bruce Campbell is looking to step back behind the camera for his next project as a director, and he’s even written a screenplay he’s hoping to have shot in 2020. Speaking in an extensive interview with 1428 Elm, Campbell opened up on his career and life after Ash vs Evil Dead, giving his fans an idea of what to expect next from him next. While still far from finished as an actor, Campbell revealed he’s written a screenplay for a “political satire,” and the plan is to begin shooting it sometime next year.

“I just finished my second draft so I’m getting that out to the old cronies for feedback. Then I’m going to get it out for budgeting and then I’m going to go shopping. I want to see if there are any 26-year-old executives that will greenlight this.”

Campbell also says there’s no question he will direct this Untitled Political Satire himself as well as writing the script. Additionally, Campbell suggests he is also likely to star in the project, noting how scheduling conflicts are never an issue if you cast yourself. While stopping short of divulging further details about the plot, Campbell offers a few hints and teases the idea of co-starring with frequent collaborator Ted Raimi in the satirical movie.

“It’s a comedy hopefully with a little more substance than sizzle. But still it’s a little more like an adult comedy. There’s plenty of gags, let’s not kid ourselves here. I’m trying to get my buddy, Ted. There’s s*** I want to do with the two of us before we’re too old and now’s about the time.”

If Campbell’s political satire project is a go, it would mark his first time back in the director’s chair since the 2007 meta-comedy My Name Is Bruce. Campbell also starred in the movie as a fictionalized version of himself, forced to fight a monster when he is mistaken for his Ash character from the Evil Dead franchise. He also helmed and starred in the cult classic 2005 movie Man with the Screaming Brain and directed the documentaries Fanalysis and A Community Speaks. On the TV side of things, Campbell has also directed multiple episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules, and V.I.P..

After Starz put an end to Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Campbell announced his retirement from playing Ash Williams in any more live-action projects, although he will continue to voice the character in video games and potentially other animated projects. As far as the acting goes, Campbell also says he’s been cast for an indie project which begins shooting in January in New England, and the role apparently requires him to grow out his beard.

“This one is way different. It’s a ’70s period movie. That should be kind of cool. I’m going to utilize my first beard on camera. It’s a good Captain’s beard.”

Fans of Campbell can currently catch him as the host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not on the Travel Channel. He will also soon be lending his voice to the Netflix animated series The Last Kids on Earth. This news comes to us from 1428 Elm.

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Former Disney Artist Imagines What The X-Men Could Look Like In The MCU

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Marvel Comics has countless beloved characters on their pages, although some have been able to stand out as fan favorites. Chief among them are the X-Men, with the mutants framed as outsiders who are protecting the society that fears and hates them. Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fandom has been patiently waiting for the X-Men to appear. This was made all the more possible with Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. And one former Disney artists has imagined what it might look like.

Disney and Fox’s merger had big implication for the film world in general. But for comic book fans, the biggest question was how/when Fox characters like the Fantastic Four and X-Men might finally join the MCU. It appears that Marvel is going to take its time before bringing the scrappy group of mutants back to theaters, but one artist’s rendering of how it might happen is enough to cause goosebumps for comic book enthusiasts. Check it out below.

I mean, come on. This image shows comic book accurate costumes for the X-Men, as well as the return of Wolverine. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how the studio actually goes about bringing mutants to the massive shared universe.

This image comes to us from artist Jason Pastrana (via Reddit), who made some concept art showing how the X-Men might look from within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pastrana formerly worked as Disney’s senior concept artist, so he knows the House of Mouse well. But he seems especially passionate about comic book adaptations, often crafting brilliant illustrations of long awaited comic book moments and crossovers. The above image is certainly no exception.

Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox was an exciting bit of intel for comic book fans, and the timing seemed to fit perfectly with where the MCU currently is. Phase Three ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Avengers: Endgame provided an ending for some of the shared universe’s biggest characters. Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow all received fitting conclusions to their stories, in addition to the previous death of Vision. And with Spider-Man departing the MCU thanks to Sony and Marvel’s negotiations, new characters will be needed to fill out the shared universe.

The X-Men seem like a great choice for this purpose, as the mutant team typically featured plenty of fascinating characters. Each individual member of the team has their own traumas and struggles, so if the characters are properly serviced they should make for great storytelling. It might be a challenge to find the right director to balance an ensemble cast, but the mutants would seemingly fit in perfectly to the MCU.

This image also featured the return of Wolverine, who is finally rocking his iconic yellow and blue costume. Comic book fans waited for years to see that costume translated into live-action, but Hugh Jackman never suited up during his tenure in the franchise. The costumes in Fox’s X-Men franchise were typically toned down, black, and made of leather. This was an attempt to give the team a more realistic look, despite fans hoping for the colorful costumes from the comics.

It’s ultimately unclear if/when the X-Men will finally join the MCU. Fox’s long running franchise only recently ended with Dark Phoenix, which is considered to be one of the weakest X-Men movies. There’s nothing mutant-centric on the current slate of Phase Four, and Kevin Feige has expressed his interest in giving the characters some time off screen before rebooting them.

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The Shining 4K Restoration Is Coming to Theaters Ahead of Doctor Sleep

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Horror fans have reason to celebrate, as The Shining is heading back to theaters in its newly restored, 4K version. Warner Bros. has decided to bring the Stanley Kubrick classic back to the big screen for a two-night event in honor of Doctor Sleep, the upcoming sequel to the iconic Stephen King tale. What better way to prepare for such a thing then by watching the original in ultra high-definition?

The Shining, in its newly restored form, will play in theaters across the country on Thursday, September 26 and Tuesday, October 1. To commemorate the occasion, a new poster has been revealed that is loaded with some of the most recognizable imagery from the movie. We see an outline of Jack Torrence with his bloody ax. Contained inside that outline is Danny riding his tricycle, the Overlook Hotel and some of Jack’s typed up pages. The poster alone would be enough to get fans excited, but the possibility of seeing this on the big screen, possibly for the first time, is also a tantalizing prospect.

The poster also reveals that tickets for Doctor Sleep will be going on sale starting October 25. Those who attend one of these screenings of The Shining will be treated to a sneak peek of Doctor Sleep. What that will include? It’s difficult to say. Warner Bros. did something similar with IT Chapter Two ahead of its release. The studio re-released IT in theaters for two-nights as well, including a preview of the sequel. It could be a featurette. It could be an extended scene. For now, there is no further information, so all we can do is speculate.

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We were recently treated to a final trailer for Doctor Sleep. The recent trailer, and marketing in general, has been heavy on The Shining connections. Warner Bros. knows that’s the big hook here and they’re leaning into it in a big way. These screenings speak to that as well. This Stephen King adaptation comes from director Mike Flanagan. Previously, Flanagan directed King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix, which was previously viewed as un-adaptable. So he may well be the man for the job. And it’s a big job, considering that Stanley Kubrick’s movie has gone on to become one of the most beloved horror movies of all time.

Though, things didn’t start out that way. Critics were divided on The Shining when it was first released and it was, at best, a modest hit. Yet, over the years, it’s been widely embraced by cinephiles as one of the true classics and one of Kubrick’s finest achievements. This, despite the fact that Stephen King hasn’t been shy about the fact that he’s not a huge fan of the interpretation of his work. Doctor Sleep is set to arrive in theaters on November 8. Be sure to check out the new poster below. To grab tickets for The Shining re-release, head on over to Fandango.

<strong><em>The Shining</em></strong> 4K restoration poster

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How Hollywood Has Reacted To Sid Haig’s Death

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Last night, the Emmys honored those industry figures that passed away over the last year in the In Memoriam segment, and now sadly another name can be added to that list. News broke earlier this morning that actor Sid Haig has passed away on Saturday at the age of 80. The horror legend was a veteran actor with well over 100 film and TV credits to his name and Hollywood reacted to his death with sadness and happy memories of a man much kinder than the characters he often played.

There has been an outpouring of love and condolences from fans and filmmakers alike, but first, take a look at the announcement of Sid Haig’s death from his wife, Susan L. Oberg.

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On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected. Sidney Eddie Mosesian 7/14/39 – 9/21/19 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend. Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.

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According to Variety, Sid Haig suffered a fall several weeks ago and once at the hospital, he wound up having serious breathing complications. The actor eventually succumbed to a lung infection and as you can see, his death was a shock to his family and loved ones, who are obviously heartbroken.

To his wife and family he was Sidney, but to many fans Sid Haig was Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s horror trilogy, which includes House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and the recently released 3 From Hell. Rob Zombie took to Instagram to remember the man who brought his horror creation to life.

Reliving fond memories is the best anyone can do when a friend and loved one passes and for Rob Zombie, he chose to look back at the beginning of the journey he and Sid Haig went on together, at something that became so much more than that beginning suggested. Captain Spaulding is a horror icon for many and that’s far from Sid Haig’s only contribution to horror. Ryan Turek, VP of Film Development at Blumhouse took to Twitter to offer his gratitude to Sid Haig.

“Especially the fans” Ryan Turek said and this is a common thing we are hearing in light of Sid Haig’s death: how kind he was and how generous he was to fans with his time at conventions. Don Mancini, the creator of Chucky and shepherd of the Child’s Play franchise also remembered Sid Haig for his kindness.

Another horror vet, special effects makeup artist, actor and director Tom Savini also took to Twitter to say farewell to his friend Sid Haig.

Calling him a historical landmark gives a sense of the indelible mark Sid Haig left on those he knew and his corner of the industry. Even those not known for horror films, or really the film industry in general, are saddened by Sid’s passing. One of those people is wrestler Jerry Lawler.

In addition to his most famous work in Rob Zombie’s horror films, Sid Haig also starred in films like Foxy Brown, Bone Tomahawk, George Lucas’ THX 1138 and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Among horror fans and those who knew him, it is clear that he will not be forgotten.

3 From Hell arrives on home video on October 15. Our condolences go out to Sid Haig’s family and loved ones.

 

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