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We could be looking at a new-found respect for horror movies in the recent future. Now, I don’t want to hear any of this post-horror crap (Post-horror doesn’t exist, okay? It just doesn’t! Horror has always been a broach genre with lots of films and some of them are good and some of them are bad and, guess what, some of them deal with complex themes – arguably horror is the best genre for something like. So, shut it!), but it does appear people are starting to take horror movies more seriously. At least, some horror movies.

When Get Out won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay it was a big deal. Obviously that film had a lot to say about race relations in America, but it also marked the first horror movie to win an Academy Award since The Silence of the Lambs in 1991! And now there’s talk that John Krasinski’s breakout success A Quiet Place could be getting Oscar Buzz too.

But that’s not the only news with regards to A Quiet Place. We reported earlier this year that Paramount are moving forward with a sequel to the near-silent movie, but that Krasinski – who co-wrote, directed and starred in the movie – wasn’t interested in being a part of it. This was fine by me, I didn’t especially come out of A Quiet Place hoping for a sequel (Quiet Places? A Quiet Place 2: Die Quieter?) and, while I did enjoy the film, figured by passing off the sequel to some else we’d have a 50/50 chance of either winding up with Aliens or Freddie’s Revenge. But now it appears that John Krasinski is returning to write the screenplay, which is he currently working on now.

It’s unknown at this point where Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, who also appeared in the original film as his on-screen wife, will be returning to the franchise, but she’s busy at the moment anyway what with being Mary Poppins and working on another Disney feature, the adaptation of Jungle Cruise. But, despite not knowing very much, the prospect of an Emily Blunt lead horror franchise in the vein of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is a rather tantalising prospect.

In other horror movie news (I’m a horror fan, okay? Get over it. It’s the best genre), apparently the Wrong Turn franchise looks set to be getting the reboot treatment.

Now, if you’re not sure what Wrong Turn is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The first film in the franchise (called Wrong Turn, funnily enough) was a fun, albeit dumb, Hickspoitation film from 2003 that starred Eliza Dushku. Despite middling reviews and a somewhat average performance at the box office, it went on to spawn five (yep, count them) direct-to-video sequels. For some reason the producers have decided the franchise needs to return (I guess fear of crazy, backward Americans is a very real thing again… can’t imagine why…) and are planning to restart the series with a new screenplay.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Hollywood, The Flash movie has been delayed again. I don’t know about you guys but I’m beginning to suspect that the DCEU might be having some issues behind the scenes…

Originally scheduled for release this year (2018), it’s now been pushed back to 2021. The official reason for the delay is that Ezra Millar is set to appear in Warner Bros other excellent cinematic universe attempt Fantastic Beasts 3, which is expected to start filming in 2019. But, personally, I think Warners plan to restart the entire DCEU and probably plan to only keep Gal Gadot on from the original cast (and Jason Momoa if Aquaman does well, I guess). So, I suspect we’ll see The Flash either continue to slow down (get it?).

Also, Fantastic Beasts was a terrible movie, the sequel is going to be atrocious and you know it, why are we doing this? Warner Bros. seem so desperate to get in this extended universe game they’ll try anything at this point. The DCEU is a mess beyond repair (two Joker films? No Batman or Superman?), and Warner Bros. strategy to everything really does appear to be just reboot. Speaking of which…

After two losses with their animation group (inventively titled Warner Animation Group, or WAG, which is funny because it means something else in the UK. Look it up), 2016’s Storks and this years Smallfoot, Warner Bros. have decided that the focus here should be on rebooting older properties with recognisable brands. As a result, we’ve got the Wile E. Coyote movie coming soon, a new version Scooby Doo scheduled for 2020, and, at some point, feature version of The Jetsons, The Flintstones and Wacky Races coming (I’ll admit, actually, that a live-action Wacky Races movie done in the style of the cartoon has always been something I’d like to see). And, of course, there’s that Space Jam sequel everyone is so excited for.

But the big announcement on this front this week is that joining that slate will be everyone’s favourites Tom and Jerry. Tim Story, the man behind the Fantastic 4 movies that weren’t total disasters but weren’t that great either, has been hired to direct a new movie based on the cat and mouse double act. Speculation suggests that the film will be a live-action/animation hybrid, and that Tom and Jerry won’t be speaking this time around.

Truthfully, as a big fan of Tom and Jerry (and Warner Bros. cartoons in general), and someone who will admit thinks of the Story directed Fantastic 4’s as something of a guilty pleasure double bill, I’m somewhat excited by this idea. I look forward to seeing this slate of classic cartoons updated for the big screen and I’m hoping we see this kickstart a renewed interest in some fantastic but, more recently at least, sorely underused characters.

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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