'Jurassic Park IV' gets new writers; 'Child's Play' gets a fifth sequel; Dalek title revealed & Lange is a nun
Is Universal Pictures finally moving forward with a fourth Jurassic Park film? For 10 years now, Universal has kept their biggest franchise in developmental hell with various writers attached including Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed) and John Sayles. Plus the deaths of original novel author Michael Crichton and creature designer Stan Winston seemed to stall the project as well. Back in 2011, Mark Protosevich was the latest writer brought in, but that went nowhere. Now the latest news is that Universal has brought in Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote the hugely successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to now pen Jurassic Park IV. Joe Johnston seems to still be attached to direct, while it will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.
While the first Child’s Play movie was not the most perfect of films, yet there was some attempt at making it somewhat entertaining. Eventually, four sequels would follow, and the franchise de-evolved into one silly premise after another, becoming campy and not even scary. MGM seemed to put the franchise to bed back in 2004 with the release of Seed of Chucky. But like any property a studio owns that is no longer generating a cash flow, rumors surfaced in March that the studio was considering another stab at the series, possibly rebooting it completely. While that rumor was eventually squashed, it now seems that Universal Home Entertainment is moving forward with a direct-to-DVD sequel called Curse of Chucky. Dan Mancini, who wrote all the Child’s Play movies, and directed the last film in 2004, will write, produce and direct the newest installment. The plot involves Chucky arriving to “wreak havoc within a family that’s regrouped for a funeral. In the wake of her mother’s passing, a young woman – in a wheelchair since birth – is forced to put up with her sister, brother-in-law, niece and their nanny as they say their goodbyes to mother. When people start turning up dead, the fearless Nica discovers the culprit might be a “strange doll” she was sent a couple of days earlier.” According to Universal Home Entertainment, the plan is to return the franchise to its darker roots, with the camp toned down considerably to enable the franchise to become (somewhat) scary again. As expected, Brad Dourif will be return to supply the voice of the titular knife-wielder killer, but no other casting has been announced.
It’s been officially confirmed that the seven season opener of Doctor Who will be called Asylum of the Daleks. The highly-anticipated episode will be screened on August 14 at the BFI Southbank in London ahead of its rumored premiere at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. No official announcement has yet been made regarding the official air date of the series.
American Horror Story writer Tim Minear has given a bit of insight into the anthology series second season. We know that that Jessica Lange will star as an administrator at a 1960s-era, East Coast mental institution and will spar with Zachary Quinto, who will be overseeing patients played by Maroon Five frontman Adam Levine and Chloë Sevigny. It’s also known she’ll become entangled in a May-December romance with her supervisor, played by Joseph Fiennes. Now Minear confirmed that Lange’s character is actually a nun – or as Minear puts it, “a bride of Christ.” Well, at least it won’t piss off the Catholic too much, right?