Random Acts of Horror: Dead Snow 2, The Shining Sequel/Prequel & Zombie Talk
Why, hello there! You ready to delve back into the world of horror? I’ve got some good little tidbits from some potential sequels and prequels, as well as a brand new poster for the latest Spike Lee joint. First up, talk of another sequel to Danny Boyle’s hit “zombie” flick 28 Days Later… is ramping up yet again. Most fans know that Boyle did not return to direct the last sequel, 28 Weeks Later, but he did serve as a producer for the film. While doing some promo work for his latest thriller, Trance, Boyle gives an update on the potential film as well as his feelings on the zombie genre (via Wired):
Danny Boyle: Who would have thought? I don’t like zombie movies. I never did. We took a genre and f***ed with it. Zombie aficionados, they’re quite precious with all their rules. Like with running: “They don’t do that!” Of course there are so many manifestations of zombies now, the rule book h
as gone out the window. I saw one episode of The Walking Dead, and it was very gripping. But the zombies were stumbling around again, which I hate.
Wired: You produced that movie’s sequel, 28 Weeks Later, and there’s talk about you directing the next installment, which obviously has to be called 28 Months Later. Is that in the works?
Danny Boyle: Given what we’ve just been talking about, it’s very difficult to know whether zombies are overexposed now as a concept. So it’s 40/60 whether it happens or not.
But we did have an idea of where to set it and what it might be about.
He was also asked if he could share the ideas they have in mind, to which he smartly replied “No, because they’ll end up in The Walking Dead.” I’m a huge fan of Boyle’s original film, as it took the zombie genre (you could argue that it really isn’t a zombie movie, but that’s an argument for another day) and flipped on it’s head. The added trait of the running brought with it a whole new fear. The sequel, while not as good as the first, holds its own as a decent horror flick. The question is whether zombies have run their course and can still make a profit at the box office. My guess is that e’ll see them around for a few more years.
Speaking of zombies, one f the better zom-coms to com out in recent year is the Norwegian film Dead Snow, a film that pits a group of snowmobile enthusiasts against a horde of zombie Nazi soldiers. Yeah, the premise is a bit silly, but the film is fantastic, combining elements of Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland, with a touch of Army of Darkness. It’s well written and well put together and just flat out a ton of fun. Fans of the film may or may not be excited to hear that a sequel is in the works and is in the process of filming right now. The sequel, called Dead Snow: War of the Dead, will be filmed in both English and Norwegian and is being helmed by Tommy Wirkola, who directed the first film, as well as the surprisingly popular Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Here’s an official synopsis for the film:
The film will be shot in both English and Norwegian. In the sequel the story follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of a professional gang of American zombie killers who call themselves the Zombie Squad.
I’m a bit leery about the plot, but if this sequel is anything like the first film, I’m all for it. I’ve included a couple new images from the set, but you can see more by heading over to Twitch Film for even more!
Headed over to the world of Stephen King, who’s Under the Dome is getting ready to air in a new series, there is a both a sequel and a prequel to tell you about. Not long ago, a marketing video popped up promoting a new take on King’s iconic tale of a rabid St. Bernard, Cujo. The video, which is being used to shop the idea to studios, really came out of nowhere and took many by surprise. Sunn Classic Pictures is the company behind the idea and they’ve set up a Facebook page to help promote the film, which is said to be hitting theaters this year, though that has yet to be confirmed. Check out the video below.
One of Stephen King’s most popular novels is The Shining, which is almost as popular as the Stanley Kubrick film that is based on the book. That film remains among the best horror films ever made, and for good reason. It is with great reluctance that I tell you that a prequel in the works (Deadline). The film, which will be called The Overlook Hotel, centers on Delbert Grady, who served as the haunted hotel’s caretaker before Jack Torrence (played by Jack Nicholson in Kubrik’s 1980 film). They’ve brought in The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara to pen the script, which is a good move, but I’m not getting my hopes up and neither is Stephen King. The author has spoken about the project and he seems a bit indifferent about the whole thing, saying “I’m not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I’m sort of a nice guy. I’m always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.” (EW) Ironically, King is in the process of writing a sequel to The Shining, titled Doctor Sleep, which is set to arrive later this fall.