Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Monster Squad’, ‘The Interview’ & More

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This Week:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets a new cast; the Monster Squad reboot is dead; the full cast for Kickboxer has been announced; Lonely Island is getting a movie; Green Inferno gets delayed indefinitely; and The Interview moves to Christmas.


The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cinematic adaptation has found new life – and has found its new cast.

Pride and Prejudice Zombies Cast Announced Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

Lily James (Downton Abbey), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) are all on-board for the film, which is based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel. As the title implies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies re-imagines the seminal tale of the Bennet family as they face of a threat much greater than love: the undead.

The project has been toiling in obscurity for the better part of five years now, but it just recently got back on track. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is slated to start filming this September with Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) in the director’s chair.

Source: Deadline


The controversial Monster Squad reboot is dead in the water according to Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Monster Squad Reboot Cancelled Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

The duo broke the news in an interview with Collider, confirming that the lack of developments on the picture were a sign of its cancellation. They didn’t, however, reveal why Monster Squad was canned, only that it was.

Fans of the 1987 original can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Michael Bay’s production company is not touching one of their prized films. However, with talk of Universal rebooting their monster movies into a shared universe, we wouldn’t count out the possibility of another Monster Squad reboot attempt in the future.

Source: Collider


The upcoming Kickboxer reboot has found its full cast and is ready to start filming.

Kickboxer Remake Full Cast Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa join a cast that already includes Dave Bautista, George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi. No word on who Adkins or Jaa will be playing, but given their familiarity with martial arts we’re going to assume their roles will involve kicking and/or punching.

A remake of the 1989 Jean Claude Van Damme classic, Kickboxer tells the story of a young man (Moussi) who travels to Thailand to learn the art of kickboxing and avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). This 21st century version will (of course) put its own modern twists on the tale with 3D.

Source: Coming Soon


The comedy musical group Lonely Island has sold a pitch to Universal.

Lonely Island Movie Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

The project was developed by all three members of The Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – and reportedly features a comedic take on the world of music. The three group members will star in the film, and Schaffer and Taccone will share directing duties.

Although it might seem strange, the idea of a Lonely Island movie makes perfect sense given the group’s resume. Their Digital Shorts were easily the most creative and entertaining part of SNL’s most recent seasons, and the trio has continued to find success outside the show. The only question is whether they can expand what are usually 5-minute shorts into an engaging feature length film.

Source: THR


Eli Roth’s Green Inferno gets shelved while Seth Rogen’s The Interview nabs a Christmas release.

Green Inferno Delayed Indefinitely Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

Originally slated for a September 5th debut, Green Inferno has now been delayed indefinitely by financier Worldview Entertainment. The film, about a group of student activists who find themselves at the whim of Amazonian cannibals, was director Eli Roth’s first film in nearly six years, and was sure to find a decent audience at the box office.

However, sources report that Worldview’s new CEO does not share the same opinion as ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow with regards to the film. Given Roth’s prestige and ability to turn low budget into high return, we doubt Green Inferno will stay on the shelf for long, but this is a strange development nonetheless.

The Interview Christmas Release Date Movie News Wrap Up: Monster Squad, The Interview & More

On the flip side, Sony is showing Seth Rogen’s The Interview extreme confidence by moving it into a Christmas release date. The film was originally slated for an October 10th release, but after Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Hawaii Film moved to 2015 Sony saw an opportunity.

The Interview has been generating a ton of controversy from almost the very beginning, most overtly from the North Korean government. That isn’t very surprising given that the film features Rogen and James Franco attempting to assassinate Kim Jong Un. But it could also help boost the film’s appeal here in the States.

Source: Deadline (1) (2)

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  1. “Pride and prejudice and zombies”. Sigh !

    Another mash-up bastardrization by Hollywood. Just like “Abraham Lincoln : Vampire Hunter”

    • That was actually a novel before a movie so…

      • Waitaminit. Someone actually wrote a novel titled “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” ??

        Double sigh !! I don’t wanna live on this planet anymore. The decrease of literature quality is too depressing for me.

        • I dunno if P&P&Z was, but, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was a graphic novel, and a horrible film.

        • You’re too smart for this world. I hope we can all be as cool as you someday.

    • Those were both novels written by the same author, Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s simply his way of taking classic stories and saying, “What if THIS happened…”?

  2. Yes !! ‘Kickboxer’ reboot.
    Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista together in one screen ? Somebody pinch me.

    Can’t wait.

  3. Is anyone less enthused than I am for this whole ‘Universal Monsters’ shared universe reboot plan?

    • OK, I’m a little confused…someone please jog my memory….Was Monster Squad actually Universal’s, and now Universal’s plans have been scrapped? I was thinking Universal was going to do some remakes, kind of like they did with The Wolfman (which actually was not too bad, at least a somewhat honest effort). I have heard over the past years about Universal-brand remakes proposed for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Mummy, and I almost want to say Dracula and Frankenstein, as well…but I could be mixing things up a bit here. I had also heard something aout someone doing monsters in a shared universe (was this it?). Someone please set me straight. Thanx!

  4. As for the Kick-boxer reboot…..Tony Jaa is a great pick for the fights, but he can’t speak even broken English can he? Must be one of the opponents

  5. Love classic monster genre! Loved Monster Squad. That movie stands the test of time too IMO. I still watch it as part of my Monster Movie Marathon during October.

    I wouldn’t mind a reboot of Monster Squad. Just keep Bay and his company away from it. The following directors would, IMO, do an excellent reboot!
    JJ Abrams
    James Gunn
    Joe Johnston
    Robert Zemeckis
    John Favreau
    Joe Dante

    Heck I’ll even throw in Edgar Wright’s name in the hat since a lot of screenranters salivate over him. JUST NOT BAY!!!!! Love his high octane style most of the time. But Monster Squad isn’t that.

  6. I read Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, even the addition of zombies can’t make Jane Austen not boring.

  7. Monster Squad remake was a long shot anyway.