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Three "Conjuring" Spin-Offs On The Way?

Not just a sequel, and not just one spin-off as announced the other day. Turns out there's as many as three spin-off projects in the works based on this summer's horror hit "The Conjuring" at New Line Cinema.

As previously revealed, one of the spin-offs will focus on the haunted Annabelle doll seen in the opening scenes and key moments in the film. Conjuring's cinematographer John R. Leonetti is attached to direct.

Bloody Disgusting adds that John Darko is slated to co-direct that project, tentatively entitled "The Annabelle Story," which will take place before the events in "The Conjuring".

No details are available on the other two spin-offs aside from them being micro-budget projects. No word on when production of the sequel will take place, but production on 'Annabelle' could begin as early as sometime before the end of the year.
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Is New Line Prepping 3 The Conjuring Spin-offs?

Is New Line Prepping 3 The Conjuring Spin-offs?
On Friday, we reported that New Line Cinema is planning a spin-off of this summer's hit thriller The Conjuring, which centers on the evil Annabelle doll. Today, Bloody Disgusting has word that two more spin-offs are also being developed.

The initial story revealed that The Conjuring director of photography John R. Leonetti is directing the Annabelle spin-off, although now we have word that he is actually co-directing with John Darko. The project, tentatively entitled The Annabelle Story, will take place before the events of The Conjuring. No details were given about the other two spin-offs, except that they will be approached as micro-budget projects.

Production on The Annabelle Story may begin as early as next month, although it isn't even known who is writing the screenplay, or if any cast members are attached yet. Along with the three spin-offs, New Line is also developing The Conjuring 2 from a script
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Nowheresville - Check Out a New Track from On Being Human

We told you about John Darko and John R. Leonetti's new series "Nowheresville" a while back, and now you can sample a song from its soundtrack from the band On Being Human entitled "Flesh on Fire." Greg M. Johnson of the band has been chosen to compose for “Nowheresville.”

The show is being shopped around to various networks, though nothing has been set in stone in terms of when or where we'll be able to see it.

Check out the synopsis below to find out what we're in store for!

The pilot episode of the show will be directed by John Darko and John R. Leonetti and written by Darko and Anthony Cincotta.

Synopsis

In the rural community of “Nowheresville” two brothers named Steve and Steve fight to protect themselves and their senile uncle from an apocalypse that never happened.

Keeping the farm operational and safe from the “infected
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Status Update on Zombies Ate My Neighbors Movie

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the movie version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, but it looks like the project is alive and well. Based off of the 1993 game of the same name for Snes and Sega Genesis, Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a humorous top-down zombie survival game. Developed by LucasArts, players take the role of Zeke or Julie, escaping from zombies in suburbia.

It has been rumored that the project has moved into the hands of Lucasfilm and Disney, after being associated with Lucasarts prior to the company’s acquisition. When we reported on the project back in 2011, John Darko had written the screenplay and he’s still on board as the writer/producer. Here’s what we were told by him about the movie’s story:

Zombies Ate My Neighbors is set in modern day, and will be centered around two high
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First Reactions To Elysium Plus A New Poster

Released back in 2009, director Neill Blomkamp stunned audiences with his incredible directorial debut District 9. One of the best sci-fi films to come out in years, it was a tremendous effort, especially given its $30 million budget. Now, four years later, Blomkamp is getting ready to deliver his next project, Elysium.

Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura, Alica Braga and Diego Luna, Sony recently showed off 10 minutes of footage at a special promo event and the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

Set one hundred years in the future, the film takes place in a world where “Earth has become overcrowded and dirty, all the inhabitants are unkempt. The wealthy reside in beautiful utopia inside an enormous circular 2001-like space station called Elysium orbiting around Earth.” Sounds pretty intriguing and judging by the reactions to the recently screened footage, it looks like we’re in for something special.
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April Wade and Sam Weller Discuss the Success and Future of Killcam Live

Late last year we checked in on an online horror performance in which the characters were interacting live with the audience. Killcam Live was an extremely unique concept, a live horror event playing out before us.

Then, what started as a small project suddenly exploded into an online movement which tallied over 3 million views.

"It was really great to have all those people come in and get excited," said one of the featured performers in Killcam Live, Sam Weller. "It was a boon."

As it turned out, Killcam Live was a six-week live performance that allowed fans to interact directly with the performers via webcam. The actors would rotate into a kill room, spending as much as 72 hours, and sometimes more, in the room, directly connected to the fans. The actors would react to the input from the fans to create the story on the fly.

Project creator, April Wade,
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Killcam Offers Interactive Horrors

Killcam: Live is a project currently operating on two fronts. On one hand, it's a film now shooting in the Los Angeles area. On the other hand, it is a bizarre interactive endeavor that is allowing horror fans to communicate with the film's characters and, apparently, influence the story's direction. Spearheaded by director John Darko - a producer on the short film Archetype - Killcam: Live stars Ben Begley, April Wade, Steven Martini, Sam Weller, Tracy Clifton and Derrick Oliver. According to Variety, the story "follows a group of students as they willingly agree to participate in a social experiment to explore the effects of dependence on technology and social media - with students isolated from each other and the only way to communicate via social media....
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Killcam: Live Breaks 1Mm Viewers on Stickam

Live interactive horror project Killcam: Live has added over 1.1 million viewers to its rapidly growing "Killmunity." The project, directed by John Darko, debuted on October 31st and runs through the end of the year. Killcam: Live stars April Wade, Ben Begley, Tracy Clifton, Derrick Oliver, Sam Weller, Emily Dykes, Diahnna Nicole Baxter, Billy Towers, Mirai Booth-Ong, and Rolence Patugan. Killcam: Live is the brain child of Wade and filmmaker Canyon Prince. n Killcam: Live, viewers across the world interact directly with the characters in the ongoing storyline, changing the way audiences are interacting with entertainment programming. Audiences have already witnessed the (fictional) brutal killings of three of the story's main characters and one surprise death. Some viewers become characters in the story itself, and others participate in "Cill Contests" in which they rip footage from the live and narrative story into their own recap videos. The
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Fans Are Responding to Killcam: Live's Unique Interactive Horror Experience

About a month ago we told you about April Wade and Canyon Prince's Killcam: Live, a hybrid web series/live action horror adventure that not only entertains audiences but invites them to become part of the action, to interact with the characters in the story, in real time, just as death is knocking on their door. Already almost a million viewers have become part of the growing "Killmunity".

The project, directed by John Darko, premiered on October 31st and runs through December. Killcam: Live stars April Wade, Ben Begley, Tracy Clifton, Derrick Oliver, Sam Weller, Emily Dykes, Diahnna Nicole Baxter, Billy Towers, Mirai Booth-Ong, and Rolence Patugan.

All the links you need to get involved and start following the action are in the press release below. I've been peeking in from time to time myself and love the idea behind this project. It adds a new level of realism
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Killcam Live to be First Interactive Social Networking Film

Okay now, this is a good idea. All of us have sat in front of a movie and just hung our heads at the direction it took. Either some of the characters were too dopey or the story dragged, but we've all wished for an opportunity to grab a movie halfway through viewing it and change the outcome. Well, gorehounds, Killcam Live is going to give you that chance this Halloween.

Starting on October 31st viewers can go to KillcamLive.com and see the first video clips when they are uploaded. From there the audience will be able to interact with the characters from the film via Facebook and Twitter (@Killcam_Live). And according to filmmakers, the feedback from the audience will affect how the film plays out. Killcam Live will be released online in segments over the course of eight weeks.

If you want to see a little more,
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John Darko's 'Killcam Live' Social Horror Gets First Teaser & Website

A few months ago we brought you news on the Zombies Ate My Neighbors adaptation from up-and-coming director John Darko, and while that's definitely still in development, Darko has been working on another interesting film in the meantime. He has been directing a unique new social horror project titled Killcam Live that features an interactive website and more. A teaser trailer and website have launched, and we have even more official news on the "social horror" project. The film will follow group of college students as they willingly participate in an experiment to study the effects of communicating solely through social media. Inspired by the success of Paranormal Activity, this microbudget horror aims to be the ultimate in trans-media/interactive entertainment. On October 31st, they'll follow a group of college students participating in an experiment to study communicating solely through social media and the latest in technological advances. Until something
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"Zombies Ate My Neighbors" Movie Likely Stuck in Development Purgatory

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You can't escape them. They're hungry for vitality and brains. Slow, but unstoppable, they won't stop until every last ounce of life has be sucked from this earth. They are... video game movie adaptations. "Zombies Ate My Neighbor," a 1990s Super Nintendo game that has no story and whose existence is known only by a select group of ubernerds, has been plucked from its grave of obscurity to live again on the silver screen. Egads!

According to Firstshowing.net, this adaptation is of the loose variety. High school best friends Zeke and Julie come-of-age when their neighbors are bitten by and turn into zombies. Cue title card.

Talk about a project that could only be cooked up in a mad scientist's lab. Half-video game movie, half-zombie flick, it's a hybrid from hell.

John Darko is responsible for the script and is also producing the film. The next step will be securing the game's rights.
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors Based on the ’90s Video Game in Development

Zombies Ate My Neighbors adaptation is in early development. Sounds familiar?

Well, of course, I’m sure you all remember this Super Nintendo game that was released back in 1993. And, just in case you’re wondering who will be responsible for this adaptation, we’re here to clear things out for you!

Filmmaker John Darko wants to get financing for the script he wrote based on the game. Apparently the film will be made independently, and, according to the latest reports from FirstShowing, the whole thing is described as “John Hughes meets Judd Apatow meets George A. Romero” or “a bit like Superbad + Zombieland + Home Alone.”

Confused so far?

Well, don’t look at me, I’m actually Mortal Kombat fan! But, let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this game:

“The player chooses between two teenage characters, Zeke and Julie, or both in a two-player mode. They navigate suburban neighborhoods,
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Is an Adaptation of Zombies Ate My Neighbors Shambling Towards the Big Screen?

If someone is planning to adapt the 16-bit console game “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” for the proverbial silver screen, then they’d better come correct. Out of all the video games I consumed during my childhood, Zamn is one of my all-time favorites. The title almost seems as if it were tailor-made for a cinematic adaptation, though given the history of such projects, one shouldn’t too many lofty expectations into the production. That having been said, I’m still pretty intrigued by the idea, and I’m curious to see what comes of the film once it gets off the ground. Assuming, of course, that it ever will. First Showing is reporting that screenwriter John Darko already has a script ready to go, and is currently looking for people to help finance his feature. And while the picture borrows elements from the video game, apparently the movie itself will
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors Goes to the Big Screen

The popular Nes game from the 90’s has been written to script and is looking to take over the silver screen. The highly crontroversial zombie game will hit the screens and will go in the direction of a horror comedy. Similar to Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, this film will have as much laughs as it does gore while also being faithful to the video game.

Following the tale of two high school friends named Zeke and Julie who find themselves overrun by zombies in their neighborhood, Zombies Ate My Neighbors looks to go beyond the game platform. Now, since there was no true plot to the video game, this allows the writers to come up with original content that could either hurt or do well for the film. The script has been written and the film will be independently produced by John Darko. They are still looking for directors,
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‘Zombies Ate My Neighbors’ Adaptation In Early Development

When I was growing up in the 1990′s, I was addicted to Nintendo Power and the one of the games that stuck out in my head was Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Released in 1993, it was a run and gun game featuring two teenagers using squirt guns and other such wacky weaponry against the legions of the undead that had taken over their town (amongst other monsters like vampires and werewolves). When I finally got my hands on it for the Super Nintendo I ended up sucking so bad that I never picked it up again, but I still have fond memories of the game regardless.

Don’t worry, that slightly unnecessary story has a point; it turns out someone’s attempting to make it into a movie. First Showing reports that John Darko has written a script for the movie and is attempting to find financial backing to get it
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors Movie in the Works

At this point it's been pretty well established that anything even remotely zombie-related will sell to hordes of fans, and with the recent success of The Walking Dead on AMC, it doesn't seem like the undead are going away anytime soon. So to say that we've caught wind of yet another new zombie flick in development isn't particularly surprising, in and of itself. What is pretty surprising, however, is the source material that this particular project will be drawing from. Anyone who owned a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis in the early '90s might be familiar with a little game called Zombies Ate My Neighbors. If all goes according to plan, it looks like this cult classic video game might be getting a big screen adaptation some 18 years after its release! Zombies Ate My Neighbors was developed by Lucasarts and revolved around two teenagers named Zeke and Julie who
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors The Game, Errrr Movie?

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There was a time when if you loved zombies, you had to break out the old VHS tapes and “strain through the grain” while that beloved layer of analog “hiss” intertwined with a raspy groan for “Brains!”. Fortunately, I guess, zombies have become nauseatingly main stream and Hollywood has been scrambling for anything “living dead” like a sparkly vampire up a tree…wait, why do I get that reference?...

If you owned a Super Nintendo and let’s face it you did, I’m sure you’ll remember Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Yep, you guessed it, film adaptation! John Darko has “fleshed” out a screenplay and is in search for financiers as we speak. The word on the web is that things are looking good so hopefully we’ll be hearing a Lot more about this project in the near future.

As far as the story goes, little has been released.
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Cult Video Game “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” Getting a Film Adaptation

The 1993 run and gun video game Zombies Ate My Neighbours is being adapted into a feature length film. The video game was originally developed, distributed, and produced by LucasArts as a comical tribute to both classic and horror films of the 1950s through the 1980s. Now, a screenplay has been written, and has been described as “John Hughes meets Judd Apatow meets George A. Romero.” The video game which has all the makings of cult horror/comedy, became a cult classic years after its release. First Showing reports that the film takes place in an American suburb, where two best friends amongst a sea of teenage angst, battle for safety against the mysterious uprising of neighbourhood zombies.

Due to the theme of the game, it was subject to some censorship. This game was released before the Esrb came along and before then, Nintendo did not want anything violent in their
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News Shorts: February 4th 2011

Posters for Water for Elephants and Fast Five, along with the first two photos from 11-11-11.

Photos taken recently in Strasbourg from the set of Sherlock Holmes 2 have confirmed that Rachel McAdams will at least cameo as Irene Adler.

Disney has revealed the artwork for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Tron Legacy . Despite all the online rumors, there's still nothing concrete about a "Tron 3" teaser trailer appearing on said set.

"Jodie Foster says that despite reports, she's "not booked or involved in a deal yet" for Neill Blomkamp's next feature "Elysium"..." (full details)

"John Darko has penned a screenplay for an indie comedy based on the 1993 Snes video game "Zombies Ate My Neighbors". Darko, April Wade and Ahmed al Baker will produce..." (full details)

"The Coen brothers have joked about recent comments by Tara Reid that she's going to be a part of a sequel to their
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