Producer Wyck Godfrey has announced that the script for the video game adaptation "Gears of War", based on the popular futuristic third person shooter on Xbox360, is finished and they're ready to attach a director to the project. They're also shooting for a summer 2010 release. Could this actually be a decent videogame adaptation? Guess we'll have to hold out for that director announcement before I start getting my hopes up.
Tim Sullivan ("2001" Maniacs) is readying a flick called "Clowns", which he assures us is not about psychopaths dressed as circus performers. Instead, it creates a mythos that says Clowns are descended from an Ancient race, and are none too happy that their likenesses have been co-opted for children's birthday parties. More details are at the link, but there's no other news at this point since it's still in the idea stage. Sounds pretty wacky to me though.
The comic book "Last Blood" is being adapted into a film by it's creators. It deals with a group of vampires protecting the last people on earth... from ZOMBIES. They're doing so for their own protection, since they need the humans to survive. Scripting is currently under way.
The story floating around from yesterday has been confirmed, that the remake of "C.H.U.D." is being renamed "Urban Decay". Probably a wise move, since the name is still snicker inducing to this day. Thankfully for fans though, it seems that references to "CHUDs" are still in tact in the script. Nice.
Finally today, Aaron from Hororr Hound Magazine sent me this video from this past weekend's convention, featuring a bit of a rubber band war between Tom Savini, Danny Trejo, Ashley Laurence, Chris Sarandon, and pretty much every celebrity on the floor. Considering how much the celebrities at cons usually look like they want to hang themselves, it's nice to actually see them having fun. My favorite moment has to be the terrified look on Ruggero Deodato's face. Who knew the director of one of the world's most screwed up films is afraid of flying rubber bands? So, if you've got a few minutes to waste today, Check out the Horror Hound rubber band war video!
A liesurely stroll on the beach, wind in your hair, surf at your feet... and a head in a plastic bag. Guess that kind of ruins the awesomeness of the rest of that stuff.
Apparently, Octopuses are kinky bastards. I always knew there was something weird going on there.
Finally today in the "theoretical birth control" department, a story about a bunch of kids who plotted to violently hurt their teacher. Various kids in the third grade class brought in a steak knife, hand cuffs, and duct tape. The students planned to cover up the windows, smash the teacher over the head to knock her out, cuff her, then plunge the steak knife into her body. Other students were allegedly volunteering to clean up the mess. Good luck with your family planning!
1979: A mishap in a secret Soviet biological warfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk results in the release of airborne anthrax spores, killing 66. Livestock fifty kilometers away also die.