Development news: Heart of Darkness gets sci-fi treatment, Goosebumps 2 gets title, Puppet Master reboot coming soon

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Apr 24, 2018

The horror! Sony Crackle is developing a sci-fi series adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, Variety is reporting. Cameron Litvack will serve as writer and showrunner. He will also executive produce along with Branden Morgan and Tony Giglio.

Instead of the book chronicling a voyage along the Congo River in Africa during the 19th Century, the new series will chronicle a voyage in space in the far-flung future. It will still explore the book’s themes of race, immigration, and colonization, just, you know, in space. 

Heart of Darkness has been adapted in various forms over the years, most notably as the basis for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Academy Award-winning Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando.

(Via Variety


The Goosebumps movie sequel now has a name, and it’s not called HorrorLand or Slappy Halloween. According to various reports, Sony revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that the a sequel to the 2015 adaptation of R.L. Stine's books will be Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.

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The sequel is set to star Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Ari Sandel is directing. 

Still no word on what the sequel’s story will be — or if the first film’s star Jack Black will return (whether or not he is, he’s apparently not the voice of ventriloquist dummy Slappy). But fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out, as Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween is set to hit theatres on Oct. 12. 


And last but certainly not least, we’ve got some good news for cult horror fans. RLJE Films bought the North American rights to the horror movie Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and they plan to give it a theatrical release. The reimagining of the Full Moon Features cult classic stars Udo Kier in the titular role, and features Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare and Barbara Crampton. 

According to RLJE Films, Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk produced Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich for Cinestate, the company that recently acquired Fangoria magazine. This will be the first feature released under the resurrected Fangoria label. 

Written by S. Craig Zahler and directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich follows recently divorced Edgar (Lennon) as he returns to his childhood home to regroup. When Edgar finds a nefarious-looking puppet in his dead brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. In tow on this doomed road trip are girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin). Of course, all hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree. 

The original Puppet Master film kicked off a horror movie franchise in 1989 that focused on a group of anthropomorphic puppets, each equipped with their own unique and dangerous device.

RLJE Films plans to release the movie in theaters in August 2018.