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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the thriller “The Open House” starring “13 Reasons Why” breakout Dylan Minnette, sources tell Variety.

Written and directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote, “The Open House” centers on a teenager (Minnette) and his mother (Piercey Dalton) who find themselves besieged by threatening forces when they move into a new house.

The pic is produced by Dan Angel and Chip Rosenbloom. The film will premiere everywhere Netflix is available Jan. 19, 2018.

Netflix and Minnette already have a solid relationship following the overwhelming success of “13 Reasons Why,” which has been greenlit for a second season. Prior to “13 Reasons Why,” Minnette had starring roles in Sony’s “Goosebumps” and Screen Gems’ “Don’t Breathe.” He is also known for playing President Grant’s son in ABC’s “Scandal.”

He is repped by WME and Monster Talent Management.

“The Open House” marks the directorial debut for Coote, who double-majored in film and music at the New School in New York City. Matt Angel got his start when he wrote and directed a pilot called “Half.” Inspired by a true story, the project was crowdfunded from a Kickstarter campaign, and sold to Sony Pictures TV and NBC. Angel then sold a large-scale drama titled “Ten” to Sony, and was commissioned to write feature scripts for both Millennium and Broken Road Productions.

Matt Angel and Coote are represented by Devon Jackson at Trademark Talent and attorney Derek Kroeger at Myman Greenspan.

Source: Variety

November 8, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        News

And it will supposedly feel like a very different show.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the upcoming second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. So far, we know that the new episodes will bring fresh faces to Liberty High (and even some parents we didn’t meet in the first installment), but the season 1 finale definitely left viewers with a lot of questions: Will Alex survive the gunshot wound he suffered at the end of the first chapter? Will Bryce face consequences for two incidents of sexual assault? How will Hannah’s story continue throughout any future episodes?

Of course, one of the biggest questions surrounding season 2 has to do with how the show will address mental illness. Despite its undeniable popularity, the Netflix series based on Jay Asher’s novel garnered a lot of criticism from mental health advocates who thought the show didn’t go far enough to provide viewers with positive tools and helpful resources while delivering arguably triggering material. The show’s star, Dylan Minnette, has expressed that the cast and crew have listened to that feedback, and that season 2 will take those concerns into account.

Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dylan is opening up even further about what fans can expect from the next season. According to the actor, the new episodes will take place several months after season 1, and will have a common theme. “This season particularly is a lot about recovery,” Dylan explained, adding: “It’s naturally going to progressively get to a more emotional place, due to the nature of the story we’re telling. I’m sure we’re all heading in some dark directions again. I think anybody would be surprised if we weren’t.”

The idea that season 2 will focus on “recovery” is an interesting one, as it could be applied to lots of different characters. It could be a reference to Alex’s physical recovery, or Jessica’s emotional one. It could also apply to Dylan’s character, Clay, and Hannah’s parents, as they continue to grieve the loss of their daughter.

Katherine Langford (Hannah) also weighed in, telling Entertainment Tonight that season 2 “feels like a very different show.” And Steven Silver, who plays Marcus, added that the upcoming episodes are “juicy.”

There’s no doubt that 13 Reasons Why aims to tackle several important subjects that are all deserving of discussion and awareness. Hopefully the upcoming season will present that dialogue in a way that also gives viewers the proper tools for help if they need it.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Source: Teen Vogue

September 11, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , News

Netflix’s watercooler hit “13 Reasons Why” will be back for a second season at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.

The first season of the series, based on the young adult novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by Katherine Langford. Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Brian d’Arcy James, and Kate Walsh also star. Season 2 will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and as the other characters’ start their complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.

The second season, which will again consist of 13 episodes, is set to debut on Netflix in 2018. Brian Yorkey will continue to serve as showrunner.

Although Netflix doesn’t release ratings, the series became the most tweeted about show of 2017.

Critics praised the series, including Variety‘s Maureen Ryan, who called it “a suspenseful tale that will keep most [viewers] engaged until the final scene fades out.” But it also sparked controversy over its graphic depictions of suicide and sexual violence, leading Netflix to add content warnings to the episodes.

Season 2 will be produced for Netflix by Paramount Television. The show is also executive produced by Selena Gomez, along with Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Joy Gorman Wettels, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin.

Source: Variety

May 7, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , News

Dread Central was one of a select few genre sites invited to participate in a special luncheon event – yeah, we said “luncheon” because the gala was held at the hoity-toity Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills – where the filmmakers behind the majorly successful film Don’t Breathe assembled to talk about its release on Blu-ray (coming 11/29). Producer Sam Raimi, co-writer Rodo Sayagues, and co-writer/director Fede Alvarez talked about that but were also very open to discussing their upcoming projects.

Alvarez’s next film is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which is the follow-up to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But he’s already planning a sequel to Don’t Breathe.

“Don’t Breathe 2 is something we definitely want to do. The challenge obviously is [that] we just don’t want to do the same movie again, slap a 2 on it, and call it a day. We’d feel so embarrassed if we did that,” Alvarez said. He also revealed he didn’t “definitely” want to do it at first. His and Sayagues’ initial reaction to being presented with doing a sequel to Don’t Breathe was, “That’s Hollywood! That’s the devil! We don’t want to make a sequel just because we can. But then we got an idea that we’re really excited about, and I won’t tell you what it is because it will spoil the whole thing.”

Raimi added, “It’s only the greatest idea for a sequel that I’ve ever heard! I’m not kidding!”

Only time will tell if Jane Levy and Stephen Lang will be back for Round 2. Lang and Alvarez are cool, but Levy and the auteur don’t always see eye-to-eye. More on that when we return with our in-depth report on the whole shebang.

Don’t Breathe Release Details:
From director Fede Alvarez and the twisted minds behind Evil Dead comes the terrifying, critically acclaimed DON’T BREATHE, debuting on digital November 8 and Blu-ray and DVD November 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hailed as “the best American horror film in twenty years” (Jim Hemphill, Filmmaker Magazine) and Certified Fresh (87%) on Rotten Tomatoes, the film debuted at #1 at the box office and remained in the top spot for two weekends in a row. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), and Stephen Lang (Avatar), the film follows a group of thieves who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. When the blind man reveals a dark side, the trio quickly discovers they were dead wrong.

The Blu-ray, DVD, and digital releases come loaded with bonus content that takes viewers behind the scenes of the filmmaking experience alongside the cast and crew. Director Fede Alvarez takes fans through five featurettes, including “No Escape,” “Creating the Creepy House,” “Meet the Cast,” “Man in the Dark,” and “The Sounds of Horror.” In addition, the releases include eight deleted scenes with optional Director’s Commentary and full feature commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues, and Actor Stephen Lang.

Also from director Alvarez, EVIL DEAD UNRATED is now available on digital platforms. Fans will be able to see Fede’s unedited vision for the film with five additional minutes that were too intense for theaters. This also marks the first time Digital Extras will be available on Evil Dead.

Directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, DON’T BREATHE was produced by Sam Rami, Rob Tapert, and Fede Alvarez. The film was executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Erin Westerman, J.R. Young, and Mathew Hart.

From the twisted minds behind Evil Dead comes a new terrifying experience. Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) fight for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.

Special Features:

Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary
Commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues, and Actor Stephen Lang
Five Featurettes:
“No Escape”
“Creating the Creepy”
“Meet the Cast”
“Man in the Dark”
“The Sounds of Horror”

Source: Dread Central

November 22, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Don't Breathe , News

Dylan Minnette as Alex in Dont Breathe Dont Breathes Dylan Minnette On Being Hunted in the Dark

Don’t Breathe isn’t Dylan Minnette’s first brush with the horror genre. Following a guest appearance in Supernatural, he went on to play the part of an ill-fated bully in Matt Reeves’ Let Me In and later landed a role as the young lead in Rob Letterman’s surprisingly good Ghostbusters movie, where Minnette’s comedic chemistry with co-star Jack Black was one of the film’s highlights. He leaves the laughs behind in his latest movie, however, playing one of three young burglars who make the catastrophic mistake of trying to rob an old blind man (Stephen Lang), who turns out to be a far more formidable enemy than they were prepared for.

The latest thriller/horror from Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez sees Minnette reunited with It Follows actor Daniel Zovatto, after the two actors played a pair of scheming S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy students in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In Don’t Breathe, they are accomplices once more: Minnette plays Alex, an anxious and lovelorn youth who uses his father’s position at a security company to get the keys the gang needs to break into rich people’s houses; meanwhile, Zovatto plays Money, a would-be gangster with cornrows and criminals connections, who also happens to be dating the object of Alex’s affections, Rocky (Jane Levy).

Screen Rant visited the set of Don’t Breathe last year – a sound stage in Budapest where the crew had built three floors and the facade of a house in Detroit, where the movie is set. Interviews with the cast and director took place in the cellar, a cramped and cluttered two-room area that is the setting of one of the movie’s most suspenseful scenes. The lights were fortunately on when we visited, but this is where Minnette and Levy filmed a scene in total darkness, the two of them only visible on screen thanks to some innovative practical camera trickery.

Did you get to have a lot of scenes in this room?
Dylan Minnette: Yeah. I had a couple days in here. A couple days. And it’s very, very dark down here… When all the doors are closed in here and there’s no lights on, you cannot see at all. It’s just completely black. So if they turned these lights off you guys would have trouble finding your way out of here.

What happened to you down here?
DM: I don’t know, man… I’m still figuring that out myself.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character?
DM: Yeah. I play Alex. Alex lives alone with his dad in Detroit. I think his mom is passed away. Him and his dad have kind of a rough relationship just because they don’t really know how to speak to each other… Alex’s dad works for a security company. And Alex’s dad has all the keys to the homes that the company [protects]. So they are robbing a couple homes, and there’s one house where this man has a big settlement of money because of something that happened to his daughter. Money and Rocky want to go get this money. When Alex decides that it’s best to leave Detroit and go to California, he decides the best way to do that is to have this money. So he decides to do it. That is driven by his affection for Rocky. Alex is very passionate for her and will, at the end of the day, do whatever she wants. Not in a bad way, but he just will follow her.

Does Rocky feel the same way about him?
DM: I don’t think so. Rocky and Money are a little bit of a pair, but Alex can see that they’re not meant for each other. [Money] doesn’t deserve her, is what he thinks.

Goosebumps, while being a “horror” movie, is definitely more of a goof, whereas this one it seems like there’s a lot of real high stakes here. Can you talk about sort of playing those two sides?
DM: I definitely have enjoyed some roles that I’ve done that are more along the lines of this movie. I did a movie called Prisoners which, when I was doing it, I knew it was going to be great. And I’m super proud of it now. After that I’ve done two family films—Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Goosebumps. So after Goosebumps I really wanted to make sure what happened next just made sense. I didn’t want to get on a streak of things. I just wanted to be very particular. I think that now, having filmed most of this movie, I really feel like I’ve landed exactly what I wanted after that. It definitely is bringing back some Prisoners vibes for me, like, “Oh, this movie is going to be great. This is really exciting. This is really dark and I like doing this.”

Has it asked a lot of you of stuff you haven’t done before?
DM: I think so. Whenever I’d been in something like this, I’ve always kind of been more of a secondary character and the big problems in the films were happening to older actors or bigger names or whatever you want to… however you want to word that. In this, it really just follows these three kids going into this house. There’s a lot at stake for me and my character in this movie that I’m realizing now doing this, like, “Wow. A lot of this rests on my shoulders and this sequence is going to all be me.”

We heard from Jane she was hired about five days before she flew out here. How early in the process were you cast?
DM: I had been signed onto this for about a month before Jane. Danny and I were signing on for this at the same time. And I’ve known Danny for a couple of years. We did an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together. When we were both cast for it we were excited because he had read together, but I didn’t think they would pair us together… So there was a month of like, “Man. Who’s going to be cast in this movie?” We would read with people. And like the week of leaving to Budapest we’re like, “Who is going to play Rocky? What is going on? Who is the blind man?” And then finally that week we knew.

So you say you are a fan of horror as well. What’s your favorite horror movie?
DM: Oh, man.

That’s a tough one.
DM: Yeah. It’s such a rough question. There is… like the classic, just Halloween. Michael Myers is just such an iconic character. I real feel some type of way every time I watch that movie, especially in October, my favorite month. I don’t know. There’s just certain things that really get me going. That’s too tough of a question… I watched Child’s Play and those movies starting at four years old. That was all thanks to my dad. I think that that set me up for horror. He would bring me to these haunted houses at like five, six years old, like random… haunted houses in Indiana where I’m from… So I think all of that I was doing at a young age and I got scared of it for a while. But now I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if you guys know Halloween Horror Nights in LA. I go at least like six, seven times a year, eight times. I’m not kidding or exaggerating.

Were you a child of the Goosebumps generation?
DM: Yes. Goosebumps was a very big part of my childhood. That’s kind of what also inspired me to be into horror, especially because it was kid-friendly and it dared you to read the books alone. So being a part of that was super nostalgic and crazy for me.

What’s it like working with Stephen?
DM: Oh, man. That is going to be a big question. Stephen is a very nice guy. He is super professional. He’s worked a ton. And he just knows what he’s doing. But he’s also very intimidating, which is appropriate for this part. I genuinely find myself scared in some of the scenes we’re filming. We’ll be rehearsing a scene and I’ll start laughing simply because of how scary it is… He’s just very intimidating and he goes for it. But I like that. It really demands you as an actor, too… You don’t really want to mess up and you don’t want to act like a wuss. So I’m learning a lot on how to be professional in these crazy situations.

But he’s not method?
DM: Before a take he’ll just sit with his eyes closed and get into the space of, I guess, not being able to see anything. But it’s definitely not method. He’ll joke with you and talk with you in between takes. If it were method I’d probably be ready for this to be over with. So, thank god he’s not method… No matter what he’s doing in any scene, if he has to touch someone in any kind of violent or physical way, he always says, “Are you OK?” He definitely makes sure that everyone is good with what he is doing.

Do you want to do more horror after this, or do you want to explore different genres?
DM: I guess it depends. I’ll always do a horror film if it’s actually good. It’s very rare nowadays that you’ll come across a horror movie like, “Oh, this is going to be really special. This is going to be great.” The last one that I saw that was amazing was It Follows, which is actually one of my favorite horror movies… That’s why I don’t blame Danny for doing that and this, because these are both… this is going to be a great film and [It Follows] is a great film.

We’ve heard that a lot of it is filmed not necessarily in complete darkness, but it’s a quite dark film. How does that work on camera?
DM: Whenever we’re filming a scene in the dark, there’s no lights. There’s like a light kind of on the ring of the camera, a light around the camera that kind of gives it this infrared effect. But it’s not infrared. It’s just a unique way that I haven’t seen been done for doing a scene in the dark. It’s really cool too, like I said… it gets dark.

Is that one of the themes of the film? They are coming into his world, and his world is quite dark because he doesn’t need any lights.
DM: There’s definitely a point in the movie where the tables turn. I’m not saying the whole movie, but there’s definitely points where the tables turn, where he becomes in control because of his senses… you don’t have that. So if you are in the dark and he is in the dark at the same time coming after you, you are kinda screwed.

The fact that money is a motivator, I think that happens a lot in movies because if you’ve got a theater full of an audience, 99.9% of the people in that audience will have had money troubles at some point. How badly do the characters need this money from this guy?
DM: For Rocky it’s driven by family and her sister and wanting to be able to support, because she comes from a trailer park and she wants to be able to take care of her sister and get her out of there. And she wants to go to California. And Money is like a tough gangster type dude on the surface, but you can tell on the inside he’s not. He’s never killed anyone. He’s never held a gun. He’s just all talk. And it’s just who he’s around or who he’s brought up with. He wants to escape to go to California, get a bunch of money. But I think it’s also to escape his fears and the people that leave him here at home. And Alex, he does not want to, but he loves Rocky. And also, he’s not going to get what he wants being here with his dad. He doesn’t want to leave his dad, but then he decides, “Well, they are getting this money and they are going to California. I’m going to do it, too.”

Is there a dog? We heard about a dog in the house.
DM: There is a dog. It’s a vicious poodle [note: there actually was a poodle on set during our visit, but it does not appear in the movie]. No, there is a big dog in the house. They see the dog when they are sitting outside the day of. But they also come with a plan for that, too. So they have it all planned out. They just don’t know who this guy is or what’s going on inside the house, which is where things really turn.

Is it scary filming with a big Rottweiler?
DM: I think they have a nice dog and a mean dog. They have one that you have to train to bite and one that you have to train not to bite. So it depends on which dog you are working with, I think. I haven’t had to work that much with the dog yet. The couple times that I have, though, it’s intimidating.

Don’t Breathe is set for release on August 26, 2016.

Source: ScreenRant

July 30, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Interview , News

Goosebumps star Dylan Minnette and Australian newcomer Katherine Langford will lead the young cast of Netflix‘s series 13 Reasons Why, from producer Selena Gomez, writer Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV.

Also cast in the 13-episode series, based on the 2007 New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher. are Brandon Flynn, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe (Ray Donovan), Justin Prentice (Malibu Country), Devin Druid, Miles Heizer (Parenthood) and Ross Butler.

Yorkey created and wrote the TV series adaptation, which follows a boy named Clay (Minnette) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah (Langford), after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to 12 peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving 13 reasons explaining why she took her life.

Flynn plays Justin, a star basketball player with a star ego. Navarro plays Tony, a loner who’ll always stand up for what’s right. Boe plays Jessica, Hannah’s friend until a vicious falling-out. Prentice is Bryce, a frat-boy-in-training with preppy good looks. Druid is Tyler, s photographer with a wandering lens. Heizer is Alex, introspective, a little arty, and deeply feeling. Butler plays Zach.

McCarthy and Gomez executive produce alongside Yorkey, Diana Son and Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin, as well as Mandy Teefey and Kristel Laiblin. Filming on the series began this week.

Minnette’s series credits include Scandal, Lost, Awake and Saving Grace.

Langford comes from Perth, Australia. Earlier this year, she was accepted into Australia’s top drama school, WAAPA, but opted not to enroll when she landed a screen test for TNT’s pilot Will in her first U.S. audition. While she did not get the part, her taped audition for 13 Reasons Why landed her her first major role.Langford is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Independent Management in Australia.

Prentice is repped by The Corsa Agency, Matt Sherman Management and attorney Darrell Miller. Boe is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Pallas Management Group and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Navarro is repped by CESD. Heizer, repped by Management 360 and Innovative Artists, will next be seen in the feature Nerve.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

June 12, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , News