Oscar-winning actress/producer Charlize Theron (Monster, The Road) and producer/director David Fincher (Zodiac, Se7en) are developing a new HBO crime drama based on the book Mind Hunter:Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by renowned FBI profiler John Douglas and novelist/filmmaker Mark Olshaker (Mind of a Serial Killer).
The series will recount Douglas’ experiences on the field while tracking down serial killers and rapists. “Dexter” executive producer Scott Buck is writing the pilot.
Douglas pioneered the profiling techniques used by the Bureau today and was the inspiration for the agent Jack Crawford character in author Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels and the Frank Black character in Chris Carter’s “Millennium” series.
He has profiled such noted monsters as JohnWayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, (aka: Son of Sam), Charles Manson, James Earl Ray, Edmund Kemper (aka: the Coed Killer), Richard Speck, and countless others.
Though he retired in the mid-nineties, Douglas continued to consult in such high-profile cases as The Unabomber, the Nicole Brown Simpson/ Ron Goldman murders, and the JonBenet Ramsey homicide.
If you want to freak yourself out, read Douglas’ The Anatomy of Motive and Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet.
For over a decade, B-movie scream queen Tiffany Shepis has been chased, tormented, and brutalized (often while in the buff) in such straight-to-DVD trash fare as Dark Reel, Bloody Murder 2, and Embrace the Darkness 3. This year, the busty 30-year-old may finally get some payback in former AFI head of press and public relations John Wildman’s directorial debut Stripped.
Described as a post-feminist horror film, Stripped revolves around two brothers and a friend whose night of partying comes to a dreadful end when they find themselves trapped in a house occupied by a family of homicidal, man-hating women. It’s not clear if Shepis will be playing one of the psycho bitches or if she is the “friend” mentioned in the description. Either way, I’m sure both roles will call for nudity.
Stripped is set to shoot in May in Dallas, Texas. Jeffrey Allard (The Violent Kind, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Adam Donaghey are attached as producers.
Director Michael Winterbottom’s film adaptation of the Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me caused plenty of panties to bunch up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The serial-killer drama triggered disgust and anger among many female viewers, leading to public outcries (one woman yelled “How dare you” at Winterbottom during the premiere’s Q&A) and walkouts, including one by star Jessica Alba (her reps claim she had a flight to catch).
The film’s controversial scenes include rough sex and raw, prolonged violence against its female leads, namely Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, the latter of which gets spanked with a belt and later punched in the face repeatedly. Casey Affleck plays perverted, homicidal maniac-with-a-badge Lou Ford. To see the offending scenes for yourself, click here.
In an interview with Anne Thompson, Winterbottom states:
The violence is shocking in the book and it’s shocking in the film. It’s not a police procedural. The story is being told by someone who’s crazy. The story is the way he tells it and sees it, not the way it happened. The film has no sense of pleasure in the violence.
The audience didn’t understand that when they watch this shocking violence, Casey is not the hero where the audience gets off on it. It should be shocking and brutal.
No word yet on whether The Killer Inside Me has scored a distribution deal.
Guests of Universal Studios Hollywood will go ape-shit this summer when they come face-to-face with a 3-D King Kong. Created by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson and his F/X team Weta Digital, the two-and-a-half minute attraction will be part of the theme park’s back lot studio tram tour.
“King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson (the attraction’s official name)” was built on a 200-foot-long sound stage with a “tram-mover” system capable of rocking the tram back and forth, up and down. The attraction also features two 180-foot-long by 40-foot-tall screens that wrap around the tram to create an all encompassing 3-D environment.
Universal Studios show producer Valerie Johnson-Redrow promises:
You are really going to be immersed in every part of the show. We are going to bring you to Skull Island. We are going to bring you right in the middle of a knock- down, drag-out fight with a T. rex.
The new King Kong attraction replaces the 30-foot-tall animatronic Kong that was destroyed during the park’s 2008 back lot fire.
To read about the Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Orlando, click here.