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Film News Roundup: Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ Draws ‘It’ Writer Gary Dauberman to Direct

fRequa, FicarraIn today’s film news roundup, “Salem’s Lot” and “Hellraiser” draw directors, Tara Reid and Paul Mormando find new roles and zombie pandemic thriller “16 States” lands at Lionsgate.DealsNew Line has hired “It” writer Gary Dauberman to direct its adaptation of Stephen King’s 1975 horror novel “Salem’s Lot” from his own script.Dauberman made his directorial […]

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‘Aladdin’ Pops Up With Stronger Box-Office Debut As ‘Booksmart’ Disappoints

“Aladdin,” the latest Disney retread of a key title, took in an estimated $86 million for the three-day weekend, with $105 million projected for four days. This is a surprisingly strong result; after “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” it suggests the summer will follow the optimists’ path.Memorial Day weekend, once the official start of […]

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‘Annabelle’ Sequel Casts ‘Captain Marvel’ & ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Star Mckenna Grace In Key Role

Exclusive: The upcoming Annabelle sequel has set Captain Marvel and Gifted star Mckenna Grace as one of its leads.Child star Grace will play Judy, the Warrens’ young daughter who becomes a target of the demonic doll, Annabelle. I understand the movie will also turn on the experiences of Judy’s two teenage babysitters.The third installment in […]

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Box Office: ‘The Nun’ Summons Franchise-Best $5.4 Million on Thursday Night

“The Nun” has conjured up a franchise-best $5.4 million on Thursday night.Jennifer Garner’s “Peppermint,” meanwhile, made a moderate $800,000 at 2,340 locations.“The Nun,” the fifth installment in Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring” horror franchise, is pegged to dominate the domestic box office with forecasts in the $36 million to $45 million range when it debuts at […]

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Third ‘Annabelle’ Horror Movie in the Works at New Line

New Line is expanding the massively profitable Conjuring universe with a third “Annabelle” movie that will open on July 3, 2019.Gary Dauberman, who has written the scripts for two demon doll movies, will make his directorial debut on the untitled Annabelle project. He’s also writing the script.James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Company […]

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