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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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‘Shazam!’ Director Made a Horror Movie in Quarantine — Watch

Director David F. Sandberg, who helmed last year’s well-liked DC film “Shazam!,” is making the most of his time hunkered down at home. He’s released, via Twitter, a spooky, three-minute horror short titled “Shadowed,” starring his wife Lotta Losten, an actress and frequent collaborator. Like her husband, she’s no stranger to the horror genre either, […]

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How the Composer of ‘Shazam!’ Could be the Heir to Zimmer and Williams

After the horror thrills of “Lights Out” and “Annabelle: Creation,” director David Sandberg and composer Benjamin Wallfisch shifted tone with the light-hearted adventure of “Shazam!,” the box office hit starring Zachary Levi as DC’s iconic child-man superhero.“David and I started discussing the score several months before shooting began,” said Wallfisch (who has been busy lately […]

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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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’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Ross Butler Joins DC’s ‘Shazam!’

Ross Butler has joined the cast of New Line’s “Shazam!,” Variety has confirmed.The film follows a boy named Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who can transform into an adult superhero, portrayed by Zachary Levi, by uttering the magic word “Shazam!” The name Shazam is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, […]

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