It’s Horror Happenings yet again, boys and girls, and we’ve got a couple great stories for you, about a maestro’s new technological idea, and perhaps a new director for a beloved evil clown project.
Eli Roth’s CryptTV Sponsors Snapchat Murder Mystery
As humans of the world, we know that technology is ever-changing. When it comes to horror, it’s a genre that appears to be trying to keep up with the times finding new and exciting ways to incorporate technology into innovative scares. This is sometimes successful (think movies like The Den or Unfriended) and sometimes not so successful (hello Pulse and The Devil Inside‘s anticlimactic cliffhanger).
Horror master and all around great human Eli Roth has decided to embrace new forms of social media and is incorporating Snapchat through his digital CryptTV brand to produce a murder mystery using digital influencers. According to Variety, starting tonight, the stars will begin to “die” and Snapchat fans will have 24 hours to search through CryptTV’s account to figure out the killer. The initiative gives a whole new meaning to the Snapchat ghost, doesn’t it horror friends?
Has New Line’s Feature Adaptation of It Found a New Director?
It was a sad day for horror fans when True Detective Season One director Cary Fukunaga left his planned two-part feature adaptation of Stephen King’s It. For a while, it was unclear if the project was dead in the water or if it would continue at New Line with a different director. Now it is looking like we are getting our answer with Guillermo del Toro protege and Mama director Andy Muschietti apparently looking to take over the project.
Before Fukunaga departed, it was announced that up and coming British actor Will Poulter would be bringing the infamous clown Pennywise to life, a decision that, while a bit unconventional, we were on board with. The Wrap reports that Poulter is no longer attached but there is a chance that he could return depending on availability and Muschietti’s interpretation of the iconic monster. There is no release date for the film and the script will go through revisions before beginning production.
What do you think of this choice, folks? Could you see the Mama director taking on It? Given his experience directing children and working on a small budget (the budget allegedly being the primary issue for Fukunaga’s departure) it could be a great fit! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!