Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Pet Sematary Remake, Preacher and Kingkiller Chronicle

    Jigsaw Tears the Box Office Into Pieces

    The highest-grossing movie of the Halloween weekend was Jigsaw with $16.6 million, reports Box Office Mojo. This latest installment in the series of horror flicks about a sadistic mass murderer inventing elaborate traps for his victims was directed by Australian filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig who previously made Predestination, an excellent adaptation of a short sci-fi story by Robert A. Heinlein.

    In the second place with $10 million is the last week’s newcomer, Tyler Perry’s horror comedy Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, a sci-fi thriller in which Gerald Butler punches hurricanes into oblivion dropped to the third place from the last weekend’s second by earning $5.9 million. In the fourth place with almost $5.1 million is yet another horror movie, Happy Death Day. Finally, in the fifth place is Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 that, in its fourth weekend in cinemas, grossed $4.1 million.

    Pet Sematary Remake Gets Its Directors

    Encouraged by the success of movie adaptation of Stephen King’s It by Warner Bros, Paramount has chosen directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer to helm their Pet Sematary remake, reports Variety. In 2014 Kolsch and Widmyer first gained fame with their Kickstarter-funded horror movie Starry Eyes about an aspiring actress (Alexandra Essoe) discovering the sinister origins behind Hollywood stardom.

    Based on a Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel about a family living next to the graveyard that can bring the buried dead back to life. Directed by Mary Lambert and first released in 1989, Pet Sematary was a critical and a commercial success. Nowadays the movie is best remembered for the song by the punk rock band Ramones made especially for the film (and reviled by the band’s hardcore fans).

    Preacher Renewed For Third Season

    Preacher, an insane, violent adaptation of an equally insane and violent graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon has been renewed for a third season by AMC. The news was first announced on Twitter by the actor and comedian Seth Rogen. A huge fan of the original graphic novel, Rogen also helped bring it to television.

    The story of Preacher follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town Texas preacher who finds himself the center of an apocalyptic battle between Heaven and Hell. Accompanied by his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), Jesse undergoes a road trip to find God. Preacher first aired in May 2016. Since then, it has been received positively by both the audience and the reviewers alike.

    Kingkiller Chronicle to Air On Showtime

    A TV show based on the bestselling fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss will air on Showtime, says AVClub. The show will be produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton. Miranda, a huge fan of Rothfuss’ novels, will also write and compose the music for the show. John Rogers, creator of TV shows Leverage and The Librarians will serve as the showrunner.

    So far, only the first two novels in this fantasy trilogy – The Name Of The Wind and Wise Man’s Fear – have been published. Nevertheless, these popular novels will be turned into a number of adaptations. Novels will reportedly be adapted into movies while the TV show will supposedly take place a generation before the events of The Kingkiller Chronicle. As yet, the exact release date for the show is unknown.

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