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‘Pinocchio’ Cut Free of Copyright And Yes, It’s Becoming a Horror Movie

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Many genre fans dislike the trend of formerly copywritten characters entering the public domain and becoming horror movies. This has happened to Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse’s Steamboat Willy, Bambi, Peter Pan and now the latest: Pinocchio.

Leading this charge are producers Rhys Frake-Waterfield and Scott Jeffrey who have vowed to create their own universe containing these once untouchable icons. Although creating a murderous anthropomorphic yellow bear or killer boy-like puppet has always been free to do, it seems filmmakers are writing their hands with dollar signs in their eyes as Disney loses their copyrights to characters they themselves took from other works almost a hundred years ago.

The latest of these is Pinocchio, an already terrifying story about a sentient wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. Called Pinocchio: Unstrung, the movie will come from Frake-Waterfield and Jeffrey’s Jagged Edge label.

The moviemaking duo is currently taking the profits they got from last year’s Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey to make a its sequel. And now that Tigger has entered the public domain, they are making him a part of that film. He was absent from the original.

There is no word of plot or setting for Pinocchio: Unstrung and casting is still underway, but reportedly you won’t have to wait long since they would like to release it in 2024.

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‘Kraken’: An Upcoming Horror Movie Based On The Famous Sea Monster Legend

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This famous sea legend is getting an adaptation on the big screen. The horror film Kraken, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, is currently in development and will be based on the terrifying Scandinavian legend. It is targeting a late 2025 release and will be distributed by TrustNordisk. Check out the teaser image and more about the film below.

Teaser Image for Kraken

The film synopsis states: “At the bottom of Norway’s deepest fjord rests a mythical monster as large as a mountain, with a myriad of arms ready to crush and devour anything they can grab.” THR details that it will follow the story of “Johanne, a marine biologist who encounters several strange occurrences while researching a fjord, including the brutal deaths of two local teenagers.”

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The movie is being directed by Pål Øie, known for the horror film The Tunnel (2019). Vilde Eide wrote the script and John Einar Hagen and Einar Loftesnes are producing the film. No details were given on the casting for the film.

Image of Giant Squid Caught On Camera

THR detailed that “In Norway and Iceland, legend has it that the Kraken, a giant sea monster similar to a squid or octopus, is lurking in local seas, only to occasionally rise and go on a rampage. Kraken will be shot off the coast of Norway later this year.”

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The legend of the Kraken is one tale that is popular and known among many. This legend will be interesting to see adapted on the big screen. Are you excited about this upcoming film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out footage of a giant Magnapinna squid caught on camera below.

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‘Joker: Folie à Deux’: New First Look Images Showcase The Joker And Harley Quinn

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This is one of the most anticipated movies of 2024. The sequel to Joker (2019) titled Joker: Folie à Deux released new first look images showcasing both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie is set to debut in theaters on October 4th of this year. Check out the new images and more about the film below.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

Very little is known about the plot except that it is going to be a musical and that it will focus on both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie will be directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the first film. The story is written by Paul Dini, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane. It stars actors Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Zazie Beetz, and many more.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

The first film titled Joker was released in 2019 and was a major hit at the box office. The film went on to make $1.074B on a $70M budget. It was also a hit among critics and audiences earning a 69% Critic and 88% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It went on to win several awards including the Oscars best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Original Score (Hildur Guðnadóttir).

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

These images give us a fresh new look at the two leading characters in the film. The first teaser will be released sometime in April according to the director. Are you excited about this film, or do you think they should have left it as a standalone film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the official trailer for the original film below.

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Dennis Quaid Cast as Notorious Serial Killer in Paramount+ Series ‘Happy Face’

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Fans of true crime will be excited about this news. Dennis Quaid is set to lead the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ series, ‘Happy Face.’ This series, inspired by real events, delves into the dark narrative of a notorious serial killer and the profound impact on his family, particularly his daughter.

Happy Face” is rooted in the harrowing true-life story of Melissa Moore, who discovered as a teenager that her father was the infamous serial killer dubbed “Happy Face” for the smiley faces he drew on letters that boasted of his crimes. This revelation shattered Moore’s life, leading her to change her name and keep her father’s identity a secret while he served a life sentence in prison.

Keith Hunter Jesperson, the Happy Face Killer

The series aims to explore the complex relationship between “Happy Face” (played by Quaid) and his daughter, Melissa (portrayed by Annaleigh Ashford). After years of silence, the serial killer finds a way to re-enter his daughter’s life, sparking a series of events that force Melissa to confront her father’s legacy. She embarks on a quest to determine whether an innocent man is at risk of being executed for one of her father’s crimes, all while grappling with the broader implications of her father’s actions on his victims’ families and her own sense of identity.

Happy Face” promises to be a deep dive into the psyche of a serial killer and the ripple effects of crime on family and society. The series is inspired by the podcast of the same name by iHeartMedia and Melissa Moore, and the book “Shattered Silence,” co-written by Moore and M. Bridget Cook.

The production of this eight-episode series is set to commence this spring in Vancouver, with a premiere date on Paramount+ slated for 2025. Behind the scenes, Jennifer Cacicio takes the helm as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner. The project also boasts executive production by notable names including Robert and Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Moore herself, and Michael Showalter, who is also directing the first episode.

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