June 2024

‘Trap’ – Warner Bros. Sets Earlier Release Date for M. Night Shyamalan Thriller

Take your seats as the show is set to begin earlier than expected for M. Night Shyamalan’s Trap. Deadline reports that the anticipated thriller shifted release dates along with new mysterious projects from Warner Bros. on the way. 

M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller for Warner Bros. – the sixteenth movie in his Oscar-nominated career thus far – is now headed to movie theaters nationwide on August 2, 2024.

That’s a one week bump from its original August 9 release date.

In the upcoming thriller starring Josh Hartnett, “A father and teen daughter attend a pop concert, where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.”

As the official trailer for Trap reveals, the pop concert is actually an elaborate trap designed to catch The Butcher, a sadistic serial killer who has been evading authorities.

Saleka Shyamalan stars in the upcoming thriller as fictional pop star Lady Raven. Hartnett had recently described the mysterious film as “very bizarre” and “very dark.”

Trap is the first film Shyamalan has made under his new deal with Warner Bros., which has been described as a “multi-year first-look directing and producing agreement.”

Speaking of Warner Bros., the new Trap release date coincides with Warner Bros. announcement of a mysterious new project that has us intrigued. The studio unveiled release dates for multiple untitled projects that includes UNTITLED NL/ATOMIC MONSTER/BLUMHOUSE EVENT FILM, which will open on April 17, 2026, while an UNTITLED WB EVENT FILM will debut March 26, 2027. While the latter may not even fall under the genre umbrella, the former project most certainly is one to keep on your radar. 

No details have been disclosed on just what these projects are, but it’s clear that a New Line, Atomic Monster, and Blumhouse team-up means something huge is coming next spring. Luckily, filmmaker Lee Cronin confirmed on socials that it’s his newly announced feature set for April 17.

As always, stay tuned for additional details as they arrive.

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‘Evil Dead Rise’ Director Lee Cronin’s Next Horror Movie Dated for 2026 Release

Fresh off last year’s Evil Dead Rise, director Lee Cronin will next be directing an untitled horror movie for Blumhouse and James Wan’s Atomic Monster, THR reports tonight.

The Hollywood Reporter previews the project in their exclusive report, “Lee Cronin is rising with a new, mysterious project described as a modern take on something ancient.”

New Line Cinema will be releasing this one in theaters April 17, 2026.

“Collaborating with Jason, James and the wonderful teams from these two storied and massively successful organizations is what perfect nightmares are made of,” said Cronin. “Getting to return to New Line Cinema and my wonderful partners over there is the cherry on top.”

Jason Blum said, “[Cronin] has an intriguing, modern take on something quite ancient that I think audiences will love,” while James Wan called the Evil Dead Rise director “a gifted filmmaker in the world of horror whose storytelling has electrified audiences.”

This is the first project under the new Blumhouse-Atomic Monster merger.

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This Crucial Change In Butcher’s Character In The Boys Season 4 Could Alter His Comic Book Fate

The Boys season 4 is nudging Butcher (Karl Urban) towards a different path than the one he followed in the original comic books.

The Boys Showrunner Has An Ending In Mind – But No Idea How They’ll Get There [Exclusive]

This week, word came out that The Boys will be ending after season 5. In our interview with showrunner Eric Kripke, he teases the direction the show is going.

The Boys Season 4 Has Completed Homelander’s Transformation Into Donald Trump

After Homelander ended The Boys season 3 by bringing an infamous Donald Trump quote to life, season 4 is doubling down on the similarities.

Viral Marketing Campaign for ‘Smile 2’ Already Underway?

Paramount’s hit horror movie Smile gets a sequel this Halloween with returning director Parker Finn’s Smile 2, which centers on a pop star targeted by the franchise’s curse.

Naomi Scott leads the cast of Smile 2, which arrives in theaters on October 18, 2024. We’ve been waiting for the marketing campaign to begin… but maybe it already has…

Bloody Disgusting has spotted a billboard on Sunset Blvd. this week promoting a new album from the musician Skye Riley, with the words “Skye is limitless” plastered across an image of a woman’s lower face. We’re not aware of any actual musician who goes by that name, so we did a little sleuthing and it seems the billboard is part of a viral marketing campaign.

Our detective work led us to the Instagram account @SkyeRileyNation, which became active just five days ago. Various posts on the page are promoting the drop of Skye Riley’s latest single “Blood on White Satin” on Tuesday, June 18, and fleeting glimpses of the fictional musician sure as hell look a lot like, well, Smile 2 star Naomi Scott.

Of particular note, a lyric video posted earlier today (check it out below) is inter-cut with quick flashes that could be our very first glimpses of this year’s hotly anticipated sequel.

Is Skye Riley the character Naomi Scott is playing in Smile 2? And if so, does that mean the first official trailer is releasing on Tuesday, June 18? We’ll continue digging in the coming days…

The announced cast for Smile 2 also includes Kyle Gallner (Smile), Rosemarie DeWitt (“The Staircase”), Lukas Gage (“The White Lotus”), and Dylan Gelula (Dream Scenario), alongside Raúl Castillo (Army of the Dead) and Miles Gutierrez-Riley (The Wilds).

Stay tuned for more on Smile 2 as we learn it. The first film scared up a whopping $217 million worldwide in 2022, all but ensuring that a sequel wouldn’t be too far behind.

 

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Emily Blunt is in Early Talks to Join Steven Spielberg’s Mysterious “Event Movie”

Steven Spielberg is reteaming with David Koepp (Jurassic Park) on an untitled “UFO film based on his own original idea,” and the mystery project may have found its star in Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, Edge of TomorrowDeadline reports today.

Universal will be bringing an untitled “original event film” from Steven Spielberg to theaters on May 15, 2026, which has David Koepp as the writer based on a story by Spielberg. 

The enigmatic film is “described as a two-hander, so Emily Blunt would be playing one of the two leads in the project.” Blunt, fresh off an Oscar win for her turn in Oppenheimer, is in early talks to star in Steven Spielberg’s next film at Universal and Amblin. This would mark the first time that Blunt would appear in a Spielberg film.

Plot details remain under tight lock and key, but Variety recently teased that Spielberg will “likely make his next project a UFO film based on his own original idea.” So, it feels safe to predict that this is the aforementioned UFO movie, but we’ve got no confirmation at this time.

Interesting to note, Koepp is also returning to his early roots with the next installment in the Jurassic World franchise. He’ll be writing next year’s untitled new installment.

Steven Spielberg is of course no stranger to extraterrestrial encounters, directing two of the greatest alien movies of all time: Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977 and E.T. in 1982. It’s an arena he returned to in 2005, directing an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

Even more recently, Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced the Netflix docuseries “Encounters” last year, which explores true stories of human contact with otherworldly phenomena. You can stream all four episodes of “Encounters” over on Netflix right now.

Stay tuned for further details as they arrive on this “event movie.” One thing is for certain, though: all signs point to Spielberg returning to his summer blockbuster roots, which he essentially pioneered with films like Jaws and the Indiana Jones franchise.

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Pixar Put My Voice Into Inside Out 2, And It Brought Me Immense Joy

Pixar put the voice of our own Ethan Anderton into a scene from their animated sequel Inside Out 2, and it was a childhood dream come true.

25 Years Later, The Original Blair Witch Project Cast Speaks Out Against Studio

The original Blair Witch Project cast is speaking out against the lack of financial compensation they’ve received these past 25 years.

‘Strange Darling’ Trailer – Kyle Gallner and Willa Fitzgerald Star in Critically Acclaimed Thriller

Fresh off the film’s premiere at Fantastic Fest, Strange Darling starring Kyle Gallner is headed our way courtesy of Magenta Light Studios, and the trailer has arrived today.

Strange Darling will release in theaters August 23, 2024. Watch the official trailer below, which is loaded with rave reviews including high praise from filmmaker Mike Flanagan!

Flanagan calls the upcoming film “sublimely brilliant.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing nationwide theatrical audiences this unique and exceptional film with terrific performances by Willa Fitzgerald and Kyle Gallner. This second feature from talented writer-director JT Mollner is destined to become a cult classic that defies conventional storytelling,” Magenta Light’s Bob Yari said in a recent statement.

Strange Darling is currently 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 14 reviews, one of which comes courtesy of Trace Thurman right here on Bloody Disgusting. Trace reviewed the film out of Fantastic Fest, giving the cat-and-mouse thriller a 3.5/5 star rating.

Trace writes, “Writer/director JT Mollner’s Strange Darling [is] a film that dares us to question the roles men and women are expected to play.” He goes on to say that the film ends up being “a smarter-than-you’d-expect entry into the cat and mouse thriller genre.”

“What we are left with is a grim little thriller whose lofty ambitions prove to be too much for it in the end, but you’ve got to give it credit for trying,” Trace also notes in his review.

Distributed by Magenta Light Studios, Strange Darling is a Miramax and Spooky Pictures Production. The film is produced by Bill Block, Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Giovanni Ribisi and Chris Ivan Cevic, with Giovanni Ribisi also serving as the Director of Photography.

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