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Netflix Nabs Ted Bundy Film Starring Zac Efron

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Known as the most popular serial killer in America, Ted Bundy shocked the world with his incredibly violent crimes and murders for more than a decade. On the other side of the spectrum, we have teenage heart throb High School Musical star, Zac Efron, who portrays Bundy in the upcoming thriller, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

News recently came forward that streaming giant, Netflix, has acquired the right to Efron’s future Bundy film, fitting in perfectly with the selection of streamable content which contains the episodic documentary series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. As the movie nears its release in 2019, it’s really no wonder how Netflix was able to get their hands on the Bundy film.

Netflix offers a robust selection of quality exclusive films, such as the recent series, Russian Dolls, and the strange horror phenomenon, Bird Box. Adding the new Bundy film will only continue to allow the streaming service to broaden its horizons with as much worthy content as possible.

 

 

Zac Efron will star in the upcoming film which will distance this role as his most feverish and villainous character yet. The High School Musical star will act next to the Netflix Original ‘Okja’ star, Lily Collins, as Bundy’s love interest, Elizabeth Kloepfer. The story will be told trough the eyes of Kloepfer, and focus on the twisted mentality and curious serial killing spree left in the wake of Bundy’s violent and heinous crimes. It has also reported that Metallica’s own front man, James Hetfield, will play alongside Efron as the cop who brought in Ted Bundy, though there has yet to be any appearance in trailers of Hetfield in character.

The film will tell the stories from what has been publicly addressed either by Bundy himself, or countless witnesses and acquaintances throughout Bundy’s increasingly disturbing life. Taking place in the 1970s, the story of Ted Bundy and his killing spree looks like it will invoke a new monster (the good kind) in the rising stardom of the now much more adult Efron.

Netflix did not go into bidding for the film without some healthy competition, however. STX Entertainment and Lionsgate also played a part in chasing after the upcoming thriller but ultimately lost to Netflix after a $9 million deal was put into place. Netflix also retains U.S. rights to the film, while also acquiring a few international territories, as well.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to release during the fall of 2019. While no exact release date been revealed, the momentum is certainly gaining, both from the success of the docu-series, The Ted Bundy Tapes, as well as the role that is plunging Efron into possible legendary territory.

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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