If you dedicate as much time to the experience as I have, you should feel right at home by Day 4 of SXSW.
I’m still processing the horror that is Hereditary; I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a game changer, something I believe genre fans will consider instantly canon. It’s emotionally brutal and scary AF! Toni Collette delivers an Oscar-worthy performance that will leave you gasping, but the entire cast deserves to be lauded… Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro: They were all just fantastic. Writer/director Ari Aster deserves to be sought after and supported in whatever he sets his sights on next.
6th Street is an experience in and of itself. It’s ground zero for the music-focused SXSW attendees with clubs on both sides of the street for blocks and outdoor stages. As the focus of the convention shifts from film into gaming and music, 6th Street will transform into something resembling a hybrid of Bourbon Street and the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Josh Millican and Dexter
SXSW is full of wonderful surprises around every corner; the folks at Aceable brought a bus full of dogs and puppies, giving animal lovers like me a hefty dose of warm fuzzies. It was an unexpected and much-appreciated boost, especially for those of us missing out fur-babies back home. An adolescent Pitbull named Dexter gave the best kisses. Don’t judge!
Nestled prominently between the clubs and souvenir shops is Austin’s famous Museum of the Weird; fans of horror movies, cryptozoology, and the macabre won’t want to miss it. Real mummies, Fiji mermaids, and shrunken heads are just a few of the oddities on display at one of the last authentic “dime museums” in the world. They also own some classic props from horror movies genre fans will flip for.
The Museum of the Weird is located at 412 E. Sixth Street in Austin, and it’s opened daily from 10 am to midnight.
Museum of the Weird in Austin, TX
One of the most amazing aspects of SXSW is the mix of pleasure and business. Film enthusiasts will be thrilled by the immense slate of content while simultaneously meeting potential business partners and collaborators. If you’re a filmmaker, you can attend a bevy of meet-ups and workshops. Yesterday Dread Central organized and hosted a social get-together while Shaked Berenson (Epic Pictures/Dread Central Presents) was one of the featured speakers at the 90-Minute Film School workshop. IFC hosted an upscale dinner for genre filmmakers (and their friends), which we were honored to attend.
My Midnight screening tonight will be Ghost Stories, a film by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman based on their extremely successful stage play. Jonathan Barkan conducted an incredible interview with this dynamic duo that will be uploaded to our YouTube channel later this week. It’s been getting an incredible response so I can’t wait to see what the buzz is all about!
Tomorrow will be our last full day at SXSW, and we plan to make the absolute most of it. Check back tomorrow for more of our ongoing coverage.
If this is your first time checking in with my daily write-ups of SXSW 2018, you can catch up on what went down on Day 1 HERE, Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.
If you’re in town too, and you see me sporting my Dread Central t-shirt, come on over and say what’s up!
Deadpool director Tim Miller has lined up a new project at Fox, signing on for an adaptation of William Gibson’s classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. Miller had been set to direct Deadpool 2 for Fox but dropped out of the sequel over creative differences. Under Miller’s leadership, the first Deadpool became a box office smash, grossing $783 million worldwide and proving the profitability of R-rated comic book movies.
A seminal novel of the cyberpunk genre, Neuromancer introduced a number of concepts that would later become science fiction staples, including outlaw computer hackers, the idea of “cyberspace” and the “matrix.” The plot is a mash-up of noir conventions and speculative dystopian sci-fi about a disgraced hacker who, after being saved from his dead-end existence by a modified “street samurai” and going to work for a shady ex-military man, becomes a cog in a labyrinthine mystery involving the efforts of a powerful AI called Wintermute to merge with its AI counterpart Neuromancer to form a super-AI.
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Efforts have been on-going for years to bring Neuromancer and its complex story to the big screen, and now Fox has settled on Tim Miller as the man to direct their adaptation with Simon Kinberg producing, as reported by Deadline. Gibson’s book has previously been adapted as a graphic novel, a video game, a BBC radio play and an opera.
Early efforts to get a film version of Neuromancer off the ground involved music video director Chris Cunningham, who was once named by the author as the only person capable of doing the story right, with Aphex Twin set to record the soundtrack. In 2007, Milla Jovovich was attached to a planned adaptation as the lead with Joseph Kahn (Torque) directing. In 2010, Splice director Vincenzo Natali was reported to be working on a new script for the adaptation with an eye toward directing, and things got far enough for Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg to be offered roles. In 2015 the Chinese company C2M offered new funding and Natali was off the project.
With Fox getting behind Neuromancer and awarding Miller the chance to tackle the story, it seems there is finally some genuine momentum pushing the project forward. Whoever ends up writing the script will have a very tall task distilling Gibson’s highly involved world and very complicated, detailed plot into something that works cinematically. Considering all the pop culture staples that have been directly or indirectly influenced by Neuromancer, with The Matrix right at the top of the list, it almost feels like the book has been adapted already at least in spirit.
In addition to Neuromancer, Miller is also attached to a Terminator reboot being brought to life by James Cameron himself. Both the Gibson novel and the Cameron film came out in 1984, and both were highly influential on later works. Miller will now get a chance to re-imagine both era-defining properties for a new generation of moviegoers. The director is also working on the sci-fi adaptation Influx for Fox, as well as a live-action/animated version of the video game Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony.
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