Brad Fuller

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Thus far, Platinum Dunes hasn’t made movies for everyone. “Everyone,” of course, meaning a fair chunk of the online film community. Producer Brad Fuller – who started the company with Andrew Form and Michael Bay around 10 years ago — is well aware of the lashings he and his partners have taken. Remaking a horror classic is going to lose certain audience members from the start, but some of Platinum Dunes’ work has been met with downright hate. However, some of that hate comes from an insular community, as proven by the box-office numbers A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th delivered. They were R-rated horror hits that Fuller has been having a difficult time making since Elm Street. This is what led him to teaming up with producer Jason Blum and making the high-concept thriller The Purge. The home invasion pic was made for two million dollars which is a low budget that Fuller and his partners aren’t exactly used to. The Purge represents a new direction for Platinum Dunes. Fuller made the time to tell us about where the company is going and why it had to go there:

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Well, kind of. According to The Province (via ComingSoon), the Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Josh Appelbaum- and Andre Nemec-penned, and Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles might start filming later this summer in Vancouver. Well, Canadians are by and large a very welcoming people. The outlet reports that word is out in “casting and pre-production circles around town” that the turtles are coming to the fair city to film a new version of the heroes in a half shell and their adventures in being both totally awesome and completely weird. As with most reboots/remakes/relaunches, this new film will be more “grounded” and “gritty” and, as producer Brad Fuller told us earlier this year, the film will likely use Rise of the Planet of the Apes-inspired motion-capture performance to tell its story.

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A remake of The Birds has been kicking around for some time now. As Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller tells us, the project won’t happen until it’s “cracked.” Remaking such a beloved film is a challenge, but finding new and original ways of showing birds attacking, and in a 21st Century environment, must make for an even bigger problem. As Fuller puts it, it’s a part of the reason why we have yet to see the remake get made. When I asked about the status of the film in a recent interview, Fuller said, “It’s interesting, because we have been developing that movie for five or seven years, and we haven’t cracked. You know, we’re not going to go out and just make a movie because we have a great title. We’re only going to make it if we feel like we thought of something that doesn’t exist. It’s a daunting and ongoing process. Frankly, I don’t even know what will happen with that. I hope we can crack it.” But just what does Fuller consider the essential element of “cracking it”?

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When we heard that Platinum Dunes and the director of Battle: Los Angeles were planning on rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it was pretty easy to jump to conclusions about what type of film they would be making: gritty, lots of shaky-cam, and like most modern action filmmaking, trying to ground ridiculousness as much as possible. But Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller tells us that we should definitely expect a grounded, but not “gritty” take on a movie with alien turtles coming to Earth. Fuller also shared that a part of this “grounded” version may come courtesy of motion-capture. Based on Fuller’s tone and his love for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it would be a shock if the filmmaking team behind the project do not go with mo-cap Turtles. Here’s what Brad Fuller had to say about Ninja Turtles:

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The gritty, realistic version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that is currently in the works has found itself a new home with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. This may be the end of the part where it’s gritty, realistic and tied to the original comics.

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While producer Brad Fuller acknowledged to us in an interview this week that there may be something going on behind the scenes at New Line, he’s not intimately aware of any solid plans just yet.

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Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller took time away from talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street to chat with us about their planned remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

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For no good reason, Freddy Krueger has come back to life. But that won’t stop his return from being a terrifying ride into the world of dreams now, will it? Certainly not.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Platinum Dunes remake machine is back in action and this time they’ve set their sights on your dreams. Krueger is back – the only remaining question: is a campy clown or a vicious dream slayer?

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Yesterday, horror remake producer Brad Fuller (Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) engaged in a bit of conversation with one of his fans on Twitter regarding the possibility of a Friday the 13th sequel…

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And here, you thought this ‘board games into movies’ trend was just a fad that would fade away quietly before anyone could actually make something playable in theaters…

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Jason Voorhees may or may not see snow in the sequel that may or may not hit theaters on August 13th, 2010. I may or may not care.

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He recently covered his face as Rorschach in Watchmen, now he intends to have it burnt off as Freddy Krueger – Jackie Earle Haley is about to be announced as the star of the rebooted Nightmare on Elm Street. Or at least we think so.

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Before you catch a midnight showing of the awesome and exciting Friday the 13th reboot, read up on the cast and crew and their adventure in bringing Jason Voorhees back to the big screen.

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Film School Rejects talking Friday the 13th

Our own Robert Fure as he got a chance to talk to the cast and producers of the upcoming horror franchise reboot Friday the 13th. Find out what they had to say for themselves…

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One of the last treats of Comic-Con 2008 was the panel for the upcoming horror reboot Friday the 13th. And now, thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, we have both a poster and a bit of footage from the panel.

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