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David R. Ellis To Helm Blumhouse Thriller ‘Sprawl’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 1:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David R. Ellis is set to direct Sprawl, a horror thriller that Jason Blum’s Blumhouse is setting up to begin production early next year. The film is expected to go through Blumhouse’s deal with Universal, but that is still formalizing itself. Ellis, who last helmed Shark Night 3D, is repped by Paradigm and Principato Young. Jordan Goldberg & Alex Paraskevas wrote the script.

I’ve always gotten a kick out of Ellis’ movies in that there is a wink and a smile behind all the gore he serves up, from the severed arm that concludes Final Destination 2 to this classic line by Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes On A Plane:

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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