Weekend Dispatches: Lav Diaz’s “Season of the Devil”, Hulu’s “Castle Rock”, and more

Weekend Dispatches: Lav Diaz's "Season of the Devil", Hulu's "Castle Rock", and more

An inhumane amount of development happens even over the weekend, and there’s only so much your trusty Unreel team can cover. So, say hello to “Weekend Dispatches”, a weekly news roundup we’re starting in a bid to catch up with developments that have dropped over the last weekend and beyond.

This week, we have a bunch of great new trailers, from Lav Diaz’s four-hour rock opera, “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw”, to Hulu’s Stephen King-inspired anthology series, “Castle Rock”.

“Watch Me Kill” debuts trailer

Jean Garcia has a new film. It’s directed by Tyrone Acierto, director of Filipino undead thriller, “The Grave Bandits”. It casts Garcia (“Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”) as a hitwoman determined to resolve some grisly unfinished business. Watch the trailer here:

Lav Diaz' "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw" release date, new trailer unveiledLav Diaz’s “Season of the Devil” release date unveiled

Lav Diaz’s long-gestured rock opera starring Piolo Pascual, “Season of the Devil” (a.k.a. “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw”), has finally unwrapped details regarding its Philippine theatrical release. The film is slated for a May 30th playdate. A new poster and trailer have been dropped alongside the announcement—which you can read about here.

J.J. Abrams will produce subversive superhero movie, “The Heavy”

J.J. Abrams is keen on working with Julius Avery (again). Their previous collaboration is on “Overlord”, a WWII-set science fiction thriller that has roused interest in critics and studio execs alike at the recently wrapped CinemaCon. Their new collaboration, per The Hollywood Reporter, is a subversive superhero movie called “The Heavy”, written by Dan Casey (“The Passage”). There’s little information about “The Heavy” outside of that.

“Deadpool 2” casts Celine Dion in new promotional video

We’re literally a few days away from the release of “Deadpool 2”, but the Merc of the Mouth is a few ways away from keeping his mouth shut. In a hilarious new promotional clip, we see him cast Celine Dion to perform a rousing ballad called “Ashes”.

Watch it here:

There’s a new “Robin Hood” movie, FYI. We have the teaser trailer, and it looks…eh.

No one asked for it, but it’s here. A “Robin Hood” movie, starring Taron Edgerton, Jamie Foxx, and Ben Mendelsohn. That last sentence doesn’t sound half-bad, but wait till you see the teaser trailer, littered with egregious chroma keying and hyper-stylized slo-mo sequences.

The film is directed by Otto Bathurst. It premieres November 2018.

Sundance import “Monsters and Men” releases theatrical trailer

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Monsters and Men” is getting a theatrical run. The trailer dropped over at NEON’s YouTube channel last week, and boy does it look good.

Watch it here:

It won Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It opens across U.S. theaters soon.

New trailer for Hulu’s “Castle Rock” is here!

The prospect of a Stephen King Extended Cinematic Universe should excite e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e, especially if it’s to churn momentous gems like this. That adjective, so far, applies only to Sissy Spacek’s involvement here (Spacek famously appeared as Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s enduring S.K. adaptation of “Carrie”), but if the trailer is any indication, there’d be plenty of things in the show to tether ourselves into.

Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” lands online

For our final bit of news: Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”.

The famously delayed film, which will finally make its debut at the 2018 Cannes (if it sorts out some contractual hiccups), casts a young Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as a filmmaker tangled with the crazies of a Spanish cobbler, played by Jonathan Pryce. Watch the trailer here:

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