Legendary's Digital Media division and Crackle have revealed the principal cast along with the first photo for the upcoming feature-length project Dead Rising: Watchtower.  Rob Riggle, Harley Morenstein, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Aleks Paunovic will join previously announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.
Rob Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Harley Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan's (Aleks Paunovic) second-in-command; Aleks Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Keegan Connor Tracy will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist.
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story's narrative.
The project is written by Tim Carter, who is also producing with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner.  Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Red, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.
Crackle will debut Dead Rising: Watchtower in its feature-length form in the U.S. After Crackle's exclusive distribution run, the project will also be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV. Content Media Corporation will distribute Dead Rising: Watchtower in both feature-length and episodic formats for all international platforms.
The Dead Rising game franchise has sold over 7.6 MM copies worldwide. Publisher Capcom has sold over 200 MM game copies worldwide, including those from juggernaut series Resident Evil®, Street Fighter® and Mega Man®. Check out star Virginia Madsen as she leads her supporting cast in the first photo from the set of Dead Rising: Watchtower.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will be released in 2015 and stars Rob Riggle, Virginia Madsen, Keegan Connor Tracy, Harley Morenstein, Aleks Paunovic, Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Meghan Ory. The film is directed by Zach Lipovsky.
The Conjuring 2 was originally set to open in time for Halloween next year, arriving on October 23, 2015. Now that Jem and the Holograms is also occupying that slot, Warner Bros. has delayed their sequel to director James Wan's 2013 hit The Conjuring, moving it to an unspecified release date in 2016.
The Conjuring 2 will reportedly continue the adventures of real-life paranormal investigators Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) as they take on a new case. The spinoff Annabelle came out earlier this month, and while it wasn't a hit with critics it has already pulled in $37 million against a $6 million budget. There are no plans for a sequel at this moment.
Right now, The Conjuring 2 does not have a set director. Writers of the original Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes will return.
Studios are working hard to find a horror franchise to release annually on Halloween. It's unclear if Annabelle will take this position vacated by the now defunct Saw and the Paranormal Activity series, which has been moved to what is considered the more lucrative month of January. Its believed that Jem and the Holograms, while not a horror movie, is being positioned for October to present a flashy, trashy alternative to The Rocky Horror Picture Show for teens.
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The reason for the delay is unclear, although there's some suggestion that the studio are waiting for Wan to become available to re-take the director's chair. Wan had previously said that he was leaving horror alone for a while, and has recently been wrangling Fast & Furious 7. But perhaps a sweet deal has been brokered?
As for the unnamed horror that will replace The Conjuring 2 on October 23, there's really no clue so far. Again going purely by the IMDb, New Line's current development slate includes Tarsem Singh's A Killing On Carnival Row, killer bedbug flick Dead Asleep, Cary Fukunaga's new version of Stephen King's It, Darwin Brooks' gothic Western Six Gun Dead, and an English-language remake of The Orphange.
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