Fox Atomic, the new youth-focused division of Fox Filmed Entertainment, announced its 2006-2007 line up and theatrical release dates for three of their upcoming films. Turistas, a recent acquisition, will jump start the studio's slate in December 2006, followed by The Hills Have Eyes 2 and 28 Weeks Later, both going into production this summer, and being released in theaters in 2007. Also on the production slate for Fox Atomic is a re-imagining of the 1984 classic Revenge of the Nerds and The Comebacks, a sports comedy. The announcement coincides with the kick off of this year's Comic-Con International - home of North America's largest comic book and multi-genre convention - in San Diego, CA.
Also announced is the beta launch of foxatomic.com, the company's interactive broadband channel. Foxatomic.com will be a unique online experience offering visitors original and user generated content as well as entertainment from other Fox brands. Through a partnership with Jumpcut.com, Fox Atomic has developed The Blender, an online video editing and viewing feature. In The Blender, Comic-Con attendees can audition at specially designed kiosks in the Fox Atomic booth for their "15 Gigs of Fame" and win a walk-on role in the upcoming movie "Revenge of the Nerds." In addition, content partner Stupidvideos.com will provide user submitted viral videos to the Fox Atomic site, providing another element of compelling entertainment content.
"We have an incredibly exciting year ahead of us with the recently announced Fox Atomic Comics, our upcoming slate of movies and the launch of foxatomic.com," said Peter Rice, President of Fox Atomic and John Hegeman COO of Fox Atomic. "We look forward to providing our audience with unique and compelling entertainment."
Turistas (December 1, 2006)
After a terrifying bus accident maroons a diverse group of young adventure travelers in a remote Brazilian beach town, they slowly discover that the white sand beaches and lush jungles are concealing a darker, unsettling secret. Turistas stars Josh Duhamel (NBC's "Las Vegas") and Melissa George (The Amityville Horror) and is directed by John Stockwell (Blue Crush).
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (March 2, 2007)
The sequel to the 2006 horror re-make, The Hills Have Eyes, which grossed over $41 million at the domestic box office, is written by horror legend Wes Craven and Jonathan Craven and will be directed by Martin Weisz. The storyline follows a group of young National Guard trainees who are attacked by mutants during a training mission in the New Mexico desert. "The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning," a graphic novel, will be published by Fox Atomic Comics in 2007.
28 Weeks Later (May 11, 2007)
The creative team of Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, and Andrew Macdonald are back to re-invent the zombie movie yet again with the sequel to 28 Days Later. Lead by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection, wreaking havoc on the entire population. "28 Days Later: The Aftermath," a graphic novel, will be published by Fox Atomic Comics in 2007.
A raucous re-imagining of the comedy classic. Adams College is turned upside down by a group of freshmen misfits who redefine the term "nerd." As they try to form their own frat, the nerds incur the wrath of the ultimate alpha males, the infamous Alpha Beta fraternity. The nerds refuse to go down without a fight, waging an all-out battle against the notorious jocks during Greek Week. Kyle Newman (Fanboys) is set to direct with McG and Stephanie Savage producing.
Champ Fields is known as the unluckiest coach in the history of sports. After being forced into an early retirement, he's given one last shot at greatness. Unfortunately, Champ is hired to coach The Comebacks, a talentless, slightly deranged college football team with a laughable roster and an even worse record. Armed with questionable morals, and weak players, Champ sets out to bring this team of losers together and make the impossible happen, win a game.