“Unsettle” in for a quartet of disturbing Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios films that will be hitting the Amazon Prime Video streaming service in October. The two studios are gearing up to release four horror films on the platform next month and the new teaser for the upcoming films promises that they will provide all manner of chills.
The roughly 70-second teaser offers a glimpse at four of the eight “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series of films that will eventually make their way to Amazon’s streaming service. The four films are titled “Black Box,” “Evil Eye,” “The Lie,” and “Nocturne,” and though the scenes in the new trailer rapidly shift from film to film, the teaser suggests that each upcoming film could offer as many chills as the best of Blumhouse Television’s horror releases.
“Black Box” and “The Lie” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 6, while “Evil Eye” and “Nocturne” will premiere on the streaming service on October 13.
The “Black Box” synopsis reads: “After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.” “The Lie” will kick off when a “teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.”
“Evil Eye” centers on how a “seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past.”
The “Nocturne” synopsis reads: Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate.
The teaser trailer for the four films is set to the disarmingly relaxed “What’s Up” by indie pop musician FJØRA. The song is produced by Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated producer Linda Perry, who served as vocalist of 4 Non Blondes.
EXCLUSIVE: Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney has launched her own production company, Fifty-Fifty Films, and has set her first project as a starring vehicle. Sweeney has teamed with Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose and Endeavor Content on The Players Table, a TV series adaptation of Jessica Goodman’s forthcoming debut novel They Wish They Were Us. Annabelle Attanasio (Mickey and the Bear) is attached to write, direct and executive produce.
The project originated with Sweeney who found the book, slated to be published on August 4 by Razorbill, and set it up with the help of her team at Paradigm. The book was optioned by Endeavor Content and Crazyrose through the companies’ production and finance deal. The storyline follows high school senior Jill Newman, played by Sweeney, at her exclusive Long Island prep school as she works to uncover the truth about her best friend’s death and the role she and her fellow “players”—members of the secret society that rules the school—may have had in it.
Sweeney will executive produce under her Fifty-Fifty Films banner along with Crazyrose principals Vallée and Ross as well as Goodman. Fifty-Fifty’s Jonathan Davino and Meghan Oliver will also produce.
“Starting Fifty-Fifty Films has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Sweeney said. “When I read They Wish They Were Us I was instantly drawn to the specificity of the world and the struggles of the characters — and I knew it was the first project I wanted to produce. I’m really honored that Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross wanted to partner on this series. I’m getting to learn from the best. We are really thrilled to be working alongside an empowering filmmaker like Annabelle.”
Sweeney, Vallée and Ross previously worked together on the Emmy-nominated Sharp Objects for HBO. Sweeney continues her relationship with HBO, co-starring on their breakout series Euphoria, which was nominated for six Emmys on Tuesday. Sweeney will next be seen in Amazon/Blumhouse’s Nocturne and Amazon’s The Voyeurs.
Attanasio’s debut feature, Mickey and the Bear, premiered at SXSW 2019 and went on to make its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of their ACID division.
“We are delighted to partner with Sydney and her team on The Players Table, and grateful that she shared this gripping novel with us,” Vallée and Ross said. “We are equally thrilled to have Annabelle as our creative leader on this journey. Her visual style, her sense of storytelling along with the quality of performances that she gets out of actors and actresses is just stunning. We are thankful that she feels so passionate about the project and the possibility of exploring a genre piece in the world of high school with the complicated issues teenagers face today. We believe that her voice and talent will make all the difference.”
For television, Vallée and Ross exec produced HBO’s Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmys during its first season, and was nominated for five for its second season Tuesday, as well as Sharp Objects. On the big screen, their past projects include Dallas Buyers Club, which won three Academy Awards, and Wild, which was nominated for three Oscars. Their upcoming projects include the authorized John Lennon and Yoko Ono film at Universal, as well as the limited series Gorilla and the Bird for HBO.
Sweeney is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Attanasio is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Goodman is represented by Paradigm. Paradigm negotiated the deal and packaged the project on behalf of Goodman and Fifty-Fifty Films.
Crazyrose, Vallée and Ross are repped by David Weber of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
What do ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Sharp Objects,’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ have in common? They all feature Sydney Sweeney. We spoke with the actor about her dream role, her new indie film Clementine, and why you don’t want to catch her in a fighting ring.
Sydney Sweeney has had quite the past two years. Between taking the internet by storm as Euphoria’s Cassie Howard and playing a Manson Family member in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—plus roles alongside Amy Adams in Sharp Objects and in the award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale—Sweeney has proved herself a force to be reckoned with.
“It definitely has been an amazing last couple years,” she says. “Being able to ride off the momentum, and having all these amazing projects that lined up one after another.”
This string of prestigious projects didn’t just fall into the actor’s lap. As a 12-year-old, Sweeney prepared a PowerPoint presentation for her parents outlining her path to both stardom and a college degree. She proved convincing, and has been working hard at both ever since, studying entrepreneurship while racking up an impressive repertoire of diverse characters alongside some of the most respected names in Hollywood.
Sweeney’s latest release is the Oregon-filmed indie, Clementine. Part coming-of-age story, part psychological drama, Clementine tells the story of Karen, played by Otmara Marrero, as she reels in the aftermath of a breakup with her older girlfriend. Karen holes up in her ex’s secluded Pacific Northwest lake house, and there meets Lana, played by Sweeney, a bewitching teenager with a secret. “I was really looking for a beautiful film,” says Sweeney. “I loved [Lana], I loved the mystery to her and the twist at the end of who she is.”
Lana and Karen’s mutating relationship drives the film forward, morphing from sisterly to maternal to sexual and back again. What is constant, however, is the air of suspicion that hangs around Lana, and we’re left wondering which parts of her are real and what is a game. “I think that when you are that age, and you’re coming into your own sexuality and your own confidence, you do play around with it,” Sweeney says. “That was something that came naturally.”
Sweeney herself is also more than meets the eye. The 22-year-old is a trained MMA fighter, and counts a Ronda Rousey biopic as one of her dream roles. “I really fell in love with [MMA]. It’s a really cool skill and strength and power that I hold that many people, when they look at me, they’re like, ‘Yeah right,’ and I’m like, ‘Let’s go to a ring, I’ll fight you,’” she says.
In addition to spending time in a dojo, Sweeney is also a classically trained vocalist and self-proclaimed book nerd. While quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, she started a book club on Instagram. “I collect a lot of books and my dream one day is to have a giant library,” says Sweeney. “So I wanted to share my love for books and reading with people to kind of bring us all together right now.”
As for the second season of Euphoria, the pandemic has put production on hold. While Sweeney has enjoyed having a moment to rest and focus on self-care, she’s excited to reunite with the cast and get back to work. Though she can’t reveal too much of what we can expect from season 2, Sweeney promises we won’t be disappointed. “It’s going to be absolutely incredible,” she says.
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Here at Bustle we’ve long been obsessed with Sydney Sweeney’s performances. From Amy Adams’ troubled roommate in Sharp Objects, to the ill-fated Eden in The Handmaid’s Tale, and her breakout role as Cassie in Euphoria — the rising star lights up the small screen. But now we’ve found a new reason to love Sweeney: her incredible taste in books. The avid reader is launching a virtual book club, which we’re proud to partner with her on. Her first pick? Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends.
The YA novel follows two female best friends, James and Kat, throughout their senior year. There’s just one twist: by graduation the two are no longer speaking. Told in dual timelines that jump throughout the year, We Used to Be Friends charts the dissolution of their friendship. James is preparing to leave for college while Kat is exploring her sexuality. At first James is a rock for Kat as she embarks on her first-ever relationship with a woman, but when James’ high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce, everything changes. It’s a funny, honest, and incredibly fresh take on the only breakup more painful than a romantic one: the one with your best friend.
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