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Mason Thames to Star in High School Comedy ‘Incoming’ From Spyglass Media

Mason Thames to Star in High School Comedy ‘Incoming’ From Spyglass Media

Artists Road has landed rights to “Incoming,” a high school comedy starring “The Black Phone” actor Mason Thames. The company, a new joint venture specializing in funny films, is co-financing with Spyglass Media Group.

Dave and John Chernin, who have partnered on “The Mick” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” are writing and directing in their feature film debut. Production is expected to commence this summer. Artists Road and Spyglass landed the rights in a competitive situation.

“Incoming” follows four incoming freshmen as they navigate the terrors of adolescence at their first-ever high school party. Other than Thames, the cast has not been announced.

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” filmmaker Nick Stoller, who directed the upcoming raunchy comedy “Bros,” will produce with Conor Welch through his company Stoller Global Solutions. Additional producers include Artists Road’s principals, Todd Garner, Peter Principato, Ben Silverman and the company’s CEO, Mark Korshak.

Spyglass chairman and CEO, Gary Barber, and Peter Oillataguerre, president of production, are executive producing with Chris Stone, VP of production and development, and overseeing the project on behalf of Spyglass. Noah Nusinow is overseeing the production on behalf of Artists Road.

In the meantime, the Chernin brothers are currently executive producing a half hour comedy, “Stubs,” that’s in development at TBS.

Thames will next be seen in Universal Pictures’ upcoming supernatural horror film “The Black Phone” and the coming-of-age film “Boys of Summer.”

Artists Road is a joint venture formed by Spyglass Media Group, Propagate Content, Artists First Inc., and Off-Road Productions that is focused on producing moderately-budgeted film comedies. The company is currently in post-production on its first feature film, “Reunion,” starring Lil Rel Howery, Billy Magnussen, Nina Dobrev and Chace Crawford.

Dave and John Chernin are represented by WME and 3Arts. Thames is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Nick Stoller and Stoller Global Solutions are represented by UTA and attorney Bryan Wolf.

WME Signs ‘The Black Phone’ Star Mason Thames

WME Signs ‘The Black Phone’ Star Mason Thames

EXCLUSIVE: Mason Thames, who stars opposite Ethan Hawke in the upcoming Blumhouse/Universal film The Black Phone, has signed with WME for representation.

In the horror film from writer-director Scott Derrickson, Thames plays Finney, a 13-year-old boy who is abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement. Subsequently, he begins receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s past victims. Pic is set for worldwide release on June 24 and will become available for streaming on Peacock 45 days later.

Thames recently wrapped a lead role opposite Mel Gibson in David Henrie’s thriller Boys of Summer. The 15-year-old actor can also be seen on the Apple TV+ sci-fi series For All Mankind, and continues to be represented by Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

The Black Phone stars Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

The Black Phone stars Madeleine McGraw and Mason Thames once again encounter “The Grabber” in the “Horrors of Blumhouse” Haunted House at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights on October 8, 2022

Bring THE BLACK PHONE Home: And Take A Peek At The Bonus Features

Bring THE BLACK PHONE Home: And Take A Peek At The Bonus Features

Bring The Black Phone home (plus a slew of bonus features!)

Never talk to strangers. Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Boyhood, Training Day) stars in this disturbing thriller based on the short story by Joe Hill (“Locke & Key,” Horns) and from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson (SinisterDoctor Strange). Now available to own with captivating extras on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD. Exclusive bonus content includes deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, Derrickson’s short film Shadowprowler and a feature commentary by director, producer, co-writer Scott Derrickson.

The story focuses on Finney (Mason Thames), a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Hawke) and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. 

Take a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes bonus features, including Ethan Hawke and Co. discussing what it’s like working with Derrickson, Cargill and Hawke talking about inspiration and what it was like growing up with these “mythical” killers, and a behind-the-scenes tour of a fun set led by a… ghostly apparition.

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ETHAN HAWKE’S EVIL TURN – Dive deeper into the character of The Grabber and how Ethan Hawke was able to transform into this unnerving villain.

ANSWERING THE CALL: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BLACK PHONE – Take a behind-the-scenes look into the most pivotal elements of THE BLACK PHONE production, including adapting the story and achieving the vision of director Scott Derrickson.

DEVIL IN THE DESIGN – Explore how the intricacies of production design helped bring this film to life, from the set design, to costumes, to hair and makeup.

SUPER 8 SET – Cast and crew break down the decision to shoot the dream sequences on Super 8 film, and how that helped capture the aesthetic of the time period.

SHADOWPROWLER – A short film by Scott Derrickson


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From producer Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Get OutSplit), written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Dr. Strange) with Derrickson directing, starring Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, The House That Jack Built, Lost), James Ransone (It Chapter Two, Generation Kill), Mason Thames (For All Mankind, Walker) and Madeleine McGraw (Secrets of Sulpher Springs, A Christmas Wish). Check out our interview with Mason and Madeleine and a roundtable with The Black Phone’s Derrickson, Cargill, and Hill right here. More Black Phone calling in FANGORIA Volume 2 issue #14

FANGORIA’S January 2022 Newsstand Cover Hones in on THE BLACK PHONE

FANGORIA’S January 2022 Newsstand Cover Hones in on THE BLACK PHONE

Today, FANGORIA Magazine announced that the newsstand edition of their upcoming January 2022 issue will feature Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister, Doctor StrangeTHE BLACK PHONE, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story of the same name on its cover. With a screenplay penned by C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Doctor Strange), THE BLACK PHONE transports audiences back to the 1970s, as a young boy (Mason Thames) kidnapped by a child killer (played by Ethan Hawke) must decipher the clues he receives from the killer’s previous victims via a series of calls from a mysterious phone on the wall where he’s being held captive.

For FANGORIA Issue #14, the trio of Derrickson, Cargill, and Hill come together to discuss the making of THE BLACK PHONE, the power of nostalgia, and growing up during the unsafe times of the1970s. This latest edition of the long-running horror publication also features a look at the design process behind the instantly iconic mask in THE BLACK PHONE which was designed by FX legend Tom Savini and renowned FX artist Jason Baker.

FANGORIA is also ringing in the new year with a celebration of all things Scream, including a conversation between Radio Silence (Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Chad Villella, the filmmaking team behind the new Scream) and franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who discuss the intimidating challenge of revisiting Woodsboro. And in anticipation of the latest entry in the popular franchise, FANGORIA #14 looks back at the entire history of the Scream series, as well as the not-quite-real STAB films.

Other highlights from FANGORIA Magazine’s upcoming Winter 2022 issue include:

●           Lucky McKee on the 20th anniversary of May

●           A candid chat with CHUCKY star Devon Sawa as he reflects on his journey through the genre

●           A profile of acclaimed tattoo artist Paul Acker

●           A retrospective for 100TH ANNIVERSARY of F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU

●           Set visit reports from upcoming indies The Last Thing Mary Saw and Slapface

●           Costume designer Jolene Richardson sheds light on the career of Vera West, the (often uncredited) costume designer of the Universal Horror classics

●           The Best Deaths of 2021

●           A list of the 2022 FANGORIA Chainsaw Award nominees

●           New original art by Vanessa McKee and Spicy Donut (Devin Lawson)

●           And More!

FANGORIA #14 will arrive on newsstands in January 2022 and to celebrate the cover reveal,

Mason Thames And Nico Parker To Star In Universal’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Live-Action Adaptation

Mason Thames And Nico Parker To Star In Universal’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Live-Action Adaptation

Mason Thames and Nico Parker are set to star as Hiccup and Astrid in Universal’s live-action adaptation of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Dean DeBlois is directing the pic, which is set to bow on March 14, 2025.

The new pic will draw audiences deep into DreamWorks Animation’s imaginative lore. Working from a single narrative tapestry, the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless have captivated fans across three films that have grossed a combined $1.6 billion-plus.

Thames is coming off his breakout role in Universal’s The Black Phone, starring alongside Ethan Hawke. He segued into the lead role in the Artists Road/Spyglass feature Incoming. Directed by Dave and John Chernin, the comedy follows four incoming freshmen as they navigate the terrors of adolescence at their first-ever high school party. Thames next will be seen starring opposite Mel Gibson in Boys of Summer. He is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Goodman Genow Schenkman.

Parker played Sarah Miller in Season 1 of HBO’s The Last of Us opposite Pedro Pascal. She next will be seen starring opposite Woody Harrelson and Laura Linney in Laura Chinn’s Suncoast, which will be released by Searchlight. Her acting debut came as the lead in Disney’s Tim Burton-directed live-action adaptation of Dumbo, and she recently starred in HBO’s The Third Day, opposite Jude Law and Naomie Harris. Parker is repped by Curtis Brown and WME.

The original How to Train Your Dragon in 2010 introduced fans to the unlikely friendship of Hiccup, an adolescent Viking, and Toothless, a fearsome Night Fury dragon. Followed by sequels in 2014 and 2019 and based on the best-selling book series by Cressida Cowell, the franchise has received four Oscar nominations. Deblois also is writing and Marc Platt producing for Marc Platt Productions alongside Adam Siegel, President of Marc Platt Productions. VP Production Development Lexi Barta will oversee the film on behalf of the Studio.