Following the viral hit of the short film Portal: No Escape, Universal Pictures and screenwriter-turned-producer Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) quickly acquired Dan Trachtenberg‘s  time travel action heist film Crime of the Century. Trachtenberg has been actively developing the idea into a movie since the 2011 acquisition with screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), while trying to get a Y: The Last Man movie adaptation off the ground at New Line and finally getting a greenlight with the mysterious Bad Robot film Valencia.

Now it seems like the heat is back on at Universal to get Crime of the Century into production, and the studio has hired screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who recently wrote The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle for Warner Bros. Find out more about the project and the new Crime of the Century writer, after the jump.

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Neil Armstrong Biopic Coming From ‘Whiplash’ Helmer

Neil Armstrong biopic

Damien Chazelle, who made quite a splash at this year’s Sundance with the drummer drama Whiplash, may have found his next high-profile gig. The director is in talks to helm First Man, Universal’s biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) will write the script. More about the Neil Armstrong biopic after the jump.

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Ouija

Board game movies aren’t quite as common now as we might have guessed a few years ago, when Hasbro put about a million of them into development. But they aren’t entirely dead. There’s one coming this fall based on the slumber party staple Ouija, from Knowing writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White.

While that admittedly sounds terrible in theory, the new Ouija trailer offers hope that it could be quite a bit better than the phrase “board game movie” would suggest. Watch the Ouija trailer after the jump.

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Fast and Furious 7 Images
Vin Diesel has posted a couple new Fast and Furious 7 images on Facebook. He has also seen the first trailer for the new sequel, and reports:

Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7… Speechless… yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE! I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet… we all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come.

Hit the jump to see the new Fast and Furious 7 images, along with the previously released photos.

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Legendary Pictures has been trying to mount The Great Wall for sometime and now they might just have the two men to do it. Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston are in talks to star in the Zhang Yimou directed period epic which will “reveal the legend behind a great mystery of our age: why this magnificent structure came to be.”

Edward Zwick was originally going to direct the film with Henry Cavill, but it never quite came together. A new script by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) seems to have put thing back in motion though. Read more about The Great Wall movie below. Read More »

East Dock Road Sign From Jurassic Park

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has tweeted a new photo teasing the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel. The new photo is another call back to the original Steven Spielberg film, showing the old East Dock sign on Isla Nublar. Hit the jump to see the new Jurassic World photo.

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noah hawley universal monsters

Noah Hawley is a pretty busy guy. He just shared an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries awarded for the first season of Fargo, and he’s now in the thick of setting up the second season. (Many more details on Fargo season two are here.) And his novel Before the Fall has been picked up by Sony, and Hawley will script and produce a film adaptation. But there’s also something unexpected coming from him right now: a script for one of Universal’s new revivals of its Universal Monsters line. Read More »

Liam Neeson tell no one

If there are two things Liam Neeson does really well, it’s chase after missing people and kill bad guys. The former will be put to good use in Neeson’s latest new project Tell No One, in which he’ll play a man whose supposedly murdered wife may still be alive after all.

Meanwhile, the latter talent is celebrated in a “Liam Neeson Kill Map,” charting all the people he’s murdered onscreen over the years. After the jump, get details on the Liam Neeson Tell No One casting, get an eyeful of the Liam Neeson Kill Map, and learn all about his new script with Bono. Yes, that Bono.

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