Alex Kurtzman Will Direct ‘The Mummy’

Alex Kurtzman directing Mummy

Alex Kurtzman was going to direct his studio tentpole for Sony, in the form of the Venom spin-off movie. But recently he was announced as part of the team creating an “extended universe” of interconnected new films featuring Universal Monsters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy. Now Kurtzman is directing The Mummy for Universal, and so the monster movie (the Universal monster movie, that is) will be his next directorial effort. Read More »

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Legendary Pictures attempted to surprise the crowd at 2014 Comic Con with a teaser trailer announcing a King Kong-set film project Skull Island. We were given very little information about the project, but Monday we learned more about the writer developing the project and that Legendary has offered the movie to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. But we still don’t know what the film is about. Is the Skull Island movie adaptation based on a King Kong novel, or an original tale set in the King Kong universe? Or is it possible that Legendary Pictures is working hand in hand with Universal Studios theme parks on making a movie based on a theme park ride that hasn’t even been constructed? I’ll explore both of these questions and more, after the jump.

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Skull Island

Saturday afternoon at the end of Legendary Pictures’ Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Studio head Thomas Tull left the crowd with one last surprise — an announcement teaser for a King Kong prequel Skull Island. Instead of surprise and excitement, the crowd was left confused. That was definitely not the reaction that Legendary had intended. Why did the packed Hall H crowd have that reaction? I have a theory about the Skull Island confusion which you can read, after the jump.

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Skull Island Movie

At the end of the Legendary panel, studio head Thomas Tull returned to the stage to thank the fans and show off one last thing. The surprise is the announcement of a new King Kong movie titled Skull Island. Thomas Tull announced that they had “been tinkering around with one thing” and showed us some footage for a project that may be a long way out.

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Michael Mann has shot a new thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, which has most often been spoken of simply as the “Untitled Michael Mann Cyber-Thriller.” Now the film is called Blackhat (as foretold by a tweet not long ago) and Legendary debuted that title and a bit of footage today at Comic Con.

After the break, check out the first official still from Blackhat, and get some info on the film. Read More »

50 shades of grey trailer

It’s a big day for fans of the popular book 50 Shades of Grey. The trailer for the film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is now online. Finally, fans can see the erotic romance in live action, starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Check out the first 50 Shades of Grey trailer, along with some new stills, below. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro Crimson Peak Comic Con

Guillermo del Toro brought his own private haunted mansion to San Diego Comic-Con. One half of the Legendary Pictures booth is a snow covered gate with a huge brass family crest. The name above it? Crimson Peak. Inside in a very small, but detail filled, frightening experience designed by the man himself. Big family portraits are on the walls, the ceilings are cracked and in them you can see birds flying in the night. Two dresses from the film, each expertly detailed, bookend a shelf filled with trinkets that tell the story of the film, which opens October 16, 2015.

Below, see Crimson Peak photos from inside the exhibit and watch a video of our private tour, narrated by the man himself, Guillermo del Toro. Read More »

Edgar Wright on The World's End set

Even as we’re still talking about the backstory that led to Edgar Wright‘s abrupt departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man, it seems that Wright is pushing forward towards his next film. Reportedly, that project is likely to be Baby Driver, an original script from Wright that the director originally started talking about back in 2009. Back then, he called it “not an adaptation or anything, or a sequel to anything else.” After the Ant-Man kerfuffle, that probably seems incredibly appealing. Read More »

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