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Over the past week, a great deal of talk has centered on two men: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Formerly partners, the two split amicably a few months back to work on different projects. Before the split, however, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers were both attached to the Amazing Spider-Man and Universal Monsters franchises. Then Orci moved onto Star Trek 3, said he was off Spider-Man, and Kurtzman gained Chris Morgan on his quest to expand the story of the Universal Monsters. Basically, there are a lot of moving parts to both sets of films, and we’ve been wondering how was it all going to work. Is Amazing Spider-Man 3 dead? What about Sinister Six and Venom? Which would come first? And what’s up with those Universal Monsters projects like The Mummy?

Lucky for us, Kurtzman and Orci also work on TV and that means they’re at the TCA Press Tour in Los Angeles this week. There, Kurtzman did his best to clear up a bit of what’s going on with both franchises, without revealing too much of course. Read More »

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It worked for Marvel and now Universal is hoping it works for their monsters. A new report says Universal Studios is in the early stages of creating “a substantial new production endeavor” which will “expand and unify” the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The initial architects of this endeavor are Alex Kurtzman, of Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man 2 fame, and Chris Morgan, who wrote the bulk of the Fast and Furious movies. Potentially, this means all of the above characters would get their own movies before teaming up for an Avengers-type finale. Read more about this possible Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe below. Read More »

Ouija trailer

We were just talking about board games being made into movies, and now here’s the trailer for Ouija. The horror film is based on Hasbro’s “spirit board” game, which allows people to interact with spirits via a board marked with letters, numbers, and words like “yes” and “no,” and a small planchette which is “guided” by spirits to spell out statements on the board. And while you may be surprised by this story concept, when someone in the film uses a Ouija board, they get in touch with something that turns out to be dangerous. Watch the Ouija trailer below. Read More »

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Even though the dinosaurs might eat you, Jurassic Park was always a place people wanted to visit. In Jurassic World, that’s exactly what happens. The 2015 release surmises that a fully functioning and safe dinosaur theme park has finally been opened for business…and people are bored of it. An attempt to satisfy that boredom with something new and exciting sets off the a frightening new chain of events.

A working theme park means many things. Merchandise, hotels, vacations and helpful brochures handed out at the gate to help people maneuver through the attractions. A fan has got their hands on the Jurassic World brochure. It not only gives some idea of what’s in the park, it probably hints at what’s going to go wrong there, too, come June 12, 2015. Finally, it teases a possible cameo by a late night TV host.  Read More »

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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

Locke and Key movie writer

The long-gestating Locke & Key adaptation is now taking another step forward. Albert Torres has just been hired to write the script, based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s hit comic book.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen remain on board to produce the project, which has been in the works for the better part of a decade at this point. Hit the jump for the latest updates.

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After the tragic death of star Paul Walker, the fate of Fast and Furious 7 was very much in doubt. Everyone knew Walker would want nothing more than the film to be finished, and the cast and crew pulled together to get the movie done. New cast members were added and a later release date was set. Finally, Fast and Furious 7 finished filming this week. It’s the same week, coincidentally, that the film was originally going to be released in theaters.

To mark the occasion, a note was put on the Fast and Furious Facebook page thanking fans for their kinds words and prayers. It’s a really nice tribute to Walker and the rest of the group. Read it below. Read More »

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The news of a Pacific Rim sequel came with good and bad details. That it’s happening at all is the biggest bit of good news. Guillermo del Toro‘s film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States but did well enough internationally to warrant a sequel. The downside is that fans will have to wait about three years to see the film. Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for release April 7, 2017.

In the meantime we’ll get two other del Toro movies as well as a nice, sizable appetizer in the Pacific Rim world. A Pacific Rim animated series is in the works. In a new interview, the producer/writer/director explained what the animated series might entail. He exampled how the story would be told and where it might air. Development is still in very early days, but the idea is to bridge the gap between the first and second movie in serialized form. The show is currently being shopped around. Read more about the Pacific Rim animated series below. Read More »

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