More Universal Monster Writers Confirmed

Universal Monsters franchise

It’s like something out of a mad scientist movie: Universal is building its own brain trust like a Frankenstein’s monster version of the Pixar brain trust. We know that two key players in this team are Chris Morgan (Fast/Furious) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), with Kurtzman writing and directing a new Mummy picture. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) was recently confirmed to be on board to write a new Wolfman movie. Now Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series creator/writer) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) are confirmed as part of the group as well. We’ve got more details on the evolving Universal Monsters franchise plan below.  Read More »

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Universal has been working hard to get a Marvel-style Monsters franchise off the ground. Their efforts kicked off this year with Dracula Untold, which included a hastily tacked-on epilogue to fit in with the rest of the universe, and will continue in 2016 with the Mummy reboot.

Now it looks like the Wolf Man could be the next to get a 21st century makeover. The studio is reportedly courting Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski to pen the script. More details on the Wolf Man reboot after the jump.

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James Wan Insidious 2

Briefly: The team behind Saw and Insidious both had their new horror movies moved around on the schedule today. Insidious Chapter 3, written and directed by Leigh Whannell, has been moved back one week to June 5, 2015. One year after that his partner in crime, James Wan, will release The Conjuring 2. The new Conjuring 2 release date is set for June 10, 2016.

Whannell wrote the first two Insidious films with Wan directing, before moving on with the franchise solo. In the interm, Wan went on and made Furious 7. The pair also co-created the Saw franchise. [Box Office Mojo]

sharknado

Thought shark-tornadoes were a ridiculous idea? Wait til we send them into outer space! Or at least, that’s what the artwork on the new Sharknado 3 seems to be saying. Also after the jump:

  • Tina Fey says it’s “too late” for a Mean Girls sequel
  • Bette Midler is totally up for a Hocus Pocus sequel
  • John Lasseter explains why they’re making Toy Story 4
  • Jason Statham is returning for a sequel to The Mechanic
  • The Transporter Legacy sets a summer release date
  • Rumors has it Sam Smith will sing the Bond 24 theme

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Evil Dead TV series

After years of rumor and speculation, we now know the future of the Evil Dead storyline, and Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are both involved. Starz has ordered ten episodes of an Evil Dead TV series — Campbell will star in Ash vs. Evil Dead, which will serve as the continuation of the three Raimi-directed Evil Dead films, which culminated with Army of Darkness. In other words, this is essentially Evil Dead 4, but as a five-hour TV series. Read More »

Starry Eyes clip

Starry Eyes is a great independent horror film that follows a young woman who goes further than she ever imagined possible in her quest for fame. Alexandra Essoe turns in a killer performance in the lead role, and we see her character Sarah go through real hell as she abandons all anchors to her past life in the pursuit of her dreams.

We’ve got an exclusive extended Starry Eyes clip, in which Sarah is invited for a meeting with her producer, and finds that she just might be in over her head. One unwelcome aspect to his overture is not entirely unexpected, but there’s a wrinkle that suggests Sarah is facing a weirder situation than most would be prepared for.  Read More »

Phantom of the Opera TV series

Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. But those who loved films like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children are probably going to perk up for this news of a new TV show. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of those films (among others) is now developing a Phantom of the Opera TV series for Endemol Studios. But this is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux rather than the musical derived from it. And with the period setting, Jeunet might have room to indulge his famously eye-catching visual style. Read More »

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That new shared Universal Monsters universe just got a bit larger. The Alex Kurtzman-directed Mummy reboot will still be released June 24, 2016. Now the studio has dated the second film in the series for the following year. Unfortunately, the studio isn’t yet saying which monster will be at the center of the new picture. Read more about the next Universal Monsters movie remake below. Read More »

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