Universal has a plan to reboot its Universal Monsters characters, and it shouldn’t even come as a big surprise: the monsters will anchor action/adventure movies, not horror films. That’s the angle we knew the studio was planning with the new Mummy movie, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman. They’ve done this before, with the last Mummy franchise, and it was a success. (For a while.) They tried it with Van Helsing, which was a joke of a movie. But the Fast/Furious model seems too good to ditch now, and so the “horror” part of these monster movies is being pitched in the bin.
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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 »
The upcoming Universal Monsters reboots are by far some of the most controversial reboots. Not just because Hollywood is reusing these characters again – they’ve been doing that for decades – it’s the way it’s happening. Upcoming movies featuring (we assume) the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and others will all share a universe, leading into a massive team up movie of some sort.
The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, will be the first full film in this grand scheme. (Dracula Untold was retroactively fit in.) It’s currently scheduled for release June 24, 2016, Jon Spaiths wrote the script and Chris Morgan is producing, as he’s co-creating the universe with Kurtzman. Beyond that, we know very little. Now a site claims to have knowledge of the new Mummy movie and has released the first plot details. Read the rumored plot details of The Mummy below. Read More »
As great a character as Spider-Man is, his villains are often just as interesting. That’s one of the many reasons Sony is moving ahead with a Sinister Six film before they get back to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They’re also moving forward with a solo film for one of Spidey’s most popular villains, Venom. That one will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, but we don’t know much about it other than that it is happening.
In a new interview, the director gave an updating saying Ed Solomon will start writing the script soon, and that choosing which character would be under the suit in the film hasn’t been an easy decision. Read the Alex Kurtzman Venom quotes below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Venom may have a few things in common with Spider-Man, but for Venom writer/director Alex Kurtzman, the appeal of the character lies in what sets him apart. Namely, the fact that he’s a “much darker” personality than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Hit the jump to read his comments on what makes Venom — and the Spider-Man universe itself — so special.
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It’s been 20 years since Neil Jordan’s film version of Interview With the Vampire saw Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt sucking blood, and now Universal is getting back into monsters in a big way. Not only are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan spearheading a relaunch of the old Universal Monsters line, beginning with a new Mummy movie, the studio has snapped up rights to all of Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles books.
So the whole 13-book series starting with Interview With the Vampire and ending with the forthcoming Prince Lestat novel, and the screenplay for Tales of the Body Thief, adapted by Rice’s son Christopher Rice, all belong to Universal for the time being. Read about plans for new Anne Rice vampire movies below. Read More »
There’s some big movement going on in the Spider-Man series at Sony as the studio preps a new female-led film based around a Spider-Man character. While we don’t know which character will lead that film, there are two other Spidey spin-offs reportedly still in the works at the studio. One is Sinister Six, which Drew Goddard is scheduled to make for a 2016 release date. And the other movie is a Venom spin-off which now reportedly carries the title Venom Carnage. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Universal’s plans to kick-start a new Universal Monsters franchise will have to wait just a little bit longer. The studio has delayed The Mummy release date by a few months, making room for the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel The Huntsman as previously reported.
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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 »