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 »
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This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.
Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »
Over the past decade, the name pairing “Kurtzman and Orci” has become a loaded phrase: it connotes blockbuster-sized sci-fi and superhero properties which often make loads of dough, but which aren’t always realized in a manner that fans love. Now Kurtzman and Orci are breaking up their big-screen writing and producing partnership so that each can focus on directing. More important, however, is that Roberto Orci is now working hard to take the director’s chair of Star Trek 3.
Update: Word has hit that Orci has progressed a bit further in the process, and is now in early talks to direct. More below.
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Robert Rodriguez‘s TV channel, the El Rey Network, is kicking off with a bang. It has the new adaptation/remake of From Dusk Till Dawn, for one. It also has a new show from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers, in development. Now, the full details on that show have been revealed.
It’s called Matador, and is about a famous soccer player who leads a double life also a CIA agent. Filming starts in March, with Rodriguez at the helm, and it’ll debut July 2014. Read the full press release below, as well as info on a new series called El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair. Read More »
You know that little thing about Sony developing other characters related to Spider-Man? It’s far bigger than you thought. The studio just announced the Venom movie that has been rumored for years, and a Sinister Six film as well. That’s right — unlike some other studio approaches, when it comes to Spider-Man and Sony, the spin-off films are for the bad guys. That’s pretty wild.
To make these movies a creative “brain trust” has been formed, including Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. Together they will collaboratively develop these films as a linked set of projects.
More details are below.
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Briefly: The band is breaking up, at least for one performance. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been a screenwriting and producing team, sometimes with help, for the first two films in the new Star Trek series. But Kurtzman will reportedly sit out the scripting of Star Trek 3, with Orci getting new input from J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Read More »
Though each of the classic Universal monster movies (starting with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy) stands alone, by the time producers were done with all the characters, some had started to cross over into one another’s films. So it’s no surprise to hear that there are ideas for a Marvel Studios-style “monsters universe” at Universal now.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been working on two monster-releated reboots for Universal: The Mummy and Van Helsing. Now Orci explains that, in coming up with ideas for each, the notion of “a universe” has started to sprout. Read More »
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Sony must be happy with how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is turning out because they’re bringing back the credited writing team for the third film. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a release date of June 10, 2016. Andrew Garfield will return for sure, and the studio apparently wants director Marc Webb to come back too. There’s no word on the villains, but with so many appearing in next summer’s sequel, odds are we’ll see one or two of them back. (Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Dane DeHaan or Chris Cooper as Green Goblin?) There’s also been talk these Spider-Man films are leading to the formation of the Sinister Six. Read More »