On its opening weekend, Furious 7 grossed $392 million worldwide. That’s a jaw-dropping gross for a franchise that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Many figured an announcement of an eighth installment in the franchise would happen almost immediately. However, that was not the case. Star Vin Diesel seems confident in a sequel, even suggesting the franchise will go to New York. Another rumor says Eva Mendes‘ character, last scene as a cameo in Fast Five, could return. But don’t go buying your tickets just yet. Produce Neil Moritz says nothing has been settled about Fast and Furious 8, but it should be soon. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Even if you don’t read comic books you probably know comic creator Mark Millar from his many film adaptations such as Wanted, Kick-Ass and most recently Kingsman: The Secret Service. It seems like almost every Millar comic book gets optioned for the big screen these days, the last being Starlight, which has Star Wars spinoff screenwriter Gary Whitta work writing.
That a new Millar book would be immediately optioned is so obvious that the latest Millar comic Chrononauts, which was released just this week, featured a letter in the “letters to the editors” pages speculating about the possible feature film adaptation. And days later we learn a movie is indeed in the works at Universal. More details on the Chrononauts movie adaptation after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
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 »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
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 »
With a new script, a new release date, and a new plan for working around Paul Walker‘s passing, Fast & Furious 7 is finally getting ready to resume production.
Universal is gearing up to start filming again in Atlanta, where the high-speed actioner had been shooting before Walker’s death. More details on the shoot after the jump.
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Chris Morgan, the screenwriter behind most of the Fast and the Furious sequels, is now producing a new film for Universal. The studio with the richest horror movie legacy of all will make The Wolf’s Hour, based on a 1989 novel. The story is set in WWII, and sees the Allies using a lycanthrope to infiltrate occupied Paris in order to stop a Nazi attack on London. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Production on Fast & Furious 7 has been on indefinite hold since the death of star Paul Walker on November 30, but sooner or later Universal is going to have to decide how it wants to proceed. Today, we have word that they’re making some tentative progress in that direction.
According to a new report, writer Chris Morgan is working to revise the screenplay so that the film can use the footage of Walker that’s already been shot, while simultaneously retiring his cop character Brian O’Conner. If all goes well, the shoot could resume in late January. Hit the jump for the latest on this tough situation.
Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Germain Lussier
A significant step has finally been taken in the development of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to the days of high adventure. Universal Pictures has hired Andrea Berloff to write the screenplay for The Legend of Conan, the sword and sandal sequel which will continue the story from the Conan films of the 1980s. Berloff is best known for writing Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, but she also penned the American remake of Sleepless Night as well as a few other male-centric, in-development projects including the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. She’s a screenwriter on the verge of the big time. Read More »