Channing Tatum Van Helsing

Universal’s Dark Universe is off to an inauspicious start. This summer’s The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and headlined by Tom Cruise, has made nearly $390 million worldwide, but only $79 million in the United States. That’s a bit of a disappointment, considering it features one of the world’s biggest remaining movie stars. But the studio is doubling down on reaching out to big names in an attempt to keep the ball rolling, and the latest report indicates that they have their eye on Channing Tatum to play the latest incarnation of Van Helsing in the Dark Universe.
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alex kurtzman

It’s an age-old argument that directors fall back on: This movie is for the fans, not the critics.

Well, hate to break it to you, but critics are fans of movies too. And in the case of director Alex Kurtzman using this justification to defend his highly-reviled The Mummy, it seems like audiences aren’t too keen on it either.

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tom cruise killed the mummy

The Mummy was supposed to be the start of a new cinematic universe, and a new franchise for star Tom Cruise to notch onto his belt. But scathing reviews and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million seems to have killed it dead.

Of course, as it happens with mega-blockbusters like The Mummy, the Hollywood blame game has started and all signs point to Cruise. Apparently, Cruise’s excessive control of the movie changed the story almost completely, resulting in the mess that became The Mummy, a movie that thinks Cruise is “a young man.”

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The Mummy easter egg

Universal’s The Mummy is out in theaters right now and kicks off the studio’s planned “Dark Universe” of Marvel-style interconnected films, but it looks like it contains an easter egg that doesn’t have anything to do with setting up future movies. This specific shout-out pays tribute to director Stephen Sommers’ 1999 take on The Mummy that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Read on about where to spot The Mummy easter egg if you decide to see the film this weekend.
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This Friday, Universal’s The Mummy will launch the studio’s Dark Universe, a shared cinematic universe of classic movie monsters. And while at least four more monster movie reboots have already been planned, Universal has announced two new monsters to be added to the roster — as well as one familiar name that will be coming back.

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Universal’s Dark Universe feels like gamble. What if audiences don’t embrace The Mummy? What if their burgeoning cinematic universe built around classic monsters like Frankenstein and the Invisible Man dies on the vine? We’ll see which direction the wind blows in the weeks ahead, but with a Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein waiting in the wings and more movies in the works, Universal seems to be counting on this thing working out.

However, the most interesting thing to note from a new article about the creation of Dark Universe is that not every film will be a giant tentpole release. In fact, a producer who specializes in low-budget horror wants to take a stab at one of the movies.

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the mummy clip

Earlier this week, Universal threw down the gauntlet. Their new classic monsters cinematic universe was rechristened Dark Universe and next month’s The Mummy will officially be followed by Bride of Frankenstein in 2019. They’re going all-in on a new franchise built around iconic characters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and more.

There’s only one hiccup: the first movie in the Dark Universe hasn’t even opened yet and no one has any idea how audiences will react. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see how things work out for everyone, but Universal has officially moved into marketing overdrive with The Mummy, as a new clip, a new featurette, and a new poster have arrived to remind people of this movie’s existence.

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As of now, Aquaman is the only DC Comics movie that’s set to go into production for Warner Bros. Pictures this year. However, with a full slate of films announced to be in development, the studio is hoping to get at least one more film in the DC Expanded Universe going in 2017. Since The Batman is now delayed, there are five other possibilities, but which one will get the green light? Let’s sort through our options.
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Justice League Dark Doug Liman

Justice League Dark is finally happening. Doug Liman has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ DC adaptation. Scott Rudin will produce, and Michael Gilio will write the screenplay. If you’ve got a bit of déjà vu that may be because Liman was recently linked to another superhero project, 20th Century Fox’s Gambit. As you’ve probably guessed, he’s not making that one anymore.

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justice league dark casting rumors

The mere fact that a Suicide Squad movie is coming out next year is proof that Warner Bros. isn’t afraid to dip its toe into the weirder corners of the DC comic book world. And that’s great news because the weirder corners of the DC universe are where the best characters tend to hang out. Forget about Batman and Superman and their dawn of justice – let’s see the dark and magical likes of John Constantine and Deadman and Swamp Thing and Zantana team up on the big screen.

While we’re bummed that Justice League Dark will no longer be a Guillermo del Toro joint, we’re excited that it’s still in the works and is still utilizing many of the characters and concepts from del Toro’s screenplay. The film is far enough along in development that the names of certain actors and actresses are starting to come crawling out of the rumor mill. So who’s in contention for Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Madame Xanadu? And who apparently the frontrunner to play villain Anton Arcane? Let’s dive in.

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