Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
At their best, the classic Universal monster movies are masterpieces. At their worst, they remain fascinating windows into long-gone era. Taken together, they are an untouchable library of iconic characters, brilliant moments, and smart filmmakers making the absolute most out of what should have been schlock. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and the rest of their companions represent the high water mark of horror. Everything else chases them.
And Universal knows this. They know that their studio (currently nearing the end of a landmark year) was built on a foundation of horror movies. They know that these characters are a vital part of their legacy. They know that they’re due for a resurrection and have been taking their sweet time quietly constructing a series of reboots that will return the monsters to the screen. Now, details of how they’re approaching these reboots have begun to trickle out online, and it’s like watching someone handle precious relics – the people involved may be smart, but you’re still nervous as hell.
Read on for more details on the Universal monsters reboot.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Universal’s remake of The Mummy is set for a 2017 release date and is intended to help kick off an entire new cinematic universe starring the studio’s classic monsters. And while production has to begin soon-ish to hit that release date, the studio and director Alex Kurtzman still have a major decision left on their plate – the gender of the Mummy itself.
Yes, the star of the new Mummy movie may very well be woman, giving a big injection of estrogen into one of the great horror boys’ clubs. While we have raised a concerned eyebrow at much of the news coming out of these new Universal Monster movies, this one gets a tentative nod of approval. It’s certainly an interesting choice.
Everything you need to know about the Mummy remake and the rest of the new Monster Universe can be found after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Fred Topel
Limitless didn’t just become a TV series. It essentially became Limitless 2. Bradley Cooper appears in the pilot and his movie character, Eddie Morra, exists in this world. Morra is now running for president. The drug NZT has now fallen to Brian Sinclair (Jake McDorman), who uses it in conjunction with the FBI. When Brian has enhanced brain functions while taking NZT, he teams up with an FBI agent (Jennifer Carpenter) to use his powers as their resource.
The movie was adapted for television by Craig Sweeny, who’s joined by producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting/producing team behind movies like Transformers and Star Trek, and shows like Fringe and Alias. Kurtzman was alone at the Television Critics Association party over the summer, but I was able to get his undivided attention to ask about Limitless, the upcoming Mummy movie reboot he’s directing, and some of his other shows on CBS. Limitless premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 10PM on CBS. Hit the jump to read our Alex Kurtzman Limitless interview.
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Its been a while since we’re covered the short ends in the world of theme parks, so lets get to it. Here is what you can expect to see in today’s theme park bits:
- Beijing To build largest Universal Studios theme park
- See the first poster for Universal Studios Hollywood’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Watch a video and see photos to see how far along The Wizarding World of Harry Potter construction is.
- An Indiana Jones themed bar will open next week in Walt Disney World.
- Ariel photos of Avatar Land’s construction in Orlando.
- Star Wars themed shop “Watto’s Grotto” Opens At Hollywood Studios
- Walt’s Restaurant has been confirmed for Downtown Disney in Orlando
- See a video from rehearsals of Tangled: The Musical.
- Disneyland replaces their popcorn.
All that and more. Hit the jump to board the ride. (watch your step)
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Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Last year, Universal irked a lot of fans when head Donna Langley revealed the studio’s plan for the rebooted Universal Monsters franchise was to “take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre.” But those same fans may be able to breathe a bit easier now that director Alex Kurtzman has offered a clarification.
Kurtzman has promised “there definitely will be horror” in the upcoming films — including his own 2017 directorial effort The Mummy, which is expected to kick off the whole franchise. Read his Universal Monsters horror comments after the jump. Read More »
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Several major movies just got moved around by Universal Studios.
Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, which had already been pushed a few months, has moved from March 11, 2016 to June 10, 2016. Pacific Rim 2, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has been moved from April 7, 2017 to August 4, 2017. In addition, the new Mummy film has been moved up from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017.
This is after the studio gave us dates for Fast and Furious 8 and the two Fifty Shades sequels. Read more about the Warcraft release date change below. Read More »
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 »
We know that Universal is putting together a new set of Universal Monsters movies, with Alex Kurtzman and Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan as architects of the franchise series reboot. The first movie out of the gate will be a new version of The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman. Before that plan was fully in place, however, Universal had Dracula Untold ready to go. The film opens on October 10, and early reports out of junket screenings indicate that the film has been tweaked to feature a possible connection to the upcoming set of monster films. Read More »