Every time I write about Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters in a big shared universe that will allow the iconic monsters share adventures and what-not, I get a little apprehensive. After all, those original movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, etc.) are sacred ground. They are holy texts. These movies are a cornerstone my modern self. They’re my church.
And quite frankly, I have no idea what to make of The Mummy, the first entry in the new monsters universe. So much about this project sounds promising, but the very nature of it makes me antsy. And now, there’s another piece of news for everyone to wrap their brains around – Jake Johnson has joined the film’s increasingly interesting cast.
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Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Every cinematic shared universe begins with a single film, and for the prospective Universal Monsters franchise, that’s The Mummy. (Well, at one point it was Dracula Untold, but Universal seems perfectly happy to forget that one ever existed, and to let everyone else forget it too.) Which is why it’s so important for the studio to get it right. So far, things look reasonably promising.
They hired Alex Kurtzman to direct, and convinced Tom Cruise to lend his A-list star wattage as the leading man. They got Sofia Boutella to play the Mummy herself, adding an interesting gender-swapped wrinkle to the project. And now they’re starting to fill up some of the other roles. First up is Annabelle Wallis, probably best known from the U.K. TV series Peaky Blinders. Read More »
Months ago it was reported Tom Cruise was in negotiations to headline Universal’s third recent attempt to revive their classic monsters. Now, it’s been confirmed Cruise will indeed star in director Alex Kurtzman‘s (People Like Us) remake of The Mummy. Having an actor of Cruise’s caliber involved probably played a hand in the studio’s decision to open the tentpole film in the summer.
Learn more about the project and The Mummy release date after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
With Disney theme parks are currently undergoing their most radical changes in decades to accommodate new Star Wars-themed attractions, and you just know that their chief rival, Universal Studios, must have a few big plans up its sleeve. A new version of their massively popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Hollywood park is not enough. They’re going to need something completely new and fresh. The truth is that these two titans trying to one-up one another is the best possible thing for theme park fans – they do battle and we get to enjoy the fruits of their rivalry.
While we can’t say for sure what Universal is cooking up, new rumors have hit the internet suggesting that the West Coast version of their Revenge of the Mummy attraction may be closing down in the near future. In a completely unrelated rumor, the park may also be working on an attraction based on the upcoming animated film The Secret Life of Pets that utilizes that very nifty technology that hasn’t been seen in too many American theme parks yet.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s a tired habit to describe any reboot as “not your father’s [insert name of property here].” But we can definitively say that Alex Kurtzman‘s upcoming The Mummy will not be your father’s The Mummy. How do we know? Well, for starters, she’ll be a woman.
The really great part, though, is which woman she’ll be. Sofia Boutella, the scene-stealing henchwoman from this spring’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in talks to take the title role in The Mummy opposite Tom Cruise. More on The Mummy Sofia Boutella casting after the jump. Read More »
As you know, Universal is hoping to copy the Marvel Studios formula by launching their own cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots. And now it looks like they might have landed a major star for The Mummy reboot: Tom Cruise. More details in the possible Tom Cruise Mummy reboot, after the jump.
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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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