van helsing reboot

My good deed for the day is using an image of Peter Cushing instead of Hugh Jackman at the top of a news article concerning the in-the-works Van Helsing reboot. You’re welcome.

Today’s volley of Universal Monsters news comes from screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who is penning the next big screen outing of the infamous monster hunter alongside Eric Heisserer. Like next summer’s The Mummy, which Spaihts also wrote, the new Van Helsing will be set in a shared cinematic universe where the Wolf Man can brush shoulders with Dracula and the Mummy can meet Frankenstein. But until we actually see The Mummy, it’s not clear what these movies will actually feel like and whether or not they’ll be worthy successors to the original classics.

But Spaihts does say this much: don’t expect the new Van Helsing to be much like previous versions.

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the wolf man writer

Universal must be feeling pretty good about the upcoming remake of The Mummy that’s arriving next year because they keep on adding more names to their ever-expanding monsters universe. The latest person to have their name thrown into the ring is screenwriter David Callaham, who has been tasked with resurrecting The Wolf Man.

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javier bardem frankenstein

UPDATE: The chief question I proposed below has been answered by Variety’s Justin Kroll on Twitter:

The original article continues below.

If there was any doubt about whether or not Universal was viewing their new monsters cinematic universe as something that should be taken very seriously, just look at the talent they’ve been assembling: Tom Cruise will battle the title creature in The Mummy, Russell Crowe is playing a new version of Dr. Jekyll, Johnny Depp is on board to portray the Invisible Man, and Dwayne Johnson is rumored to be the top choice for the Wolf Man. Okay, so that last one is a little weird, but at least everyone loves The Rock.

And now, we can add another name to the mix: the great Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein.

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the mummy synopsis

I tend to sound like a broken record whenever I write about Universal‘s new slate of films that will unite all of their classic monster characters under one shared universe. I love the Universal monsters and think they are among the greatest figures in the history of cinema, but I remain unconvinced that a Marvel-style franchise is the best way to bring them back. Even with many talented folks working on these projects behind the scenes, it can’t help but smell…well, a little sweaty and a little desperate. But I will give anything to be wrong and for these new movies to be good.

And with that out of the way, it’s time to focus on the business at hand: the new synopsis for director Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming take on The Mummy, which stars Sofia Boutella as a new take on this iconic monster and Tom Cruise as her human nemesis.

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Universal Monsters Movie Dated for 2019

Universal Monsters

Universal’s upcoming slate just got a little bit spookier. The studio has locked down a 2019 release date for the third installment of its nascent Universal Monsters franchise, which kicks off in 2017 with a reboot of The Mummy and continues in 2018 with an as-yet-untitled film. In addition, they’ve also set aside a spring 2018 date for an unrelated R-rated comedy.  Read More »

the ring 3

2002’s The Ring was a genuinely unsettling experience, one that slowly dug itself under your skin and lingered there long after the credits had rolled. But its sequel, 2005’s The Ring Two, was nowhere near as effective. And now its threequel, Rings, seems to be struggling even to get to the theater. Originally slated for a 2015 opening, Rings has just been pushed back again, this time all the way to fall 2016.

Meanwhile, also shuffling up and down the release calendar are Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, which will arrive a smidge earlier than anticipated, and an as-yet-untitled Universal Monsters movie, which will drop a tiny bit later.  Read More »

Bride of Frankenstein

Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein reboot is slowly but surely making its way down the aisle. Spider-Man and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp has just been set to direct the new movie, which the studio is still hoping Angelina Jolie will direct and star in. Learn more about the new Bride of Frankenstein writer after the jump.  Read More »

the wolf man reboot

We have written about our trepidation over Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters several times now. Sure, the “shared universe” approach works wonders for the likes of Marvel, but is it really the right way to approach classic characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy? Do we need Van Helsing to brush shoulders with the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Will he have to endure jokes about Samuel L. Jackson showing up after the credits to recruit the monsters for a secret team? It’s enough to cause Universal monster fans to break out in an icy sweat.

But enough of that for now. These movies are happening! And while The Mummy is happening first, it looks like The Wolf Man reboot will be next in line. It has a release date and everything.

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the mummy remake

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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Universal Monsters

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 »