The Dune TV series destined for HBO Max, Dune: The Sisterhood, is going to need a new showrunner. Jon Spaihts, who wrote the script for the upcoming Dune movie from director Denis Villeneuve, was set to serve as showrunner for the tie-in TV series, but that’s no longer the case. Sources claim that Legendary TV was unsatisfied with the work Spaiths was doing on the show, but that doesn’t mean the writer’s time in the world of Dune is done – he’s still slated to pen the Dune sequel.
Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Jack Giroux
Next weekend, we’ll get a sense of how audiences feel about Universal’s Dark Universe. Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy gets the monster party started, but whether the world wants a world of gods and monsters, we’ll see soon enough. The movie is on track to make $40 million its opening weekend in the states, but with the power of Tom Cruise, it should perform even better overseas. If one thing seems for sure, it’s that Kurtzman’s film doesn’t lack scope, as a new behind-the-scenes featurette suggests.
Below, check out The Mummy featurette.
Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Jack Giroux
We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman‘s film (even if it’s his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.
Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.
Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Jack Giroux
Universal’s last Van Helsing movie didn’t do any favors for the monster hunter’s name, but the stench of that misfire is now long gone. While director Stephen Sommers made Helsing’s world largely ridiculous and low on scares, screenwriters Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival) are interested in grounding the character. As Heisserer recently put it, he wants to make Van Helsing someone with no extraordinary powers saving the day in a story that’s “as scary as possible.”
Below, read what else the Academy Award nominated screenwriter had to say about the new Van Helsing movie.
Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
It’s taken almost a decade for Passengers to hit the big screen. Now that the film is out in theaters, I thought we could discuss how the ending of the film failed its premise, and how the original Passengers ending from the screenplay was different from the final film.
Interview: Screenwriter Jon Spaihts Discusses The Long Road to ‘Passengers,’ Rooting Exposition in Character, and More
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Passengers was partially born out of a movie that was never made. The first script screenwriter Jon Spaihts sold was called Shadow 19, originally a Warner Bros. project that made Keanu Reeves and his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, want to continue working with Spaihts — which ultimately led to Passengers. Spaiht’s script was famously embraced by those who read it, but it went on to spend years and years in development.
Almost a decade after Passengers got started, the sci-fi romance has finally reached theaters with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in the starring roles. In the years since writing it, Spaihts has worked on plenty of high-profile projects, including Prometheus, Doctor Strange, and The Black Hole remake, but Passengers is his first completely original script to get produced.
We recently spoke with the screenwriter — who’s looking forward to making his directorial debut when he finds the time — about Passengers‘ many years in development, how the story evolved, a deleted scene he misses, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.
Interview: ‘Doctor Strange’ Screenwriter Jon Spaihts Discusses the Brilliant, Cocky, Swashbuckling Superhero
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.
The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.
We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.
Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Seven years ago the team behind TRON: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey, started working on a remake of The Black Hole. The screenwriter behind Passengers, Jon Spaihts, was later hired for a rewrite on the sci-fi project. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about Disney’s reimagining of Gary Nelson‘s 1979 film, but Spaihts recently informed us of the project’s current status.
Below, get the latest update on Black Hole remake.
Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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.
Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the Runaways, Mads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.
If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.