Cinematic universes are all the rage right now.
Which is why it was met with little surprise — but much chagrin — when Universal Studios announced their plans to create a movie franchise out of classic monster movie reboots. Another cinematic universe? Haven’t we had enough interconnected franchises, with Marvel and DC at each other’s throats over superhero sequels, Warner Bros creating their own MonsterVerse with Godzilla and King Kong, and whatever the heck is going on with that Man in Black/21 Jump Street crossover?
But producer Chris Morgan, one of the minds behind the whole Universal Monsters operation, assures audiences that Universal’s movie universe will be as different from the MCU and DCEU as possible.
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Last year it was revealed that Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan was teaming with screenwriter/director Alex Kurtzman to design a Universal Monsters cinematic universe. The plan was to reboot the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, each with their own movies leading to an Avengers-type film that would bring them all together.
The trailer for the first film in the series, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, was released over the weekend, giving us a first look at the Universal Monster movie universe. I had the opportunity to talk with director Alex Kurtzman about the creation of this world, what their intentions are, how they hope to bring it all together and more. Please note the headline comparison to Marvel is my own, not Kurtzman’s. Although I think its obvious that Kurtzman’s opinion on building a cinematic movie universe seem to closely reflect Marvel Studios’ own philosophies and approach.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Tom Cruise starring in the upcoming remake of The Mummy was no fluke – Universal is really going after some of the biggest movie stars in the world to headline their new slate of classic monster revivals. Johnny Depp has signed on the dotted line to star in the studio’s remake on The Invisible Man, which will cast the Pirates of the Caribbean star and wacky hat enthusiast as a scientist who creates a formula that turns him invisible…and transforms him into a psychotic murderer.
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Universal has had a little trouble bringing their classic monsters back to life. Neither The Wolfman nor Dracula Untold made kids excited about the return of these icons. But Universal’s current plan is to create a world similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if that happens, there’s a few directors we’d like to see take a crack at these monsters.
Read more after the jump.
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These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.
Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.
White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.
After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »
One of the most-exploited pulp characters in film history is the Invisible Man, inspired by an 1897 story penned by H.G. Wells. The 1933 The Invisible Man directed by James Whale and starring Claude Rains remains the most enduring screen vision of the character, but there are dozens of other films that either adapt Wells’ story or are heavily inspired by it.
The next might be from the pen of David Goyer (Man of Steel, plus the Blade and Christopher Nolan Batman films) who announced his version in 2007. He now says his script is inspired by the pulpy action/comedy tone of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Read More »
If you’re a fan of Universal Monsters, you might need to change you pants after you see this work by Kevin Tong and Martin Ansin. They’re the artists behind the latest posters from Mondo and their interpretations of The Invisible Man and The Mummy are gorgeous. Versions of these posters first went on sale (and sold out) at the Mondo booth at Comic Con and now you all have a chance to get them starting Thursday, August 11. Check out the full posters and specs after the jump. Read More »