4 items from 2016
"Zoolander 2" opens next week, and given it's arriving fifteen years after the original, people are spending a lot of time reflecting how that first movie was a troubled production that died at the box office and didn't gain its cultural relevance until it landed on home video. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 In a recent piece by Esquire, the magazine notes that the initial read-through of the "Zoolander" script was so bad, the studio brought in another writer and considered getting Brendan Fraser to play the lead. Thankfully, that didn't happen, but Paramount wasn't exactly on Stiller's side either, and when the movie went $6 million over budget, he was forced to hand over $1 million of his own movie so he could finish the film. (That's not to mention that Paramount had to pay a settlement to Bret Easton Ellis, because the movie's plot was somewhat similar to his novel "Glamorama"). “Honestly, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Conflicting reports may have raised question marks over Tom Cruise’s actual involvement in Universal’s upcoming The Mummy reboot, but today the studio has secured the Mission: Impossible stalwart for the monster movie with a new release date to boot.
Previously slated to open on March 24, 2017, Alex Kurtzman’s reimagining will now loom into theaters in all of its mythic glory on June 9, 2017. That’s almost a full year after the film’s original release date of June 24, 2016, which has been shuffled around as Universal maps out the formative entries into its budding ‘Universal Monsters’ shared universe.
Working from a script produced by Prometheus‘ Jon Spaihts, word is that The Mummy of 2017 will be set in the present day, tackling the ancient Egyptian lore from a different angle entirely than the Brendan Fraser-fronted adventure flicks. Much like previous reports had suggested, Spaihts and Kurtzman have selected a female »
- Michael Briers
Pic was originally set to bow on Mar. 24, 2017.
The studio tapped Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal in which its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel.
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other »
- Justin Kroll
Universal has pushed “The Mummy” remake starring Tom Cruise back 11 weeks, from its initial release on March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017. Sofia Boutella joined the cast of the Alex Kurtzman-directed film in December. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day. Other plot details remain under wraps. Also Read: 'Star Trek 3' Actress Sofia Boutella to Play The Mummy Opposite Tom Cruise Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. The film is set to be the first in a series of monster movies. The studio hopes to build a. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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