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Sudden Fear

3 December 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Joan Crawford controls every aspect of this glamorous, Oscar nominated noir about a murderous marriage double-cross. Good acting enlivens a by-the-book, gimmick-laden plot, with every moment designed to flatter the star.

Sudden Fear

Blu-ray

The Cohen Film Collection

1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / Street Date December 13, 2016 / 34.99

Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston, Touch Connors, Bess Flowers, Taylor Holmes, Lewis Martin, Arthur Space.

Cinematography Charles Lang

Film Editor Leon Barsha

Art Director Boris Leven

Original Music Elmer Bernstein

Written by Lenore Coffee, Robert Smith from a novel by Edna Sherry

Produced by Joseph Kaufman

Directed by David Miller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Joan Crawford movie Sudden Fear is an efficient and stylish thriller. Although it’s technically film noir, its story of a two-way murder frame-up is sublimated to the actress’s overpowering personality. It’s the first movie where Crawford was able to »

- Glenn Erickson

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Election Movies To Watch

8 November 2016 7:44 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness, »

- Cate Marquis

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Artist Alex Ross Reveals New Universal Monsters Artwork to Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

2 November 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Artist Alex Ross recently unveiled his stunning new Universal Monsters artwork, already giving San Diego Comic-Con attendees something to look forward to at next year's event.

"For film buffs, it’s hard to imagine Frankenstein without thinking of Boris Karloff or Dracula without Bela Lugosi. Now, artist Alex Ross has brought their iconic film roles to life!

...Alex Ross Fine Art is proud to announce the launch the Classic Universal Monsters Set. These icons of the monster horror genre were produced by Universal Studios during the 1920's throughout the 1950's.

Alex has painted the definitive versions of these stars of "Creature Features" and will premiere officially at the San Diego Comic Con in 2017. Alex painted these classics both in their original black and white and color tinted editions.

The Classic Universal Monsters set will include:

(Boris Karloff) Frankenstein -1931 (Bela Lugosi) Dracula-1931 (Elsa Lanchester) Bride of Frankenstein-1935 Creature from the Black Lagoon »

- Derek Anderson

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25 triumphant moments from the movies

30 October 2016 3:41 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Robert Keeling Nov 11, 2016

A salute to some of the finest uplifting moments in film, and to cinema's ability to lift your day.

A few weeks ago we published a list of traumatic moments that have appeared in family films. Of course we all enjoyed that waltz through painful childhood nightmare fuel, but the question was raised, why not do a list of slightly more positive and upbeat movie scenes instead? Thus, this: 25 of the most triumphant movie moments of all time. 

Everyone has that go-to feel-good movie which they stick on when life is getting them down. Had a bad week at work? Stick Four Weddings on. Football team lose 5-0 and get soaked through on your way home? Time for Baseketball. Leave a tenner in the pocket of your jeans that just went in the wash and thus suddenly realise that life is a never-ending cycle of pain and »

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Wolf Man reboot lands The Expendables' writer

14 October 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Oct 17, 2016

Universal hired a new writer to help bring The Wolf Man back to the screen...

It wasn’t the Wolf Man’s fault he walked so thorny, it was the screenwriter’s. Universal is rebooting its horror classics for a new generation. For the remake of the 1941 film The Wolf Man, which starred Lon Chaney Jr., they are handing over the wolfbane to Dave Callaham, who wrote the screenplays for The Expendables, Doom, Tell-Tale and the upcoming Zombieland 2

Callaham will be re-writing the first draft which was written by Aaron Guzikowski, who in turn wrote the screenplays for Prisoners and Friday The 13th. Callaham’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson was recently picked up to series by Amazon.

Universal hasn’t given away much as far as plot for The Wolf Man remake, but we know it’s about the stout-hearted Larry Talbot, heir to the Talbot family fortune and castle. »

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Halloween 2016: 31 Great Horror Movies Available on Amazon Prime This October

5 October 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For those of you with Amazon Prime benefits, you may or may not have realized just how many great, free horror movies the site’s streaming service has to offer for members (something I sadly didn’t realize until late last year myself). I recently spent a few hours combing through their entire library and came up with this list of 31 horror movies (spanning several different sub-genres) that are sure to make for fun and fright-filled ways to get you ready for Halloween.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, three scouts and one badass cocktail waitress will fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Box office superstar Tom Cruise ("A Few Good Men," "The Firm") stars in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Anne Rice's gothic novel. »

- Heather Wixson

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The Phantom Of The Opera – 1943 Version with Claude Rains Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

3 October 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“They’ve poisoned your mind against me. That’s why you’re afraid!”

The Phantom Of The Opera (1943) plays on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, October 8th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only and the film  will be introduced by Kmox Movie Reviewer Harry Hamm

1943’s Phantom Of The Opera is often criticized for straying too much from the original story, and for having too much focus on the opera. Monster kids have always felt that it’s too much Opera and not enough Phantom, but the heart of the story remains true to the classic story. A phantom (Claude Rains) stalks the Paris Opera House, and is attempting to get an opera starlet (Susanna Foster) into the spotlight. He murders and creates destruction to get his way. »

- Tom Stockman

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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 46 – George Bernard Shaw on Film

30 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw on Film.

About the films:

The hugely influential, Nobel Prize–winning critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw was notoriously reluctant to allow his writing to be adapted for the cinema. Yet thanks to the persistence of Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal, Shaw finally agreed to collaborate on a series of screen versions of his witty, socially minded plays, starting with the Oscar-winning Pygmalion. The three other films that resulted from this famed alliance, Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Androcles and the Lion, long overshadowed by the sensation of Pygmalion, are gathered here for the first time on DVD. These clever, handsomely mounted entertainments star »

- David Blakeslee

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How Animated ‘Phantom Boy’ Conjures a Superhero Noir Hybrid

21 July 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After nabbing an Oscar nomination for the delightful “A Cat in Paris” in 2012, the French team of Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol get more ambitious with “Phantom Boy” (July 22), combining an ethereal superhero with a wacky crime thriller. No wonder Gkids smartly grabbed distribution rights to this one as well.

Leo, a sensitive young New Yorker, undergoes treatment for a serious illness in a hospital, where he discovers the strange ability to leave his body for short periods of time and communicate with some of the unconscious patients. This invisible transport allows him to assist a wounded cop and female reporter in thwarting a mysterious villain from destabilizing the city with a computer virus.

“We prefer working in a context and setting that are realistic but with one fantasy element,” said Gagnol, who wrote the script. Felicioli provided the flat, angular, retro graphic design. “It’s a fantastical, dream image of New York, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Criterion Review: Here Comes Mr. Jordan

20 June 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Adapted from the stage play, Heaven Can Wait, Alexander Hall's 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan is notable mainly for its numerous remakes and its position as arguably the first supernatural comedy. Following his untimely demise, boxer Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery) is taken to heaven only to meet the eponymous angel Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), who agrees to find Joe a recently-deceased body in which to live out his life. Things are complicated, however, when Joe occupies the murdered body of Bruce Farnsworth, a roundly despised corporate tycoon whose possession by Pendleton diverts his tarnished legacy on to a better path.

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- CineVue UK

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ’10 Cloverfield Lane, ’45 Years,’ ‘La Chienne,’ and More

14 June 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same fictional universe as that film — although a friend asked if it’s secretly a Super 8 sequel, and, honestly, you could think of it as one without contradicting anything in either movie. Whether the Cloverfield name fills you with wariness or enthusiasm, it would be unwise to burden Dan Trachtenberg‘s film with such prejudices. – Dan S. (full review)

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Though highly accomplished, Weekend nevertheless suffered from a tendency towards commenting on itself as a gay issues film, which at times overrode the otherwise compelling realism. Despite treating material arguably even more underrepresented in cinema – senior relationships – Haigh avoids this same self-reflexive pitfall in 45 Years, pulling off an incisive and emotionally ensnaring tour de force. – Giovanni M.C. (full review)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)

A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection. – Criterion.com

La Chienne (Jean Renoir)

Jean Renoir’s ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion. – Criterion.com

Also Arriving This Week

Eddie the Eagle (review)

Hello, My Name is Doris (review)

Get a Job (review)

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Review: “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” (1941; Directed by Alexander Hall) ; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

13 June 2016 3:08 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“A Heavenly Beginning”

By Raymond Benson

They must have done something right. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) has proven to be a timeless and universal movie that keeps on giving, and the welcome new release from the Criterion Collection attests to it.

The premise of the film has been around for a while. Most of our generation know the remake better—Heaven Can Wait (1978, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie)—which is a superb Oscar-nominated romantic comedy in its own right. Another remake in 2001, Down to Earth, starred Chris Rock.

But that’s not all. It wasn’t until I’d viewed the supplements on the new disk that I appreciated the fact that Mr. Jordan was indeed the first of several Hollywood pictures dealing with “heavenly” concepts—angels, the afterlife, and second chances. In a video discussion, critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker/distributor Michael Schlesinger reveal how the picture’s popularity actually began a trend of similar movies throughout the 1940s—A Guy Named Joe, Angel on My Shoulder, A Matter of Life and Death, It’s a Wonderful Life, and even Mr. Jordan’s direct sequel, Down to Earth (1947, not to be confused with the Chris Rock remake), which features both James Gleason and Edward Everett Horton again playing their roles from the first movie.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan was a major release and surprise hit from Columbia Pictures, a studio that always struggled to be one of the majors despite having director Frank Capra on their team in the ‘30s. Critically and popularly acclaimed, the picture successfully blends fantasy, romance, comedy, and intrigue, creating a delightful, and sometimes thought-provoking, piece of entertainment. It was nominated for Best Picture of 1941, Best Director (Alexander Hall), Best Actor (Robert Montgomery), Best Supporting Actor (James Gleason, and he steals the movie!), and Best B&W Cinematography. The film deservedly won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story, for Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller.

The story concerns Joe Pendleton (enthusiastically played by Montgomery in a stretch from his usual sophisticated tuxedo-clad characters) as a prizefighter with a heavy New Jersey accent who crashes in his private plane. His soul is saved by the Messenger (Horton), an angel whose job is to escort to Heaven the departing souls from his “territory.” In the mist-filled outskirts of Heaven, Mr. Jordan (benevolently portrayed by Claude Rains), a sort of St. Peter in a three-piece suit, checks in the new souls as they board another plane to take them to their afterlife homes. But Joe’s soul was accidentally taken before his body actually died—and therefore Mr. Jordan grants Joe a second chance. However, his consciousness must be placed into a recently deceased person—so Joe winds up inside a rich, corrupt banker’s body. Joe, in his new persona, sets about turning the banker’s life around for good, and he also attempts to continue his prizefighting. For the latter, he calls in his former manager, Corkle (Gleason) to train him. First, though, he’s got to convince Corkle that he’s really Joe inside the new man’s form. To complicate things, Joe falls in love with the daughter (Evelyn Keyes) of a man the banker destroyed financially and sent to prison. Joe also doesn’t know it yet, but he will have to jump bodies one more time before the story plays out.

The comedy and romance work like a charm, and the fantasy elements of Mr. Jordan are surprisingly effective. The movie is intelligently written and treats its subject matter with respect; and yet it has fun with the mechanics of death and the philosophical discourse of what we think the afterlife really is. The audience is tricked, in a way, into pleasantly enjoying a movie about death. What happens to Joe Pendleton at the end isn’t the norm for a romantic comedy. Technically it’s not a happy ending—and yet, it is. It’s a feel-good movie with a bittersweet center. This is a testament to the quality of writing in Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

The new 2K digital restoration looks fabulous. It has an uncompressed, monaural soundtrack. Along with the aforementioned video conversation about the film, the supplements include a long audio interview with Elizabeth Montgomery (daughter of Robert Montgomery, and, yes, the star of Bewitched) about her father and the movie; the Lux Radio Theatre radio adaptation starring Cary Grant (who was originally approached to star in the film—one can only imagine what it would have been like with Grant), Rains, Keyes, and Gleason; and a trailer. An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme adorns the booklet.

A little gem from Hollywood released just prior to America’s entrance into World War II, Here Comes Mr. Jordan is a genuine classic, arguably superior to its many remakes and imitations. You will believe...

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan

6 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Here's a sterling example of what Hollywood excelled at back in the golden age: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains and Edward Everett Horton star in possibly the most magical of movies known as Film Blanc. A cosmic goof leaves a man with fifty years yet to live without a body -- so heavenly troubleshooters try to find him a new one. Here Comes Mr. Jordan Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 819 1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason. Cinematography Joseph Walker Art Direction Lionel Banks Film Editor Viola Lawrence Original Music Frederick Hollander Written by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller from the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall Produced by Everett Riskin Directed by Alexander Hall

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some movies are so entertaining that it's best to tell people, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Hollow Man

8 May 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our series on remakes continues with a movie which is ironic because it’s about a man who can’t be seen but in reality, it’s actually the movie which shouldn’t be seen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Hollow Man (2000).

The Hollow Man is a modern reimaging of the oft-copied Invisible Man story, first brought to the screen by Universal Studios in 1933. The story is based on H. G. Wells' famous science fiction novel “The Invisible Man”, published in 1897, which told the tale of a scientist who develops an invisibility serum and uses himself as a test subject, becoming both invisible and dangerously insane.

The 1933 classic The Invisible Man, which was part of Universal Studios cluster of successful horror film franchises, was directed by James Whale, who also directed Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. The 1933 version has an impressive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was selected »

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Russell Crowe Might Join Tom Cruise In 'The Mummy' and Play A Dr. Jekyll Type of Character

4 May 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The word in Hollywood right now is that Russell Crowe is in early talks to join Universal Pictures’ classic monsters universe alongside Tom Cruise in The Mummy. Crowe would play a Dr. Jekyll type of role. The Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. 

It is unclear whether this could lead to a future spinoff for Crowe. The only other undisclosed monster film might be The Invisible Man with Johnny Depp poised to play the role originated by Claude Rains

Alex Kurtzman is directing The Mummy from a screenplay written by Jon Spaihts. Details of the story are being kept under wraps. Universal recently tapped Kurtzman and Fast & Furious producer Chris Morgan to oversee their classic monster franchises such as Dracula, Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolfman and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Universal Dates Third Monster Movie for 2019

3 May 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following through on its promise to launch a monster movie universe, Universal has set a Feb. 15, 2019, release date for its third monster film.

The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”) and Chris Morgan (“Furious 7”) in November to revive its monster franchises such as the Mummy — which began shooting in April in the U.K. with Tom Cruise starring — along with other pictures centered on Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Invisible Man. The idea is to re-imagine the classic monster films for a modern audience and release them at a rate of one per year.

The Mummy” has been dated for June 9. Kurtzman is directing and producing alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. The film also stars Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari and Courtney B. Vance.

Earlier this year, Universal selected April 13, 2018, for its second monster movie but it has not yet provided details of that title. »

- Dave McNary

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Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)

6 March 2016 7:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Watching the final few episodes of “Downton Abbey,” including the series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t yet), brought to mind the accusation leveled at Rick, Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca,” by Claude Rains’ Captain Renault: “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that in this case, as series creator Julian Fellowes clearly exhibited an affection for his cast, and a desire to see them enjoy the equivalent of an uplifting ride into the sunset on this towering PBS drama.

Granted, the way of life represented in the series has been living on borrowed time for a while. And just as “Downton” began with the sinking of the Titanic and encompassed the tumult of World War I, the specter of World War II looms over the future of all these characters, or at least those likely to be around another 15 years or more. »

- Brian Lowry

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Johnny Depp Is "The Invisible Man"

10 February 2016 1:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Johnny Depp is set to star in the reboot of "The Invisible Man" at Universal Pictures.

H.G. Wells penned the classic novel which was the basis of the original 1933 film starred Claude Rains as the scientist who finds a way to become invisible for devious purposes.

Various screen adaptations of Wells' work have taken place over the years from the most faithful version with the 1984 BBC mini-series, to more elaborate cinematic spins such as John Carpenter's "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" and Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man".

The project currently has no director or writer attached, but is a part of the studio's attempt to build a new cinematic universe around its classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are spearheading that initiative which kicks off with "The Mummy" reboot starring Tom Cruise. That film opens June 2017.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Johnny Depp to star in The Invisible Man reboot

9 February 2016 10:45 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having brought in Tom Cruise a couple of weeks back to star in The Mummy, it looks like Universal are looking to go after Hollywood’s ‘big guns’ for their Monsters Universe, as Deadline are reporting that Johnny Depp has signed to star in The Invisible Man.

There’s no word yet on a director for the movie, but Alex Kurtzman (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is overseeing the whole universe and will direct The Mummy, which is set for release on June 9 2017. The Invisible Man will join Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Wolf Man before they all come together for a team-up movie, rumoured to be Van Helsing.

No word yet on whether Depp will play The Invisible Man, but it assumed he will.

Cruise and Depp are not the only big names on Universal’s hitlist, with Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron »

- Luke Owen

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Johnny Depp Is 'The Invisible Man' in Universal Monsters Universe

9 February 2016 6:55 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Universal Shared Monster Universe is coming together quite nicely, with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella set to star in their Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is set for release in the summer of 2017. Many have wondered what project will be next for this shared universe, and it seems we may now have our answer. Deadline is reporting that the studio has signed on Johnny Depp to star in their remake of The Invisible Man.

Back in November, we reported that Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, starting with the Mummy Reboot, which Alex Kurtzman is directing. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with the studio already setting a June 9, 2017 release date. The report also revealed that other movies centering on Dracula, Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are set to follow. There was a rumor last year that The Wolf Man »

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