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It sounds like Universal Pictures is really looking for the highest level of A-list talent to headline their upcoming shared monster movie universe as a day after news broke that Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) was being courted for Bride Of Frankenstein, Variety has learned that global superstar Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) is currently in talks to star in Universal's reboot of The Mummy, subsequently lending a helping hand to Universal as they work toward launching their monster universe. Plot details are scarce, but the film has been confirmed to be set in present day, unlike the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy. This time around, rumor has it that the Mummy will most likely be a female, and that Cruise may be playing an ex-Navy seal. Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) is on-board to direct and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange; Passengers) is currently penning the script. Kurtzman will »
Variety reports that actor Tom Cruise is in talks to headline director Alex Kurtzman’s “The Mummy” reboot for Universal Pictures. 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 “The Mummy” in a shared cinematic universe.
Cruise is currently filming Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with director Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”). Cruise was also in negotiations to reteam with his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman for the sci-fi film, “Luna Park »
- J.B. Casas
Last week, a report surfaced that offered new insight into Universal Pictures' Monsters Shared Universe franchise, which is being lead by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. While last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" for this shared universe, the first full-fledged adventure will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which will start shooting in early 2016. Today we have a new report from Variety, which claims that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the Mummy reboot, although reps from both the studio and the actor tell Deadline that he is not in contention to star at all.
The Variety report claims that Tom Cruise won't produce, but he is expected to be involved in the development. Jon Spaihts (Passengers) is writing the screenplay, with director Alex Kurtzman also set to produce with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel. All of the characters in this monster universe, »
Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s reboot of the classic, “The Mummy,” an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day, while other plot details remain under wraps. Alex Kurtzman is on board to direct, while Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. Also Read: Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 6' A Universal spokesperson had no comment. The reboot is set for a March 24, 2017 release date, while the »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
Tom Cruise is in talks to join Universal's reboot of The Mummy. Sources say Universal has been looking for a big star to anchor the film, and is hoping Cruise will fill that role. Universal had no comment. Alex Kurtzman is helming the film, which will be set in present day and is set for release on March 24, 2017. Jon Spaihts wrote the script although plot details are being kept deep in the tomb. Kurtzman, Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel are producing. Universal's The Mummy is the first film in a series of interconnected monster films. Universal hopes to build a
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where 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. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.
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’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.
Universal’s executive VP of production »
- Justin Kroll
Last week, Universal Pictures unveiled new details about their Universal Monsters Shared Universe, which will officially kick off in 2017 with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. The end credits scene in last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" to this universe. One of the several other projects in development at Universal is a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the studio is eyeing Angelina Jolie to star as the title character. With Universal financing her latest directorial effort, By the Sea, the actress may be more inclined to star in Bride of Frankenstein, to return the favor for By the Sea, which has tanked at the box office, earning just $313,000 after two weeks in theaters.
Platige Films has announced that they have partnered up with the Sean Daniel Company (the upcoming Ben-hur remake) for a live-action movie based on Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher fantasy book series, which will be the first in a planned film series. The project already has a director in the form of Tomasz Bagiński, who helmed the 2002 animated short The Cathedral, and created cinematics for... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The Sean Daniel Company and Platige Films have announced plans for a film adaptation of "The Witcher," the Andrzej Sapkowski fictional work which inspired the popular and acclaimed video game series of the same name.
Oscar-nominated Tomasz Baginski ("The Cathedral"), who directed the opening cinematics for the first two games in the series, will helm the film based on a script by Thania St. John ("Grimm," "Chicago Fire") .
Specifically the story will be based on the short stories "The Witcher" and "Lesser Evil" from "The Last Wish" collection and will also serve as an introduction to Geralt the witcher, a nomadic monster hunter for hire.
The plans for the property are huge. The film is being tipped to serve as the beginning of a television and film series with the first movie set for a world premiere in 2017. Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Jarosław Sawko and Piotr Sikora will produce.
- Garth Franklin
The Sean Daniel Company (Sdc), an established American production company, has become Platige Films' official partner in the preparation of the production of a full-length feature film about Geralt the witcher, the hero of Andrzej Sapkowski's novels. The film will be based on themes from the short stories The Witcher and Lesser Evil from The Last Wish collection. Tomasz Bagiński, who had been nominated for an Oscar for his film, The Cathedral, will be the director.
Andrzej Sapkowski's novels are conquering international fantasy book markets and his short story collection, The Last Wish, had been placed on the New York Times bestseller list. The hero created by Sapkowski, Geralt the witcher, is a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds - the human and the magical. The Witcher saga is already being compared to the hugely popular Game of Thrones.
For the scope and scale of CD Projekt Red’s recently-released RPG masterclass Wild Hunt, there’s still plenty of lore buried within The Witcher IP, which itself links back to the adorned fantasy novels penned by Polish scribe Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s a resource-rich pool of all of the double-crossing bandits and powerful dynasties that the genre is celebrated for, and The Sean Daniel Company – production house behind The Mummy and Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake – is keen to mine that source material with a live-action adaptation of Sapkowski’s sprawling series.
News comes by way of an official press release from Sdc, with a tentative release date now in place for 2017. Remaining true to the roots of the property itself, the studio is primed to work in tandem with Polish production company Platige Films on the video-game-to-movie project, who has referenced HBO’s Game of Thrones as a model for success. »
- Michael Briers
Following what has been a successful early release strategy seen at other NBCUniversal properties, Syfy will debut the first episode of “The Expanse” online three weeks before it airs on television.
On Nov. 23, the first episode of the Thomas Jane-Steven Strait futuristic mystery drama will be available via Syfy On Demand, Syfy.com, the Syfy Now App, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Playstation, Xbox, Facebook and YouTube. Additionally, Twitch, Wikia, IGN, IMDb, Good Reads, Crave Online and Roku will host the series premiere with original custom content.
Syfy will then continue with its plan to give the Alcon series a two-night premiere on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.
“’The Expanse’ is the most ambitious series ever for Syfy, and early screenings are drawing high praise from critics and fans alike,” said Syfy president Dave Howe. “With its cinematic feel, compelling characters, intense action and universal themes, it’s important »
- Whitney Friedlander
Syfy’s 10-hour series The Expanse will debut its first episode on Monday, November 23 on VOD, TV Everywhere and digital platforms, three weeks ahead of its linear debut on the network. The series, from Alcon Television Group and The Sean Daniel Company, premieres on Syfy with a two-night premiere at 10 Pm Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15, and continues on Tuesdays at 10 Pm for the remainder of the season. Starting November 23 and available through the series'… »
Read More: Will MGM's Return to 'Ben-Hur' Stand Up to the Oscar Winner? Release date changes are always a cause for speculation, and while no specific reasons for this delay has been made, MGM and Paramount have confirmed that their "Ben-Hur" remake will be moved from February 26 to August 12, 2016. The change could be the result of a number of factors, from providing more time to work on special effects to realizing the potential blockbuster might play better in the summer movie season, though it could also indicate some trouble behind the scenes. The remake is directed by "Wanted" filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and has a screenplay by Keith Clarke, with revisions by Oscar winner and executive producer John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave"). The cast includes rising star Jack Huston in the titular role opposite Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro. Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin serve as producers, »
- Zack Sharf
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” both performed well in August so the studio likely believes that part of the summer summer is the best time to unspool a tentpole epic. The upcoming Olympics also provides an ideal advertising platform.
“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke, Roma Downey and Jason F. Brown.
- Dave McNary
Syfy is doubling down with “Childhood’s End” and “The Expanse,” setting the projects to premiere back-to-back on Dec. 14.
“Childhood’s End” is a six-hour event series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novel and deals with what happens after alien Overlords take over and promise to eliminate poverty, war and sickness — but what do they ultimately want from Earth? It has a cast that includes Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, Julian McMahon, Osy Ikhile and Colm Meaney.
It’s written and adapted by Matthew Graham, who exec produces along with Akiva Goldsman. Alissa Phillips is co-executive producer. It’s directed by Nick Hurran. The Universal Cable Productions series will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15 and 16.
- Whitney Friedlander
Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About” — for an April 15 release.
The studio also moved its untitled comedy, which had been starring Leslie Mann, out of that release slot with no new date set.
Megan Ellison is producing the baseball movie along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and the late Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”
The pic is the first film for Linklater following his Oscar-nominated family drama “Boyhood.”
Blake Jenner stars as a new pitcher on a highly ranked college baseball team that also parties extensively. Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell also star.
The movie — set in the 198os in Texas — has also been informally titled “Everybody Wants Some.” It’s Linklater’s second baseball comedy »
- Dave McNary
The paparazzi have been busy this year chasing stars filming in the Eternal City, as Hollywood has rediscovered Italy, making the country — and Rome’s storied Cinecitta Studios — a hot destination for foreign shoots.
Competitive tax breaks, a great euro-to-dollar exchange rate, and Italy’s depth of crew and craftsmen recently lured Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” as well as MGM and Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake, marking the first time in at least a decade that Cinecitta has hosted two big Hollywood productions. Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and the next James Bond installment, “Spectre,” have also shot in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Growing its production sector could be a shot in the arm for the nation’s ailing economy — after all, as former prime minister Giulio Andreotti famously said of an earlier epic film shoot, “ ‘Quo Vadis’ did more for Italy than the Marshall Plan.”
It was only a »
- Nick Vivarelli
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
If he had, he would know that all work and no play only makes him a dull boy — or, in the case of Monday’s episode, a boy who is hell-bent on taking a doctor hostage and tracking down a nuclear power plant in the middle of nowhere — oh, and getting a close shave in the bathroom of a rest stop.
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