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By all accounts, Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise is in trouble. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to become the record-breaking smash that the studio so desperately wanted it to be, members of the “brain trust” for the franchise, including Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, have voiced concerns about whether the ambitious plans for the series can remain on track.
Though The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has grossed around $705 million worldwide in theaters, certainly a terrific number, it’s the lowest-grossing Spidey film yet (yes, even the critically reviled Spider-Man 3 topped it). Additionally, it opened beneath the Captain America and X-Men sequels, which can’t have been reassuring to Sony. Now, we’re hearing that the film’s so-called “lackluster” opening (emphasis on the sarcastic quotes around that) may have caused Sony to hit the emergency brake on its planned Sinister Six movie.
Until we hear something from someone involved with the project, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Guillmero del Toro has stated several times that Frankenstein is his dream project. It's my dream to see him have his dream come true because I really want to see that movie! In a recent interview with Badass Digest the director talked about the project:
"If I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I'm going to a sabbatical of three years, just to write that. It's not something that's gonna just flow, like second nature. It's my favorite book in history.
"I would love to do [Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein]. Hopefully one day it coincides that Donna [Langley] wants to do it and I am not a chicken shit."
Universal Pictures needs to make this happen, and it's not something that is impossible. Writer and producer Alex Kurtzman is working on developing several Universal monster movie projects, and in an interview with Collider, he was asked if Del Toro could be a part of Frankenstein. »
- Joey Paur
The new promo art for Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" already revealed that war is coming, but what else is making its way to the supernaturally challenged town? The Pied Piper for one thing, and that's just the beginning...
During Fox's presentation to the Television Critics Association over the weekend, series co-creator Len Wiseman said that, along with the aforementioned Piper, we'll also see new twists on a wendigo creature, a succubus character, and "the kindred."
His fellow co-creator Alex Kurtzman added that these creatures will be a "manifestation of what our characters are actually going through. The inner demons are manifested as literal demons."
So that covers the demon part of our headline. What about the surprises? Executive producer Mark Goffman teased, "We're going to drop a few bombs in this season with Crane (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter) that neither of them could have ever prepared for."
- Debi Moore
The last month has brought some troubling updates on the future of the Amazing Spider-Man movie property. Both Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman – two members of the “brain trust” announced by Sony for future Amazing Spider-Man installments and/or spinoffs – recently admitted that they’re uncertain about the current game plan, especially when it concerns Amazing Spider-Man 3. In the meantime, we’ve speculated that Sinister Six will be the next Spider-Man film to hit theaters – and that could still prove to be true. The rumor mill, however, is suggesting otherwise.
Orci is currently putting together a script for the next Star Trek film (which he’s expected to direct), while last week Kurtzman said that “front and center” on his list of ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”) comes Sleepy Hollow, a thrilling mystery-adventure drama series spanning two and a half centuries. In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers. Fox is bringing Sleepy Hollow back to San Diego with an Oculus Rift fan experience. This virtual reality installation transports the user deep into the heart of Sleepy Hollow where the fans »
- Pietro Filipponi
This weekend, a very loose rumor circulated that Sony was canceling The Sinister Six as a potential spinoff to the troubled Amazing Spider-Man series. That would leave Sony with two (or more, or less!) direct follow-ups to The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as a spinoff featuring the character of Venom. It's unclear what would happen with those three other films. But The Sinister Six should have a leg up, given that much of the not-very-successful The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spent time teasing a villain free-for-all. Sony has made a number of dubious decisions regarding the Spider-Man films. Pulling the plug on The Sinister Six could very well be the worst. The Sinister Six has been linked to a potential January shoot, to be written and directed by Drew Goddard. It was recently revealed that it would definitely hit theaters before the Alex Kurtzman Venom. And it has been suggested as »
"Sleepy Hollow" returned for a victory lap at the 2014 TCA summer press tour, cementing its status as one of the few breakout hits of the last TV season and the only broadcast network series to hold a second season panel at the annual event. As such, the session was full of (minor) spoilers and if you still haven't caught up with season one or want to go into season two knowing absolutely nothing you should probably stop reading this right now. If you're still with us, here's a breakdown of the hottest topics addressed by series stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and John Noble and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman and Heather Kadin: Season two ups the stakes, considerably "War is coming to town," Orci teases. "Quite literally as personified by Mr. Noble [whose character was revealed to be the son of Ichabod Crane in a huge season finale twist]. War can tear not only a town apart but a family apart. »
- Geoff Berkshire
In the latest episode of “What's the Deal With Jeff Sneider,” TheWrap‘s film reporter breaks down Universal's decision to hire Chris Morgan (“Fast Five”) and Alex Kurtzman (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) as creative godfathers of the studio's universe of classic movie monsters, including Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy. The studio has high hopes for this series of genre films, which Sneider has dubbed the Ummu for Universal's Monster Movie Universe. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Jeff Sneider: Hollywood Looks to Barbie, Peeps Candy for New Movie Franchises (Video) While Sneider tips his cap to Morgan for pulling off a tricky balancing. »
- Jeff Sneider
Over the past week, a great deal of talk has centered on two men: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Formerly partners, the two split amicably a few months back to work on different projects. Before the split, however, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers were both attached to the Amazing Spider-Man and Universal Monsters […]
The post Alex Kurtzman Updates on ‘Spider-Man’ and Universal Monsters appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Spider-Man lives! Spider-Man does not live! Every day brings new news in the saga of the superhero movies no one seems to want. Sony's got four dinner meats ready to go into the stove, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, The Sinister Six and Venom. But is it really worth making all of them if their last dinner party was the least successful? If you ask Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman, they might just start with The Sinister Six. But no one has even bothered to turn the stove on quite yet. Speaking to Collider, Kurtzman confirmed that Sony is still exploring their options regarding the next Spider-Man adventure, though Venom, which he is directing, will come after The Sinister Six. He does drop one intriguing nugget in regards to The Sinister Six, an audacious reference point that will intrigue movie geeks. "I am a crazy fan »
Paramount Pictures is moving forward with The Ring 3 nine years after The Ring 2 disappointed so greatly. At the helm will be F. Javier Gutierrez who's also attached to direct The Crow reboot, which has had trouble getting off the ground. No word on whether or not Naomi Watts will return for another go 'round, but I highly doubt it considering the project is being targeted as a prequel. THR Speaking with MTV, Michael B. Jordan discussed the upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot in which he'll star as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and said: "We have been pretty much in our own world, that's really the only way we could get a project like this done. It is so massive, so many moving parts, so many moving pieces, things are changing every day...The script is evolving, you make on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing. »
- Brad Brevet
Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Dracula. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.
Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with Van Helsing and The Wolfman among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.
At the moment Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-man) and Chris Morgan (The Fast And The Furious) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is The Mummy, pencilled in for 2016.
So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Last week, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenwriter Roberto Orci confirmed that he’s no longer involved with the planned threequel to Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man universe, as well as suggesting that the studio’s plans for its Marvel franchise are “yet to be determined”, throwing into doubt those 2016 and 2018 release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4.
Well, Orci’s former writing partner – and director of the proposed Venom spin-off – Alex Kurtzman has echoed those thoughts, stating to Collider that: “[A date for The Amazing Spider-Man 3] is still in conversation. Everybody is still figuring it out. It’s all up for grabs right now. We’re just trying to figure it out. Venom will come after The Sinister Six, I think is the plan… Everything is still on the table right now. Because it’s a universe outside of the Spider-Man universe, even though it’s connected to it, [Venom and The Sinister Six] have to stand on their own. »
- Gary Collinson
Alex Kurtzman has been discussing Universal’s newly announced plans for a shared universe of classic movie monsters, and has outlined how he and co-writer Chris Morgan intend to go about bringing it to life. “Front and centre right now is Chris Morgan and I working on getting The Mummy off the ground and building up our Monster Universe,” says Kurtzman. “That’s where I’m spending my time.” “I think it’s incredibly important to all of us to start focusing on each movie, and make each movie great, rather than thinking, ‘Okay, we want...
- George Wales
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Roberto Orci had dropped out of scripting The Amazing Spider-Man 3, in the process hinting that things were up in the air a little on Sony's plans for a Spider-Man movie universe. The original plan was for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018, but at the very least, the latter won't be happening then. For Sony has got Drew Goddard attached to a Sinister Six spin-off movie, and Alex Kurtzman had been tapped to write and direct Venom.
So what's going on, and does the plan still hold, given that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't do quite the level of numbers Sony would have wanted? "Everybody is still figuring it out. It's all up for grabs »
(Cbr) Universal Pictures appears to be taking its cues from Marvel Studios for its planned revival of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Deadline reports the studio has enlisted Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee an interconnected Universal Monsters universe that will begin in April 2016 with the release of the reboot of "The Mummy." Roberto Orci, who split with longtime writing/producing partner Kurtzman earlier this year, hinted at such an interconnected approach in October, saying, “There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe.” Of course, the Universal Monsters previously crossed over in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," its sequel "House of Frankenstein," "House of Dracula" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
While promoting his upcoming CBS series Scorpion, writer-producer Alex Kurtzman also offered brief updates on Spider-Man spin-offs The Sinister Six and Venom, along with the Universal Pictures initiative he is working on to relaunch a classic monster franchise.
After his former writing/producing partner Roberto Orci parted ways with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 last week, he hinted that Sony Pictures isn't quite sure what they want to do with their Spider-Man franchise, which perhaps could be the result of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperforming at the box office and the negative response from fans and critics. When asked when The Amazing Spider-Man 3 may be hitting theaters, Alex Kurtzman had this to say.
"It's still in conversation. Everybody is still figuring it out. It's all up for grabs, right now. We're just trying to figure it out."
He also added that the Venom spin-off, which he is set to direct, »
Chong is a veteran of British TV, having starred in the likes of "Monroe," "Line of Duty," "Whitechapel" and "Doctor Who". She most recently appeared in "24: Live Another Day." [Source: Latino Review]
Alex Kurtzman has pretty much confirmed his old partner's comments from earlier this week that Sony remains undecided about the future of the Spider-Man franchise, namely its spin-offs, at the moment with everything still uncertain:
"Everybody is still figuring it out. It’s all up for grabs, right now. We’re just trying to figure it out. Everything is still on the table, right now. Because it’s a universe outside of the Spider-Man universe, even though it’s connected to it, those movies have to stand on their own. »
- Garth Franklin
Alex Kurtzman is undoubtedly one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, and his handle on major tentpole franchises has only grown since parting ways with longtime producing partner Roberto Orci. The two worked together on such films as Transformers, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cowboys & Aliens, Ender’s Game, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but will be shifting gears a bit for their upcoming projects.
Orci is reportedly not helping out with the expansive Spider-Man movie universe, which includes The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, as well as villain-centric spin-offs Venom and Sinister Six. Instead, he’s shepherding Star Trek 3 and overseeing the Power Rangers reboot, while Kurtzman sets his sights on a Universal Monsters shared movie universe and directing duties on Venom (and will serve as an “architect” for the rest of the Spidey-verse).
Kurtzman was recently interviewed by Collider, and talked a bit about both the Spider-Man »
- James Garcia
Just earlier today, Guillermo del Toro opened up a bit about the haunted house and ghosts in his forthcoming horror film Crimson Peak. And it sounds like he's keen on tackling something more familiar to horror audiences. Collider chatted with del Toro for a little chat, and this was before yesterday's news about Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan rebooting a bunch of the classic movie monsters at Universal Pictures, crafting them in a cohesive interconnected universe. The discussion turned to Frankenstein, and del Toro commented, "It's like the dream project so I'm a little, you know, I'm a chicken shit, you know?" Read on! In fact, Donna Langley, the head honcho at Universal right now has already approached him about directing the film. But del Toro is so passionate, that he doesn't want to be hasty about it, "If I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I’m »
- Ethan Anderton
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