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Shared cinematic universes are all the rage now; and even the monsters are getting in on the act. Universal Studios confirms what has been rumored for a year now. There will be a unified film universe for the iconic movie monsters and Dracula Untold is the first volley in the game.
History is repeating itself. Back in 1931, Dracula (Starring Bela Lugosi) became a monster hit (pun intended) for Universal Studios and ushered in a slate of successful monsters franchises—Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. These monsters eventually segued into the first-ever shared cinematic universe. (Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman; the House of Frankenstein; the House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein). Fast forward 83 years and once again, that Transylvanian blood-drinker is the first entrant in a shared monster-verse.
We’ve heard unofficially for months now that Universal Studios is »
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This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Dracula Untold scared up a surprisingly strong opening weekend at the global box office, but is it the launch of Universal's revived monsters franchise? Depends on whom you ask. In July, the studio announced plans for an Avengers-style universe based on its collection of iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) were hired to oversee the franchise, which would relaunch with The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman for
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• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. »
- C. Molly Smith
Most of the original cast is returning for the continuation of this heist saga, with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine set to reprise their roles.
Jon M. Chu will direct the magic-themed follow-up, produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, two of the driving forces behind The Amazing Spider-Man and Star Trek franchises. Bobby Cohen is also on as a producer, with the screenplay coming from Bill & Ted 3 scribe Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli.
On tonight's episode of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) will tangle with a demonic take on the Pied Piper. Presumably, our heroes will best the beast before the hour is over. But even if they do, they'll still have to tangle with season two's true Big Bad: Henry Parrish, a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse, a.k.a. Ichabod and Katrina's long-lost son. As played by John Noble, he's a deliciously wicked foil for the two Witnesses—especially when he's slinking around Sleepy Hollow pretending to be an innocent lawyer. EW caught up »
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It was recently announced that Dracula Untold would be joining Universal's realm of classic movie monsters that Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are developing. While the next film in that shared universe, The Mummy, won't be hitting theaters until April 22, 2016, a scene was tacked onto the end of Dracula Untold to begin to tie everything together. For those of you who plan on avoiding spoilers, this won't really tell you much you probably couldn't surmise for yourself, but look away! »
- Sean Wist
From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
A new report suggests Sony is rebooting Spider-Man, delaying Sinister Six and talking to Marvel about Spidey joining The Avengers. Crikey.
When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brought home less money than its predecessor, at a point where the trend for superhero sequels is upwards, Sony knew that it had a problem. As such, it removed The Amazing Spider-Man 4 from its schedule, and pressed ahead instead with plans for Sinister Six and Venom movies, attracting the likes of Drew Goddard and Alex Kurtzman to write and direct. Furthermore, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was put back to 2018.
However, a trip to the drawing board is now looking likely. A new report suggests that Sony is will use the Sinister Six movie, which is still planned to bring in a new Spider-Man. So bye bye Andrew Garfield if that's the case. Furthermore, it's abandoned the release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, »
Although the Amazing Spider-Man movies may be earning the big bucks, the series has been struggling creatively. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earned mixed-to-negative reviews back in May, and Sony has since shifted their plans for the Wall-Crawler.s cinematic universe. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been delayed until 2018, and Spidey.s rogues gallery will band together sooner than anticipated when Sinister Six is released in 2016. Although Sony also has a solo female spinoff planned, it.s clear they're having trouble figuring out future steps and are struggling to reformat their future plans, which may mean drastic changes - possibly involving the announced Venom movie. A new article from Badass Digest says that Sony may have some dramatic plans in the works, revealing inside information that the Venom spinoff, set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, is "functionally dead again." Venom is one of the few villains in the Spider-Man family »
While we wait to see what writer and director Alex Kurtzman's Venom movie will be like, here's a sinister CG illustration featuring the classic Spider-Man villain to tide us over. I'd love to see some of the actual concept designs that are being created for the movie. The piece was created by Ljabli Salim, and I would absolutely love to see this version of Venom on the big screen. Make sure to check out some of the artist's other art here.
- Joey Paur
"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it," she told Hey U Guys.
The rebooted Dracula origin story was put into development long before the plans for the shared universe based on Universal's classic monster movies emerged.
Reports emerged yesterday that the coda of "Dracula Untold" serves as the launchpad for Universal's proposed shared universe of their classic monsters in contemporary times.
Now, producer Alissa Phillips has confirmed the report to HeyUGuys, saying the film initially wasn't to be a part of the franchise - but now is. She says:
"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it. Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other ones...it's been fun to be a part of that."
The sequence in the film essentially serves as a prologue to Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" reboot which was originally going to be the first title in the proposed plan. Will that film feature a cameo of Luke Evans as Vlad? »
- Garth Franklin
It seems like every studio is trying to create a connected cinematic universe in the same way Marvel Studios has. This was something Universal Pictures did from the 40s-60s with their monster movies. We previously reported, nearly a year ago, that Universal was planning to reboot their cineverse.
Alissa Phillips via Hey U Guys:
I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren’t [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it.Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other ones…it’s been fun to be a part of that.
I wonder at what point in development this decision was made and if »
- Free Reyes
Dracula Untold producer Alissa Phillips has now confirmed yesterday's report that the horror reboot will in fact be the first in the Universal Monsters Reboot series. The franchise was announced back in July and will bring all of the classic Universal Pictures ghouls together in one shared universe that will eventually lead to an all-star movie not unlike Marvel's The Avengers.
"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it. Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other ones...it's been fun to be a part of that. »
When Universal announced their plans to develop a new movie universe around their pantheon of classic Monsters – including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, etc. – they cited that the first “official” film to come out of the new shared Monsterverse would be The Mummy, which is in development now under director Alex Kurtzman.
That left a big question mark over their latest Monster pic, Dracula Untold, which seemed like it would stand separate from the rest of the films. According to Badass Digest, that may not be the case:
“A few months ago sources told me that Universal did some reshoots on Dracula Untold in order to allow it to fit into the larger Monsterverse, and word from junketeers who have seen early screenings backs this up. I don’t know what they have included in the film, but they have put some elements in that will allow the studio to tie »
- James Garcia
According to producer Alissa Phillips, Dracula Untold, a movie where Dracula (Luke Evans) uses an army of bats to punch the ground, will be the first entry into the studio's upcoming Universal Monsters crossover universe. Although we previously reported that overseers Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) would be starting with a remake of The Mummy, Phillips told HeyUGuys that her movie is kicking off the series. Depending on the success of Dracula Untold, I can see this going either way. The Mummy doesn't even have a director yet, although it does have a release date set for April 22, 2016. At this point, there's no reason Dracula couldn't pop in to say, "Hey, Mummy," thus showing that a universe is being built, and then The Mummy makes its contribution to series. But if Dracula Untold flops, then there's no reason to keep it canon unless »
- Matt Goldberg
When Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan revealed they were doing to flesh out a "shared universe" film series steeped in the world of Universal's classic monsters, the question many of us had was: How will Dracula Untold fit into it all? And that was certainly a valid question since the movie was developed well before Kurztman, Morgan and Universal teamed up for their monsters initiative.
The post Producer Confirms Dracula Untold is Part of Universal Monsters Shared Universe Plan appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Yesterday, there was a story going around that Universal's forthcoming vampire origin story Dracula Untold had some reshoots done in order to tie it into the studios forthcoming reboot of their classic monsters universe that will include The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and more. However, it seemed shaky since the ties to the Universal Monsters universe being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were said to be good enough to link the film to the world of these monsters, but small enough that if the film bombed, it wouldn't hurt the future potential of the series that will actually be rebooted by The Mummy. But it turns out the ties to the Universal Monsters universe are there. Read on! Dracula Untold producer Alissa Phillips spoke to HeyUGuys at the premiere of the film in the United Kingdom yesterday and revealed, "When we started out we weren’t [part of the Universal Monsters series], but »
- Ethan Anderton
As you probably already know, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently developing a shared cinematic universe for Universal's classic movie monsters, with the first movie being Kurtzman's The Mummy. Well, apparently that has changed, and the first movie from the the shared universe will be Luke Evans' Dracula Untold. Producer Alissa Phillips revealed the news in an interview with HeyUGuys, and she says although that wasn't the original plan for the film, »
- Jesse Giroux
We know that Universal is putting together a new set of Universal Monsters movies, with Alex Kurtzman and Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan as architects of the franchise series reboot. The first movie out of the gate will be a new version of The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman. Before that plan was fully in […]
The post ‘Dracula Untold’ Now Fits Into the Universal Monsters Reboot Series appeared first on /Film. »
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