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With the folks at Sony and writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman currently prepping a Venom movie as part of the expanding Amazing Spider-Man universe, it's only a matter of time before we start hearing casting rumors about who is being considered to star. It's not entirely clear when this will happen, and at this stage we don't even know necessarily which version of the goopy alien symboite we will see - but that's not stopping one of the WWE's wrestlers from throwing his hat in the ring as a candidate for the part. In an interview with Irish Central, Stephen Farrelly - better known to wrestling fans as the redheaded Sheamus - has revealed not only that he has some ambitious plans to get into acting, but also that he already knows exactly what comic book character he would like to play. Discussing his future career goals, which would include »
Exclusive: CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. BAFTA-nominated John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Go) will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.
The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.
- Jen Yamato
There’s been a lot going on with Universal’s Classic Monsters lately, now that the studio has brought together a team of veteran producers and writers to spearhead a new chapter of Universal Monsters that will reintroduce iconic characters to modern audiences. Recently, we heard that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski had been brought into the fold to pen entries in the new cinematic universe, and now we have another name to add to that growing lineup: Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.
Hawley, Guzikowski and Solomon will form a sort of brain trust with producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, both well-respected scribes in their own right. All of them will work on one another’s movies and help out where needed to ensure that the new Universal Monsters installments feature the kind of serialized storytelling that the studio is looking for. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As reported quite a lot as of late, Universal are rebooting their classic monsters for a “Marvel-esque” series of movies where they will intertwine and come together for a big cross over movie at the end. We know that Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, set for release next year, will kick things off and there is an unknown monster movie for 2017 which may or may not be The Wolf Man.
But one thing that may surprise some (or not to those who remember the last reboot to The Mummy), this series will be moving away from its classic horror routes and going for something a bit different.
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library],” said Universal’s Chairman Donna Langley. “But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, »
- Luke Owen
So this is kind of sad for horror movie buffs. Growing up for many fans Universal’s classic monster movies like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature of the Black Lagoon, and others were a gateway to the genre and were landmarks in the early days of horror.
Now in a move to cash in on the success of Marvel’s shared universe concept, Universal Studios is working on their own shared cinematic universe with their classic monsters. This news has been known for some time and the recent Dracula Untold was supposedly the first of new franchise and will be followed by a Mummy reboot in 2016 with Alex Kurtzman directing and another unknown film (which will likely be a Wolf Man reboot) in 2017.
The new development from The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable interview with six executive producers, including Universal’s Donna Langley, has confirmed what many have feared. »
- Max Molinaro
Universal has a plan to reboot its Universal Monsters characters, and it shouldn’t even come as a big surprise: the monsters will anchor action/adventure movies, not horror films. That’s the angle we knew the studio was planning with the new Mummy movie, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman. They’ve done this before, with the last […]
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- Russ Fischer
There's been some buzz about the developing reboot of Universal's classic movie monster universe ever since Dracula Untold hit theaters. The action thriller was said to be the first film to have ties to the new shared universe for the studio's reboot of their most famous properties, and the next films in the bunch will be The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, coming in 2016, and also The Wolf Man in 2017. But if you were hoping for a great new round of horror movies, you may want to sit down for this, because we have some bad news. Universal's plan to reboot these franchises involves taking the horror out of the properties. In the same executive roundtable discussion from THR where news about the Fast & Furious franchise came from, Collider noticed that chairman Donna Langley also had some stuff to say about the Universal monsters reboot, and it's disconcerting to say »
- Ethan Anderton
It was announced last week that Universal Studios had set aside a date for 2017 for one of their Monster Movie reboots, but there was no news on which Monster it would be. Well, thanks to Deadline, we may now know the answer.
If true, The Wolf Man will join The Mummy from writer/director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) as part of Universal’s Monster expanded universe, which is set to follow the “Marvel Method” with a big team-up movie at the end of the process. Although unconfirmed, it is thought that Dracula Untold, which made around $202 million worldwide, could factor into their plans unless they feel the need to reboot that reboot. Other Monsters joining The Wolf Man and The Mummy will »
- Luke Owen
If you love monsters, and movies based on video games, you’re gonna want to read this. Universal is moving forward with plans to relaunch its classic monster-movie franchises of old – and now the studio has added three more writers to its stable. THR reports that Fargo TV series creator Noah Hawley, Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, and Now You See Me writer Ed Solomon will join Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan in bringing some of horror’s most iconic monsters back to the screen. Plans are for the writers to work together collaboratively, sort of like a television show’s writers room, with each providing input and ideas into the others’ scripts. Presumably, this is being done so all of the planned features will work together organically as...
- Mike Bracken
Universal.s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe . the Monster Mash of interconnected horror movies . took a big step forward with the hiring of a brain trust for the studio.s shared world. THR breaks the news that Universal has hired Noah Hawley (TV.s Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Hugh Jackman.s Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black) to join Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman in a band of screenwriters they collectively are dubbing the "Monster Men." These scripters, according to the trade, will operate like a television-show writer.s room to brainstorm an interlocking monster universe drawing on the popularity of Universal.s classic monster properties. The earliest seeds of this shared monster universe have been laid. There.s no clear order to how, when and where the movies will be released, though Universal has staked out April 21, 2017 as a slot for one of the following Monster flicks. Let »
The name of the game these days is franchises, and you can't have just one. While Universal can print money with the "Fast & Furious" series, that vehicle is already looking towards the end. So what will replace it? Monsters. That's right, the studio is reviving their classic monster movies and putting the various characters together Marvel style into a single universe with the intention of offering a fresh, scary spin on the blockbuster template everyone is using. So the studio —which seems to be pretending "Dracula Untold," which was released only a few months ago, never happened— has hired a team to bring it together into a cohesive vision. THR reports that Noah Hawley ("Fargo" TV series), Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners"), and Ed Solomon ("Men in Black") are joining Chris Morgan ("Fast & Furious") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") to put their heads together and keep the train »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There's been a fair amount of rumbling come out of Universal lately, with their ambitious plan to relaunch their classic monster franchises. We know that they want to emulate Marvel Studios by creating a massive, shared universe that's all interconnected, and then have the "phases" culminate in "Vs" and team-up films. But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we know that they're also going to borrow from the creative process of another very successful studio: Pixar.
THR is reporting that several writers have been hired to form a collective of talent that's meant to oversee all of the films. Yesterday, it was announced that Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) had been tapped to write The Wolfman. He joins Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who have all ready been hard at work creating the plans. Now there's word of two other new members of the team: Noah Hawley (The Fargo TV show) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It’s like something out of a mad scientist movie: Universal is building its own brain trust like a Frankenstein’s monster version of the Pixar brain trust. We know that two key players in this team are Chris Morgan (Fast/Furious) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), with Kurtzman writing and directing a new Mummy picture. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) […]
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- Russ Fischer
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of today's news that Universal Pictures is adding The Wolf Man to its Monsters Shared Universe franchise, screenwriter Ed Solomon (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Men In Black) has been brought in to round out the "writers room."
Ed Solomon joins Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), whose involvement in The Wolf Man reboot was rumored earlier today and Fargo TV series creator Noah Hawley, who signed on last month, alongside writers-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, in what is being compared to Pixar's brain trust or a TV writer's room. Each writer will have a hand in helping each other's movie as they all work to create a model for serialized storytelling.
Heat Vision Blog also lists characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, »
Writing teams, it would appear, are the new big idea for shared universe films, given the successes of Marvel’s creative board for its movies and the auspicious work of Disney Animation/Pixar's “brain trusts”. Universal wants in on that action, hiring Prisoners’ Aaron Guzikowski and Fargo TV adaptation man Noah Hawley to work on its monster movie films.They join Ed Solomon, who will be working alongside chief creative bods Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan on developing a linked series bringing classic Universal creatures such as The Mummy and The Wolfman back to life on screen.The plan is for the writers to work together developing the movies, pitching in ideas and helping with problems before splitting off to write the scripts separately, and then meeting back up to discuss them. Kurtzman, the Star Trek/Transformers veteran, is already at work on the Mummy film, which he’ll also direct for June 24, 2016. Guzikowski, »
I’ve written before about how this new “interconnected universe” approach to franchise filmmaking is a bad idea. Approaching the film medium like a television series scales back the individualized nature of each film in favor of a serialized, streamlined approach, but Marvel movies make a ton of money so this trend continues to catch on, and Universal is going one further by assembling a literal writer’s room for its Monster Movie Universe. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) are spearheading Universal’s reboot of its classic monsters, with The Mummy on tap to be the first film out of the gate in 2015 with Kurtzman directing. But now the duo is getting some help in shaping the Monster Movie Universe, as they’ve assembled a brain trust of screenwriters that includes Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski and Men in Black writer Ed Solomon to develop subsequent features. »
- Adam Chitwood
Marvel has set the standard for connecting characters in the same universe and with their newly revealed massive movie slate, DC is attempting to capture that intertwined magic and Universal also looks to create their own shared universe by relaunching their popular monsters. The Mummy reboot is already scheduled to come out in 2016 and it’s now been revealed that a new The Wolf Man movie is in the works.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has set their sights on Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) to pen the script for The Wolf Man reboot. The latest take on the werewolf would fit into the shared universe of relaunched Universal Monsters, an undertaking that’s overseen by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Moran (Fast & Furious series).
- Derek Anderson
Back in the day, Universal Pictures was the king of the monster mountain. Their stable of classic monsters, from Bela Lugosi's Dracula to Lon Chaney Jr's Wolfman, from Boris Karloff's iconic Frankenstein to...Boris Karloff's iconic Mummy, and more, Universal cornered the market on Hollywood monsters. From standalone films, to crossovers, to Monster v Monster movies, one could easily argue that they established the blueprint that modern day comic book films are now so eagerly adopting. So it makes sense now that Universal is looking around at what their rivals at Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, and Fox are doing and saying, "Oh, yeah? You want to talk about your 'cinematic universes'? Well, we're going to relaunch the granddaddy of'em all. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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