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Universal Pictures has nabbed the spec script “Berliner.”
The film will be produced by “Fast & Furious” scribe Chris Morgan, who will oversee the film through his Chris Morgan Productions banner. Morgan and Frazier are currently working on a number of films with the studio, including “Day One” and “Heatseekers,” the latter directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”).
In addition to the “Fast” films, Morgan is working with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman on a new franchise that will draw on monster characters from Universal’s film library. The studio is associated with the Frakenstein, Wolfman and other horror franchises.
- Brent Lang
Comic-Con is a wonderful place, one where exciting scoops can emerge from unexpected places. Attendees at the panel for Alexandre Aja’s upcoming Horns, a Daniel Radcliffe-led horror comedy about a young man trying to solve his girlfriend’s murder (which looks amazing by the way), were treated to plenty of information about that project, but one well-placed question led to an update about an entirely different but also promising project – Universal’s comic adaptation Locke & Key.
Joe Hill, the comic-book artist whose novel served as the inspiration for Horns, delivered the news, confirming that the long-in-development project will in fact be a trilogy and is currently taking shape at Universal Pictures. Albert Torres, the screenwriter of Henry Poole is Here, the upcoming Akira remake and an announced live-action version of Ben 10, has been tapped to adapt the L0cke & Key comic-book series, which Hill co-wrote with Gabriel Rodriguez. »
- Isaac Feldberg
CBS premiered the pilot episode of their newest procedural, Scorpion, at Comic-Con on Thursday, and it might be worth checking out. I haven’t quite decided yet. Let’s go through the pros and cons together.
The show follows the usual structure of a CBS procedural — a group of specialized people are working against the clock to solve a problem that they are uniquely qualified to solve. Many of them have tragic backstories. Okay, so on CSI there is no clock, but Without a Trace, Person of Interest, and that serial killer one all have/had some element of working quickly to save someone. Con
Scorpion’s twist on the concept — that this team is made up of super geniuses who basically don’t have any social skills — has been done a few times before. Con
However, the show’s other conceit — that this is based on the true life of Walter O’Brien, »
- Mily Dunbar
Watching Joe Hill's Locke & Key go from page to screen (big or small) has been nothing short of an exercise in frustration. That being said, some good news has come out of the San Diego Comic-Con regarding the haunting property.
During the Horns panel at the Sdcc Hill revealed that Universal Pictures is currently developing Locke and Key as a trilogy.
Albert Torres has been tapped to write Locke & Key, Universal’s adaptation of the award-winning supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen are to produce, as is Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of Idw Publishing, the company behind the comic.
Locke & Key tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. »
- Steve Barton
Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood and Katia Winter joined executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman and Heather Kadin at Comic-Con on Friday for a panel moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Rob Moynihan. They hit San Diego to look back at the show's crazy first season and tease what's next.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Guillermo del Toro is undoubtedly one of the busiest filmmakers in Hollywood. He has a handful of projects in development at any given time and is constantly adding more. Right now he’s working on the haunted house film Crimson Peak, and is gearing up production on a smaller film to be directed before he helms Pacific Rim 2.
He’s also in consideration to helm Frankenstein for Alex Kurtzman’s burgeoning Universal Monster shared universe, and is a producer on several projects, including the new FX series The Strain and the animated film Book of Life (which he also wrote). Because of his busy schedule it’s hard to keep track of which projects are and aren’t in development. One such film he’s been talking about for quite some time now is DC’s Justice League Dark, which was nowhere to be found on the supposed list of upcoming DC film adaptations. »
- James Garcia
The "Sleepy Hollow" San Diego Comic-Con panel is happening later today, but before heading inside the Convention Center, make sure you hit the "Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience" at Petco Park. Here's a video of what to expect.
About the Experience:
Fans will receive an ominous warning from Ichabod Crane and then have a terrifying encounter with the Headless Horseman. Participants will be given a personalized, souvenir image to share across their social media pages.
Season 2 premieres on September 22nd. If you're still not quite caught up, the Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.
Related Story: Visit our "Sleepy Hollow" Archive
Friday, July 25th - 5:45-6:45 Pm - Room 6Bcf - "Sleepy Hollow »
- Debi Moore
CBS is bringing to life the incredible stories of real-life genius, Walter O’Brien and his team of equally gifted individuals, this fall with their new show, Scorpion. After their first appearance as a cast at Comic-Con, where they also screened the pilot’s premiere, the cast and producers sat down for round table interviews with the press. The real O’Brien, who also serves as executive producer on the show, was on hand to discuss how the idea for a series came about and what motivated him to move on with the project. During our conversation, the cast: Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel, and Katherine McPhee, gave us some insight into their characters and the producers (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci) revealed what viewers can expect to see on a weekly basis and why we should all watch. Hit the jump for more. What can you tell us about the show »
- Elena Butler
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
Sony may not be bringing anything big to this year’s Comic-Con, but they’ve made some huge announcements today. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was originally scheduled for a 2016 release, but Uncharted (the big screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series) has now taken that movie’s June 10th release date.
However, we Will be revisiting the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe two years from now as Sinister Six is scheduled to open on November 11th, 2016. Written and directed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), that movie focuses on a team of villains who team up to take down Peter Parker.
It’s not clear whether Spider-Man will appear in that movie or who will make up the team’s roster, but Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin will likely be there, with the likes of Doctor Octopus and Electro joining him.
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was dated for »
- Josh Wilding
We’ve been hearing talk from the likes of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman suggesting that Sony may have jumped the gun when it came to announcing 2016 and 2018 release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and it seems that is indeed the case after all, with the studio announcing a reshuffle of its Spidey plans today.
Fans of Andrew Garfield’s wall-crawler are going to have to wait until 2018 to see Spidey back on the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with the studio opting instead to move ahead with its supervillain ensemble The Sinister Six first, with the Drew Goddard-directed flick set to land on November 11th 2016. Meanwhile, video game adaptation Uncharted moves into The Amazing Spider-Man 3′s original date of June 10th, 2016.
Quite where this leaves The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is anyone’s guess. Garfield will be pushing 35 years of »
- Gary Collinson
Originally set to hit theaters on June 10, 2016, Sony has now decided to delay The Amazing Spider-Man 3 two years to 2018, the year The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was previously expected to hit theaters. However, they aren't giving up on the idea of building a world around the web-slinger despite the lackluster returns from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which had been expected to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide this summer, but has so far only amassed $706 million. Instead of a new Spider-Man film in 2016, the studio is moving forward with The Sinister Six with writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), releasing on November 11, 2016. The film features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, all of which were teased in the Spider-Man 2's end credits including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. No word on which one of those villains may show up, but it seems »
- Brad Brevet
"It’s all up for grabs, right now, We’re just trying to figure it out," Alex Kurtzman told Collider recently about what Sony's plans were for "Sinister Six" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 3." And things hadn't been looking good for the franchise in general, with writer/producer Roberto Orci exiting the series, and rumors that the third movie originally planned for 2016 would be pushed back. Well, it has and considerably so, in what looks like a shakeup for Sony's comic book series. The studio has announced that Drew Goddard's "Sinister Six" will land on November 11, 2016 with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to follow sometime in 2018. So, in short, Sony is still sticking to their bi-annual release of movies from the Spidey-verse, but they've held back on the next entry featuring the hero himself for another four years. Why? It's likely quite simple — they need to retool (as we discussed at length here). Box office wise, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
San Diego Comic-Con’s infamous Hall H will play host to the BBC’s star detective, Cumberbatch, but, unfortunately, the actor will not be attending as part of a Sherlock event. Instead, Cumberbatch will appear on Comic-Con 2014’s inaugural Hall H panel: Dreamworks Animation.
Hall H Thursday Schedule
Dreamworks Animation 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Moderator Craig Ferguson will speak with Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Tom McGrath, who voice characters in the studio’s newest installment to the Madagascar series, Penguins of Madagascar. Directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell are also set to attend, as is Home director Tim Johnson. This will be Cumberbatch’s first time at Comic-Con, though he did send in a special video message to fans at last year’s Sherlock panel. »
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 »
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