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Universal Pictures has released a bunch of new release dates for some of their upcoming films.
Their Mummy reboot will be released on April 22nd, 2016.
There's an Untitled Michael Mann cyberthriller that's been set for for January 16th, 2015.
Here's the press release with more details on these film.
About Untitled Michael Mann Project
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Untitled Michael Mann Project follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. »
- Joey Paur
We mention on this week’s ‘Hollywood Booze’ podcast (online tomorrow) about the planned release of the Duncan Jones directed Warcraft, and the fact that it shared the date with a certain movie named Star Wars Episode VII. Well, it looks like Universal and Legendary Pictures have seen the light and moved the domestic release date from the 18th December, 2015 to 11th March, 2016. Warcraft is a massive movie for the studio and in line with the themes it shares with Star Wars, a move was inevitable.
It’s not just Warcraft that Legendary are moving either. The studio, which departed from Warner Brothers earlier this year, are also moving the Jeff Bridges starrer The Seventh Son to the 6th February, 2014 and the update of The Mummy to the 22nd April, 2016. Andy Muschietti (Mama) is directing the film and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) are producing with Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts wrote the script. »
- Paul Heath
Universal has provided an update on their release schedule, which includes a date change for The Mummy reboot. While Universal was reportedly interested in seeing The Mummy released as a Summer 2014 movie, a director change has prompted a move to 2016. Their new schedule has The Mummy coming out on April 22nd, 2016.
“A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.”
With a release date set that far away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a date shift between now and then. We’ll report back as soon as casting »
- Jonathan James
Get out your calendars and a pencil, kids! Universal has just announced release dates for three of its genre offerings, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving we're keeping you abreast of them. If you're good, maybe we'll give you a leg and a wing, too.
The Mummy reboot has been slated for release on April 22, 2016. A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.
- Uncle Creepy
Latin American filmmakers are an emerging global force, riding on a wave of genre films. So much so that Latin America’s biggest movie market, Ventana Sur, which means Southern Window, has launched Blood Window, a slice of the mart dedicated to horror.
More widely available digital distribution systems, whether set-top boxes or game consoles or even mobile phones streaming content, have created a demand for youth-skewing genre pics in Europe, Asia and especially the United States.
“Ironically, it’s easier to find interest abroad when producing genre films than here in Argentina,” says scribe-helmer Ramiro Garcia Bogliano.
Javier Fernandez at Buenos Aires’ Incaa, which co-organizes Ventana Sur with the Cannes Festival’s Film Market, likens the rise in Latin American genre to what happened in South Korea a little more than a decade ago, and more recently Spain.
Some highlights of the surge:
Argentina’s Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) and »
- John Hopewell
Don Mancini's (Bride of Chucky) Curse of Chucky also releases on home video formats today (Oct. 8th, 2013). And, this Satanic doll has decided to invade other Universal Picture's properties including: Mama, Drag Me to Hell, The Purge and the horror classic Psycho. Chucky takes part in a few gruesome murders in each of these gag reels. In the Curse of Chucky, this murderous doll is in search of some recurring characters, who have escaped his small clutches. Chucky is soon on the rampage in an old family home, after a sombre funeral. Fans of horror can enjoy a laugh or two as this iconic character makes his presence known in several films and in these movie clips. Preview all of the hilarious reels below. Release Date: October 8th, 2013 (DVD, Blu-Ray). Director/writer: Don Mancini. Cast: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, A Martinez and Maitland McConnell. Chucky in Andrés Muschietti »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
If he ends up getting the gig, he will replace Len Wiseman, who dropped out of the project. The script for the film was written by Jon Spaihts, and it's a top priority for the studio, so they are hoping to get it into production soon.
This has been described as a very different mummy movie. Apparently it's a darker twist on the material and will be a scarier version. Wiseman previously talked about the pitch that Kurtzman and Orci came up with, saying,
One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He »
- Joey Paur
Andy Muschietti, the director behind the surprise horror hit of the year, "Mama," has been tapped by that film's studio to direct the reboot of "The Mummy." John Spaight, who penned the original draft of "Prometheus," wrote the screenplay.
Also, find out what happens to Huell on "Breaking Bad" in today's Dailies!
» "Mama" director in talks for "The Mummy"
» What happened to Huell?
» Here's another look at "Machete Kills" [ComicBookMovie]
» One brave reporter outs fake geek boys at Comic-Con. [The Mary Sue]
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Universal has been making money off of its monster franchises for about as long as movies have existed, so there was never any question as to whether or not we’d eventually get another reboot of The Mummy. There was definitely a huge question surrounding what another crack at The Mummy would look like though. Would it be a moody, fairly contained film like the Boris Karloff-starring original from 1932? Or a big budget adventure tale like those Brendan Fraser-starring films from the late 90s and early 2000s? Well, when it was announced that Total Recall reboot and Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman was going to be in charge of the project around a year ago, it seemed inevitable that it was going to be much more a case of the latter, and people were not happy. Who the heck wants to see a glossy, generic movie about an ancient, withered »
- Nathan Adams
A replacement director has been found for Universal The Mummy reboot after Len Wiseman departed the project a couple of months ago, and it’s a pretty exciting choice. Wiseman cited scheduling issues as the reason for his departure, which seemed to hint that Universal was keen on moving forward with The Mummy as quickly as possible. Their director search now looks to have come to a close, as THR reports that Mama director Andy Muschietti is now in talks to take the helm of the pic, which reinvisions the classic Universal horror character in modern day. Further details are under wraps, but Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts penned the script. Muschietti was hand-picked by producer Guillermo del Toro to expand his own short film into a feature with Mama, and the horror pic was a nice success for Universal, tallying up $146 million worldwide. It’s exciting to see that a »
- Adam Chitwood
Andy Muschetti is in negotiations to direct “The Mummy” for Universal, which saw Len Wiseman exit the project in July due to scheduling issues, TheWrap has learned. Jon Spaihts wrote the current draft of the script, which will be a modern day reimaging of “The Mummy” franchise with new characters not seen in previous iterations. Sean Daniel is producing the action-adventure tentpole with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of Universal-based K/O Paper Products. When Wiseman was involved, he indicated that Kurtzman and Orci were envisioning a darker, scarier take on the “Mummy” mythology that would still appeal to all audiences, »
- Jeff Sneider
Andres Muschietti, who directed Universal’s surprise hit horror movie Mama, is circling a deal to come aboard the studio's reboot of its Mummy franchise. The move comes after an intense search caused by the late July exit of Len Wiseman.
It is also one of the first decisive moves made by Donna Langley, who was made chairman of Universal Pictures after Monday’s dramatic shake-up that saw the exit of chairman Adam Fogelson and the elevation of Jeff Shell to chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. (To be clear, however, Muschietti first
- Borys Kit, Kim Masters
In a year when two young Latin American genre talents — Argentinean Andy Muschietti with “Mama” and Fede Alvarez of Uruguay with “Evil Dead” — have already topped U.S. box office charts with their feature film debuts, even a borderline genre pic from one of Argentina’s leading new lights is likely to excite sales agents.
That’s certainly the case with “Some Girls,” from Argentina’s Santiago Palavecino, a buzzed-up production since it went through Cannes Cinefondation program and won the Arte Prize at April’s Bal and proved a highlight at Bal Goes to Cannes, the French festival’s inaugural pix-in-post showcase.
A bevy of sales agents was already circling Palavecino’s third feature days before its world premiere today in Venice Horizons.
“Some Girls” is, however, no teen-titillating shock fest, but rather a psychological thriller that explores female depression, Palavecino said. It is produced by Palavecino, Agustina Costa and Fernando Manero. »
- John Hopewell
More and more short filmmakers are finding their exciting and original projects snapped up by eager studio chiefs looking for the next big thing. Following the footsteps of Andrés Muschietti’s Mama, British director Rob McLellan’s brilliant and eerily intense short film Abe is to get the full-length treatment. Abe is the story of a well-meaning futuristic robot servant who is programmed to love his ‘human family’. Unfortunately, it sees Abe struggle with the emotions he’s feeling and he soon turns to serial killing.
Visual effects artist McLellan has sold the rights to a feature version of the promising concept to MGM, who will develop the project with Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin producing. It’s likely to be an origin story building up to the events seen in the short 8 minute film. I’m excited. So should you! Check out the film below.
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- Craig Hunter
Rhythm & Hues has optioned the film rights to Dynamite Entertainment's comic "Chastity" with plans for both a feature and TV adaptation. Scott Winant ("Californication," "My So-Called Life") is attached to direct and serve as showrunner on the TV version.
The story follows a teen runaway who's accused of murdering her abusive father. She comes across a night carnival that hides a community of vampire-like creatures and their associates who are involved in a desperate and vicious power struggle for survival. [Source: Heat Vision]
The story follows a wanted man having fled the U.S. to escape charges who exchanges passports with another American tourist. Bad things result. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
According to The Wrap, Universal Pictures is turning to Eric Heisserer, who penned the studio's remake of The Thing as well as the Nightmare on Elm Street redux, to write Bird Box, an adaptation of Josh Malerman's manuscript.
Details are scant at the moment, but we can tell you that the story centers on “a blindfolded threesome comprised of a woman and two children who make their way down a river in a seemingly post-apocalyptic setting.”
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- Uncle Creepy
Eric Heisserer is in negotiations to adapt Bird Box, a manuscript by Josh Malerman, the frontman of rock group The High Strung. Andy Muschietti, who directed the horror hit Mama, is helming the project, which is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted and Identity Thief), Chris Morgan (The Fast & Furious franchise) and Barbara Muschietti (Mama). Ryan Lewis will executive produce. Universal optioned the rights to the film in February 2013. The story is about a blindfolded woman and two children who are moving their way down a river in a post-apocalyptic world. Malerman's debut novel was acquired by HarperCollins'
- Rebecca Ford
Plot details are being kept under wraps.
After the studio saw “Mama” overperform at the box office, Universal has been working hard to find Muschietti another project.
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures is in talks with screenwriter Eric Heisserer to draft their upcoming Bird Box, The Wrap reports. The film, based on an upcoming book by Josh Malerman, is slated to be directed by Mama helmer Andy Muschietti.
Malerman, part of the rock band The High Strung, is set to publish "Bird Box" in 2014. The plot is said to follow a woman and two children, all of whom travel down a river, blindfolded, surrounded by a seemingly post-apocalyptic environment.
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Universal Pictures is turning to Eric Heisserer, who penned the studio's remake of "The Thing," to write "Bird Box," an adaptation of Josh Malerman's manuscript that will be directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), TheWrap has learned. Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan are producing with Barbara Muschietti, while Ryan Lewis will executive produce. Michael Clear, who serves as director of development at Stuber's Bluegrass Films banner, brought the project into the company and will oversee on its behalf. Universal execs Jon Mone and Jay Polidoro will oversee on behalf of the studio. Described as »
- Jeff Sneider
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