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Yesterday we reported that The Mummy reboot was finally starting to emerge from its cinematic tomb with a new director, Alex Kurtzman, announced at the helm. Originally slated to come out in theaters on April 22nd, 2016, Universal Pictures has already revealed a new release date for the upcoming Mummy movie that will have fans waiting just a bit longer to see this monster in action.
Deadline reveals that The Mummy reboot will now hit cinemas on June 26th, 2016. Since the release has only been delayed by about two months, there shouldn’t be any major holdbacks in production.
The reason for the move comes from another big Universal property that filled in the abandoned April 22nd slot: The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman that will be directed by Frank Darabont (showrunner on Season 1 of The Walking Dead, director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption »
- Derek Anderson
It's no secret that Universal is rebooting The Mummy series, nor that it's tapped up Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee a 'classic monsters universe' for the studio. The Mummy is set to be the first entry in that new take on said universe, and Jon Spaihts has put a screenplay together.
The project has passed through a few directors thus far. Len Wiseman was originally attached to it, before Mama's Andy Muschietti signed up to make the film. Muschietti and Universal reportedly parted company on the film due to the former's desire to take the film a little darker, rather than family friendly.
Prolific writer, producer and director Alex Kurtzman is to helm Universal’s forthcoming reboot of The Mummy. Previously involved on the production side, and courted by the studio to help resurrect their monstrous back catalogue, Kurtzman inherits the role from Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Mama’s Andy Muschietti, both of whom left the project over creative differences. Kurtzman is perhaps seen as a safe pair of hands. Until recently he was half of a successful movie partnership with Roberto Orci, scribbling out instalments of Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-man (though the duo will continue to collaborate on TV). Currently he is overseeing Matador, an action series about a soccer player who works for the CIA.
The new version of the classic tale will see the action relocated to the present day. Is there room at the box office for a horny ancient being looking to exact vengeance on humanity? »
- Steve Palace
The Mummy reboot has been clawing at the walls of its cinematic tomb since 2012, when producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed a production deal with Universal Pictures. After going through two directors and collecting dust, the movie is finally finding its way into the light, as a new director for the film has been announced, one who is already deeply invested in the project.
According to THR, Universal has looked to Alex Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot, which is set for an April 22nd, 2016 release. Kurtzman is already a producer on the project and has been a major contributor along with fellow producer Chris Morgan in planning out an interconnected cinematic environment with Universal’s classic monsters. Kurtzman and his writing collaborator Roberto Orci have worked on the script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Universal’s decision to hire Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot (Kurtzman has directed one prior feature film, »
- Derek Anderson
One of the most consistently strong screenwriters of blockbusters action (Transformers, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek), Alex Kurtzman is finally starting to get some choice directorial projects. Last December, it was announced that he would direct a Venom spin-off movie for Sony. Now, Kurtzman has been tapped to direct a reboot of The Mummy for Universal, as part of the studio’s new experiment to have an extended universe of monster films starring properties like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
“Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology,” Jeff Kirschenbaum, Universal’s co-president of production, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”
Kurtzman was already writing and producing the Mummy reboot with Fast and Furious »
- Jordan Adler
Two weeks ago, Universal Pictures announced it is moving forward with plans to construct a massive, interconnected monster movie universe with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Today, we have word that Alex Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first entry into this franchise, the Untitled Mummy Reboot.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was initially attached to direct before he bowed out, paving the way for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to come on board before he left in May. However, both of those filmmakers were on board before this inter-connected monster universe was hatched. The Mummy Reboot will be the first project launched within this cinematic universe, setting the tone for those that come after it.
While no plot details have been confirmed, insiders claim that the project is set in present day, with a whole new set of characters. The reboot is said to be more of an action-adventure with horror elements, »
It was recently revealed that Universal had decided to take advantage of their library of classic movie monsters (which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, and The Mummy) by hiring Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to expand and unify a world featuring these characters.
Well, it has been confirmed tonight that Kurtzman will direct The Mummy for the studio in preparation for a release date of April 22nd, 2016. It’s set to be the first instalment in a new wave of monster movies, so there will be a lot of pressure on the writer to make this a success and set the tone moving forwards.
The original trilogy was helmed by Steve Sommers and starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. The franchise grossed north of $1.2 billion, but it’s been a struggle to get this reboot going as both Len Wiseman (Total Recall »
- Josh Wilding
First it was Len Wiseman who left Universal's proposed reboot of The Mummy. Then it was Mama director Andres Muschietti who flew the Eqyptian coop. Now, producer Alex Kurtzman is throwing caution to the wind and directing the flick himself.
THR reports that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate, having a release date of April 22, 2016. The movie is important as it will set the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.
Plot details are being kept under wraps (*ahem*), but it’s understood »
- Steve Barton
The writing was on the wall for this one when it was announced the other week that Kurtzman and "Fast and Furious" series scribe Morgan would act as the gatekeepers of a Universal Movie Monster Cinematic Universe that would kick off with the new "The Mummy" on April 22nd 2016.
The new 'Mummy' will essentially set the tone and feel for the rest of the universe, so Kurtzman's involvement is understandable. The new 'Mummy' is said to be more action-adventure oriented and set in the present day. It will also feature new characters.
Len Wiseman and Andy Muschietti were previously linked as potential directors back before Universal decided to launch its Monster Cinematic Universe. Kurtzman's involvement as director was only in question due to his attachment to Sony's "Spider-Man »
- Garth Franklin
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned that Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) would be spearheading a crossover universe for the Universal Monsters starting with The Mummy, but it appears that those plans also include giving Kurtzman the keys to the first film out of the gate. The Mummy is intended to set the tone for the other Universal Monsters films going forward, and while the project previously had Len Wiseman (Underworld) attached to direct and then later Andy Muschietti (Mama), both of those filmmakers subsequently left the project. With Universal keen on getting going sooner rather than later in anticipation of a May 22, 2016 release date, the studio has now tapped Kurtzman to direct The Mummy instead. More after the jump. Per THR, Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to take the helm of The Mummy. Kurtzman is best known »
- Adam Chitwood
“The Mummy” producer Alex Kurtzman is now nearing a deal to direct the classic monster movie for Universal, TheWrap has learned. Kurtzman has been working with fellow “creative godfather” Chris Morgan to launch the Universal Monster Movie Universe. “The Mummy” is going to be the first film in that ambitious plan, and Universal will release the movie on April 22, 2016. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Universal's Monster Movie Universe (Video) The new “Mummy” movie will be set in present day and will be more of a four-quadrant, family-friendly action-adventure tentpole than the dark scarefest that previous director Andy Muschetti envisioned after Len Wiseman left. »
- Jeff Sneider
He’s already partnering with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan to oversee the development of the studio’s new breed of monster movies, but Alex Kurtzman is looking to get involved with The Mummy in a much closer fashion – he’s in the final stages of hammering out a deal to direct it.Universal’s attempt to resurrect what it hopes will be an evergreen franchise has seen some frustration of late, with different script drafts from the likes of Jon Spaihts and Kurtzman himself, working with former producing partner Roberto Orci. And the beast has grabbed then discarded at least two other potential directors in Len Wiseman and Mama's Andy Muschietti.The new take on the Egyptian creature will be closer in tone to Stephen Sommers’ two entries – less a direct horror piece than a rip-roaring action adventure, albeit set in the present day. “Over the course of developing The Mummy, »
Two weeks ago we shared the news that Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and screenwriter Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) had some meetings to “put together an interconnected slate of Monster films," including Dracula, the Wolfman and now the first one up being The Mummy. It now appears that Kurtzman will direct their first monster movie himself, the film previously had Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Andres Muschietti (Mama) attached. This will be »
- Graham McMorrow
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
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
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.
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- Debi Moore
Speaking at the TCA's this week, the producers of Fox's supernatural procedural hit "Sleepy Hollow" say they don't plan to shake-up the successful formula anytime soon. For starters, the Abbie and Crane relationship won't devolve into flirting/underlying sexual tension for a good while as yet.
Producer Len Wiseman says: "[Abbie and Ichabod] have a respect for each other. We're really not playing their relationship on the romantic side". The expanded second season will also boast new villains including the Pied Piper, a Succubus and a Wendigo. Timothy Busfield will guest star as Benjamin Franklin, while Sakina Jaffrey will play no-nonsense Sheriff Leena Reyes. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Twilight" hunk Taylor Lautner tries something very different in the upcoming second season of BBC3's comedy series "Cuckoo". Lautner takes on the role of the hippie son of Andy Samberg's character from the first season, and the network has just launched the first trailer today. »
- Garth Franklin
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
"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
Will Sleepy Hollow’s Ichabod and Abbie finally “go there” in Season 2?
Obviously, that was the first thing reporters wanted to know Sunday during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour — but just like the supernatural Fox drama itself, Ichabbie’s future isn’t that simple.
Related Sleepy Hollow Season 2: Look Who’s Playing Ichabod’s Psycho Ex!
“Their relationship is at the core of everything we do,” executive producer Mark Goffman explained. That said, “There are going to be some real trust issues [this season].”
The real romantic drama in the 18 episodes of Season 2, it seems, »
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