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Last month, Tom Cruise was confirmed to be starring in a new version of The Mummy, part of Universal's plans to reboot their classic monster movie universe, guided by producers Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek). Now he'll be joined by Johnny Depp, who is set to star in The Invisible Man, according to Deadline. No other details have been made available, but based on what's been reported about Universal's plans in general, as well as how the character has been used in the past, here's what we know. Who's writing? Ed Solomon (Men in Black) is writing the screenplay, per THR. He joins a distinguished group of writers working on the new universe: Jon Spaihts (The Mummy) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) are writing the...
- Peter Martin
With shared universes being all the rage at the moment in Hollywood, Universal are getting in on the fun with the impressive back catalogue of classic monsters the studio has access to coming together in a cinematic universe spearhead by producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Fast & Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan. 2017 will see the interconnected series of franchises kick off with The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Sofia Boutella as the titular monster, which is all sorts of interesting. Now, Deadline is reporting that The Invisible Man is set as the universes second installment, with Johnny Depp going transparent to play a scientist who finds his sanity ebbing away after discovering a way to turn himself invisible. No release date or director has be announced yet, but Now You See me and Men in Black scribe Ed Solomon will be providing the script, one of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Universal Shared Monster Universe is coming together quite nicely, with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella set to star in their Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is set for release in the summer of 2017. Many have wondered what project will be next for this shared universe, and it seems we may now have our answer. Deadline is reporting that the studio has signed on Johnny Depp to star in their remake of The Invisible Man.
Back in November, we reported that Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, starting with the Mummy Reboot, which Alex Kurtzman is directing. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with the studio already setting a June 9, 2017 release date. The report also revealed that other movies centering on Dracula, Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are set to follow. There was a rumor last year that The Wolf Man »
The film is based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, which was notably adapted into a movie in 1933 starring Claude Rains. In the film, Rains plays Dr. Jack Griffin, a chemist who concocts a serum that turns him invisible, then infamously wraps his face in bandages and embarks on a killing spree.
Despite the news of Depp's involvement neither a release date, »
He's played a pirate, an outcast, and a mobster, and now that Johnny Depp is set to star in The Invisible Man, the prolific actor could add "iconic Universal Monsters character" to his list of memorable roles.
Deadline reports that Depp is lined up for the lead role in The Invisible Man. The character was created by legendary author H.G. Wells in his 1897 novella, The Invisible Man. In the novella, a scientist named Griffin engages in criminal activities after performing an irreversible experiment on himself that causes his body to become unseen by the human eye.
It's not yet known who is writing The Invisible Man script or who will direct the movie, but it is a part of Universal's new shared cinematic universe featuring iconic characters from the studio's history, including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, and The Mummy.
The lattermost of those characters will »
- Derek Anderson
It was rumoured last year that Tom Cruise was in talks with Universal to star in their upcoming reboot of The Mummy, which is set to kick-start their Classic Monsters Shared Universe. Well, now it’s official.
Variety are reporting that Cruise has signed on for the picture, but will not serve as a producer as originally rumoured. However the outlet notes that he will play a major part in the movie’s development, and presumably the development of the future movies of the Shared Universe.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), The Mummy was set to be released in May 2017, but this has now been pushed back to June 9th, 2017. The script has been written by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). No details are known about it yet apart from that its »
- Luke Owen
Even though Doctor Strange has been filming since November, it's never too late to add a new cast member. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Martian star Benedict Wong has signed on to play the Sorcerer Supreme's aptly-named sidekick, Wong. It isn't known if he just recently joined the cast, or if he was part of the production when filming started last year.
Wong has a long history in the Marvel Comics, making his debut in in 1963's "Strange Tales" #110. In the comics, Wong was a disciple of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who was sent to America to assist Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) during his journey of learning the mystical arts. The character also performs healing duties and assists with occult matters. One of his primary duties is looking after the Doctor's body while he is astral projecting into other planes of existence.
Benedict Wong joins a cast »
Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson is directing the comic-book movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under the Ancient One in the comic-books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.
Wong will play Wong, the sidekick to Cumberbatch’s superhero. Wong has several abilities that include performing healing duties, assisting in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial »
- Justin Kroll
Last month, we reported that Universal Pictures had entered talks with both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella to star in their long-awaited Untitled Mummy Reboot. Today we have a new report from Variety, which reveals that both Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella have officially signed on, with Universal Pictures also setting a new release date of June 9, 2017, pushing it up three months from March 24, 2017. This upcoming adventure will now go up against Paramount's World War Z 2 and Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Ascendant, while it would have only faced Lionsgate's Power Rangers in its old March 24, 2017 date.
No plot details have been confirmed yet, but the movie is set in present day, marking the first full adventure in Universal's shared monster universe. It was confirmed in 2014 that Dracula Untold's end credit scene, where Luke Evans' title character was seen in present day, serves as a prologue to the entire series, »
According to Collider, Cruise will indeed star in The Mummy along with Boutella, who made quite an impression as the slice-and-dice killer Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Neither of their roles have been revealed, but it's believed that Boutella will play The Mummy, with Cruise rumored to portray an ex-Navy Seal.
Originally slated to come out on March 24th, 2017, The Mummy is now set to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017—the same release date as World War Z 2.
Set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus), The Mummy will be the first of several new Universal Monster movies, with the studio having the ultimate goal of creating a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, »
- Derek Anderson
Conflicting reports may have raised question marks over Tom Cruise’s actual involvement in Universal’s upcoming The Mummy reboot, but today the studio has secured the Mission: Impossible stalwart for the monster movie with a new release date to boot.
Previously slated to open on March 24, 2017, Alex Kurtzman’s reimagining will now loom into theaters in all of its mythic glory on June 9, 2017. That’s almost a full year after the film’s original release date of June 24, 2016, which has been shuffled around as Universal maps out the formative entries into its budding ‘Universal Monsters’ shared universe.
Working from a script produced by Prometheus‘ Jon Spaihts, word is that The Mummy of 2017 will be set in the present day, tackling the ancient Egyptian lore from a different angle entirely than the Brendan Fraser-fronted adventure flicks. Much like previous reports had suggested, Spaihts and Kurtzman have selected a female »
- Michael Briers
Pic was originally set to bow on Mar. 24, 2017.
The studio tapped Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal in which its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel.
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other »
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures has moved the release of The Mummy. The monster movie, which was originally scheduled to bow March 24, 2017, will now open on June 9 of that year. The next film in the Divergent series, Ascendant, and the sequel to Brad Pitt's World War Z also are slated to hit theaters on that date. The action-adventure will star Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and will be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman will produce the project, along with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, with Bobby Cohen
- Mia Galuppo
Universal has pushed “The Mummy” remake starring Tom Cruise back 11 weeks, from its initial release on March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017. Sofia Boutella joined the cast of the Alex Kurtzman-directed film in December. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day. Other plot details remain under wraps. Also Read: 'Star Trek 3' Actress Sofia Boutella to Play The Mummy Opposite Tom Cruise Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. The film is set to be the first in a series of monster movies. The studio hopes to build a. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Universal Pictures has pushed back the release of its reboot of "The Mummy" by three months. Originally slated for March 24th 2017, it will now open June 9th of that year opposite "World War Z 2" and the final film in the "Divergent" series.
Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella are confirmed to star in the action-adventure which hopes to serve as the launching pad of a cinematic universe starring the classic Universal monsters line-up including Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and Van Helsing.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, a report claimed that the highly-anticipated Pacific Rim 2 has now been delayed indefinitely, which was paired with the news that Guillermo del Toro has signed on to develop and direct a remake of Fantastic Voyage. We never heard anything official about this delay from Legendary Pictures or Universal Pictures, but today we have an update from director Guillermo del Toro, who reveals the project is still alive. Here's what the director had to say through his Twitter page yesterday.
"Pacific Rim 2 cancelled? Don't believe everything you read. It's still going and I'll remain w it in one way or another!"
The last update we got on Pacific Rim 2 was from Guillermo del Toro himself, who revealed on his Twitter page in October that he had turned in the script and budget for the sequel. The director's comments that he'll be involved "one way or another" could be a »
After highlighting 50 films that are most certainly worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. While a multitude of 2016 previews simply regurgitate a list of dated releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a release date — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2016, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond.
It should be noted that there are a number of films we’re greatly looking forward to, but whose release we aren’t confident about, including the next features from Claire Denis and Michael Haneke. (Rest assured, however, that we’ll have updates as they come in.)
Lastly, despite not coming out last year, as was planned, Orson Welles »
- TFS Staff
After the gothic horror-thriller Crimson Peak hit theaters last year, director Guillermo del Toro's next project was originally believed to be Pacific Rim 2. The filmmaker was set to start production in Toronto last fall, but reports surfaced in September that the sequel start date was being pushed to sometime in 2016. Shortly thereafter, rumors sprung up that Legendary and Universal Pictures were cancelling the project altogether. The director later clarified that the planned release date of August 4, 2017 had been scrapped, although the project was still happening. Today we have a new report from The Hollywood Reporter that claims the sequel has now been delayed indefinitely.
We reported earlier today that Guillermo del Toro is in talks to develop and direct 20th Century Fox's long-gestating remake of Fantastic Voyage, which came about after Legendary and Universal shelved Pacific Rim 2. The last we heard about the sequel was that Guillermo del Toro »
Last week, we got our first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme in new photos and concept art from Marvel's Doctor Strange. These images came courtesy of Entertainment Weekly's new print edition. Today, Marvel has released the official versions of these images, along with a brand new piece of concept art that offers a look inside Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum.
Doctor Strange, which started production in November, tells the story of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), an acclaimed neurosurgeon who uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a near-fatal car accident. The film will show audiences corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe never before explored, thanks to director Scott Derrickson. Doctor Strange is set for release on November 4, going up against Warner Bros.' Bastards and 20th Century Fox's Trolls.
Marvel has debuted high-res versions of the previously-released concept art for the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film, in the process chucking in one more piece which gives us a good look at the Doctor's Sanctum Santorum.
Jon Spaihts penned and Scott Derrickson helms the new film about Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), an acclaimed neurosurgeon who uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a near-fatal car accident. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mad Mikkelsen and Michael Stuhlbarg star.
- Garth Franklin
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