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While at this year's San Diego Comic-Con promoting King Arthur, actor Charlie Hunnam confirmed he will not be returning in the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel, despite Guillermo del Toro’s recent assurance that a lot of actors from the first film would be back.
Yahoo! Movies caught up with Hunnam and told them that he was actually approached to reprise his role as hero Raleigh Becket but was was forced to exit the production at an early stage due to scheduling conflicts.
“I’m very excited about it. I’m glad they’re making it. “I think it’s going to be great…There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable…Sometimes, non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds, which seems bass-ackwards, in the fact that we’re making art – or, at least, aspiring to make art. But yeah, it just ended up »
- Kellvin Chavez
Other than the casting of John Boyega, official news on who will appear in Pacific Rim 2 has been slim. Of particular interest has been whether or not the cast members from the first film will reprise their roles in the sequel, and while at Comic-Con to promote his new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he will not return to play Raleigh Becket.
Hunnam talked with Yahoo! at Comic-Con about Pacific Rim 2 and expressed his excitement for the film while also discussing why he couldn’t be a part of it:
“I read an early draft of what they’re doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking.”
- Derek Anderson
In the film, which opens Nov. 4, Cumberbatch plays Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. The character, created by Marvel Comics artist Steve Dikto, first appeared in comic-books in 1963.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
- Variety Staff
Van Helsing, legendary doctor, monster hunter and Count Dracula’s worst nightmare, will soon become one of the cornerstones of Universal’s shared monsters universe, and it appears the studio’s fantasy vehicle is looking to a certain Road Warrior for inspiration.
Unlike The Mummy and Frankenstein – the latter of which is reportedly courting Javier Bardem for the titular, monstrous role – Van Helsing is incubating in the very early stages of development, but that hasn’t stopped writing duo Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts from fleshing out ideas for Universal’s new take on cinema’s decorated demon killer.
Primed for his first screen appearance since 2004’s box office flop – Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale led the charge against the undead in that instance – Heisserer told HitFix that Van Helsing‘s demeanour will be more in line with the roguish, lone-wolf archetype made famous by Mad Max, rather than Jackman’s dashing hero. »
- Michael Briers
Simon Brew Jul 20, 2016
The new Van Helsing movie is taking influences from Mad Max, one of its writers reveals...
One of the increasing number of projects being lined up for the Universal classic monsters movie universe is a reboot of Van Helsing. The character last made it to the big screen in the guide of Hugh Jackman, back in 2004. And the new take is being entrusted to screenwriters Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts
Heisserer was also on scripting duties for the horror flick Lights Out, that’s heading to the UK shortly. And he dropped a hint or two about his take on Van Helsing. Whilst understandably coy about details, he said that “I can only say that early on, our inspiration for his behaviour and his mannerisms was all in Mad Max.”
He also talked a little about the broader movie universe as well. “It’s early days right now. »
Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.
Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character. »
Bram Stoker’s character Abraham Van Helsing has been presented onscreen in a number of different flavors (and with some varying first names) over the years. He’s been a genial academic, a boisterous obsessive, a badass monster hunter, and soon, a female badass monster hunter. The latest iteration of the character will be part of the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, where it looks like he’s going to be a mentally unstable, post-apocalyptic mercenary searching the wasteland for stores of aqua cola and guzzoline.
At least, that’s what we’re taking from HitFix’s interview with Eric Heisserer, who’s scripting Universal’s upcoming Van Helsing reboot with Jon Spaihts, who’s also writing Universal’s new Mummy movie. Heisserer reveals that their vision of the legendary vampire exterminator is cribbed a bit from George Miller’s Max Rockatansky. “Early on, our inspiration for his behavior and his »
- Dennis DiClaudio
I'm just going to come right out with it:
I think a Van Helsing film series is a brilliant concept.
That said, I don't have faith in anyone getting it right after that unruly mess of a Hugh Jackman movie in 2004. I think the concept is fantastic, though. You have a main character- a monster hunter (!!!)- that can, essentially, navigate his way throughout an entire shared, cinematic universe. And the universe he lives in is inhabited by legendary monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and The Mummy! And one of the things that made those monsters legendary was the mystique surrounding them, and the way they could be used sparingly to create maximum tension and anticipation. Therefore, the idea of making the star of those movies a single, human protagonist means you don't have to over-expose your famous beasts!
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Production on the first movie in Universal’s planned monsters universe, The Mummy, has officially wrapped. Shooting has been taking place in London over the past few weeks, but that all came to an end at the weekend as Tom Cruise and co. completed proceedings on a location shoot in the heart of the city.
Just Jared managed to post one final set pic which you can see below.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 16, 2016
Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Universal.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping »
- Paul Heath
Not much is yet known about Universal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Monster reboots, which have been racking up quite the cadre of A-list stars over the last several months. While shooting on The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is already complete and two of the other installments -- The Wolf Man and another untitled monster project -- have been given release dates, there are a total of six other films in the series that remain in some phase of development. One of those developing projects is Van Helsing, which is being scripted by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts and will serve as a big-screen vehicle for the eponymous monster-hunter who has been portrayed in various incarnations by Peter Cushing (Hammer’s Dracula series), Laurence Olivier (1979’s Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Hugh Jackman, who embodied the character in Stephen Sommers' »
- Chris Eggertsen
Last week, fans got their first look at The Mummy star Sofia Boutella with set photos as production continues. Filming has been under way since late April, when we got our first look at Tom Cruise and his co-star Annabelle Wallis. As production continues, we have even more photos of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis who are seen springing into action.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, featuring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis going on the run from unseen enemies. There is very little we know about the scene itself, except both actors are seen running from someone, or something. It's certainly possible that both stars were running from Sofia Boutella's title character, but we don't know for certain.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella}) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, »
Production has been under way on Universal's The Mummy since April, but there is still much we don't know about this upcoming adventure. Tom Cruise is set to star, although little is known about his character, with Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout star Sofia Boutella playing the title character, marking the first time in franchise history a female has played The Mummy. Today we have the first photos from the set with Sofia Boutella in action.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, giving us our first look at Sofia Boutella's costume as the title character, which come just a few months after our first look at Tom Cruise on the set. Unfortunately, we don't get a glimpse at any of the actress' co-stars, and it isn't exactly clear what is happening in this scene. One thing is for certain, though, her costume is certainly unique.
Thought safely entombed »
Fans who are looking forward to returning to the world of Kaijus and giant robots will have to wait a little under 2 years.
Universal Pictures and Legendary have announced that the Pacific Rim sequel will hit theaters on February 23, 2018. According to Deadline the upcoming sequel has that post-Presidents Day frame to itself for the time being; it’s between the openings of two Marvel movies: Blak Panther on February 16 and an untitled Fox/Marvel pic on March 2.
Steven S. DeKnight will make his directorial debut with Pacific Rim 2, replacing original director Guillermo del Toro. DeKnight will direct the giant monster/robot film based on a script by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts about a world overrun by giant monsters or 'Kaiju' who ravage cities in a post-apocalyptic Earth. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Deadline reports that Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on February 23rd, 2018. The film had previously been slated to come out in April 2017 and eventually in August of 2017 before being temporarily pulled off of the release calendar.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) recently signed on to the sequel to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. In addition to playing the lead role, Boyega's UpperRoom Productions will co-produce the sequel with Legendary.
Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will helm the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) was recently brought on to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim »
- Derek Anderson
Now that Captain America: Civil War has kicked off Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are looking forward to a new character being introduced on the big screen. Doctor Strange will be the second movie of Phase 3 when it hits theaters on November 4, and we got our first glimpse at the Sorcerer Supreme in action when the first trailer debuted back in April. While we wait for the next footage to be released, new merchandise photos give us perhaps our best look at this iconic costume yet.
The photos surfaced on Twitter earlier today, featuring our first look at mugs, lunchboxes and pint glasses featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. We don't know when these items will be up for sale yet, or how much they'll cost, but we can certainly expect a lot more merchandise to be revealed in the months ahead. Unfortunately, this merchandise doesn't offer »
According Deadline, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has signed on to be the lead role for the upcoming Pacific Rim 2. Boyega is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. The site also says that Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba from the first film. He also takes on a a producer credit for the sequel.
Steven S. DeKnight will make his directorial debut with Pacific Rim 2, replacing original director Guillermo del Toro. DeKnight will direct the giant monster/robot film based on a script by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts about a world overrun by giant monsters or 'Kaiju' who ravage cities in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Pacific Rim 2 will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year. »
- Kellvin Chavez
After defending South London from aliens in Attack the Block, John Boyega traveled to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the actor is now looking to come back to Earth’s defense in Pacific Rim 2.
Deadline reports that in Pacific Rim 2, Boyega is set to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. An influential officer in the fight against the Kaiju, Stacker died alongside Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky) while co-piloting the Jaeger Striker Eureka in a fight to seal the Breach. In addition to playing the lead role, Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions will co-produce the sequel with Legendary.
Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will helm the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) was recently brought on to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2, with an earlier draft »
- Derek Anderson
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Derek Connolly, the co-writer of Jurassic World, has been set to pen Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Legendary Pictures mechas vs. monsters directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Drafts of the sequel have already been worked on by del Toro, Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, at one point it was to have been set many years after the original movie where the monster-fighting robot suits known as Jaegers have become commonplace. It is unclear if Connolly is doing a page one rewrite or developing certain story ideas.
Pacific Rim was released summer 2013 and grossed $101 million at the domestic box office but went on to take in over $400 million worldwide. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Late last year, it looked like the often-delayed sequel Pacific Rim 2 wasn't ever going to happen, with some reports stating it was canceled altogether, while others claimed the sequel may still happen. Earlier this year, the project gained new life, when Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight came aboard to direct, replacing original Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro, who is remaining on board as a producer. Today we have word that Legendary Pictures has brought on Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly to craft the script.
The Pacific Rim 2 script was previously worked on by Guillermo del Toro, Zak Penn (Ready Player One) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). This report from The Hollywood Reporter states that it isn't clear if Derek Connolly is doing a full page-one rewrite, or if he is incorporating ideas from the previous drafts into his script. Earlier versions of the script reportedly took place several years »
Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) has had a full schedule the last several years, and it just got even busier now that Legendary has lined up the in-demand writer to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2.
According to THR, Connolly will step behind the keyboard for Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film that saw giant human-controlled robots known as Jaegers do battle against the colossal Kaiju with Earth’s fate hanging in the balance.
It was previously revealed that del Toro will produce but not direct the sequel, and that Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will instead step behind the camera to helm the follow-up film.
Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Doctor Strange, Prometheus) previously worked on the Pacific Rim 2 screenplay, with del Toro and Zak Penn also offering input on the story, but it’s unclear if Connolly will start from scratch or work »
- Derek Anderson
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