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It appears as though Universal are not messing about when it comes to casting their upcoming Monsters Universe. Following the news that they’re looking to cast Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) as The Bride of Frankenstein and Scarlet Johansson in Creature From the Black Lagoon, Variety are reporting that they’re in talks with Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) to star in The Mummy.
Alex Kurtzman is overseeing the Monsters Universe, and will direct this reboot. Plot details are vague, but reports are suggesting that the movie will be set in present day, unlike all previous Universal Mummy movies.
Their Monsters Universe will see classic Universal Monsters such as The Wolf Man, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster get solo movies before culminating in an Avengers-style team-up movie. Rumours are also suggesting that the monsters may show up in each other’s films. »
- Luke Owen
It sounds like Universal Pictures is really looking for the highest level of A-list talent to headline their upcoming shared monster movie universe as a day after news broke that Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) was being courted for Bride Of Frankenstein, Variety has learned that global superstar Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) is currently in talks to star in Universal's reboot of The Mummy, subsequently lending a helping hand to Universal as they work toward launching their monster universe. Plot details are scarce, but the film has been confirmed to be set in present day, unlike the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy. This time around, rumor has it that the Mummy will most likely be a female, and that Cruise may be playing an ex-Navy seal. Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) is on-board to direct and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange; Passengers) is currently penning the script. Kurtzman will »
Variety reports that actor Tom Cruise is in talks to headline director Alex Kurtzman’s “The Mummy” reboot for Universal Pictures. Universal recently tapped Kurtzman and “Fast & Furious” producer Chris Morgan to oversee their classic monster franchises such as “Dracula”, “Bride of Frankenstein”, “The Wolfman”, and “The Mummy” in a shared cinematic universe.
Cruise is currently filming Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with director Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”). Cruise was also in negotiations to reteam with his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman for the sci-fi film, “Luna Park »
- J.B. Casas
Update: Deadline have debunked the rumours of Cruise casting in The Mummy reboot, saying “both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film.”
It looks like Universal are really going for it in terms of their planned monster movie universe. Yesterday we heard that they want Angelina Jolie for The Bride Of Frankenstein and now it seems that Tom Cruise is being courted for a role in The Mummy reboot.
- Paul Heath
Variety is reporting that Tom Cruise is in talks to take the lead in Universal's reboot of their The Mummy franchise. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange and Passengers) is penning the script. Alex Kurtzman (Stark Trek and Into Darkness, Aliens and Cowboys) was asked by Universal to start up their monster films again, along with Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7). He will direct the pic. What we have assembled before us is some serious studio firepower. The film is to be set in present day, unlike its predecessors, and the Universal monster films will all tie in together at some point. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other's installments before culminating in an "Avengers"-style tie-in film.Oh, goody...
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Last week, a report surfaced that offered new insight into Universal Pictures' Monsters Shared Universe franchise, which is being lead by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. While last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" for this shared universe, the first full-fledged adventure will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which will start shooting in early 2016. Today we have a new report from Variety, which claims that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the Mummy reboot, although reps from both the studio and the actor tell Deadline that he is not in contention to star at all.
The Variety report claims that Tom Cruise won't produce, but he is expected to be involved in the development. Jon Spaihts (Passengers) is writing the screenplay, with director Alex Kurtzman also set to produce with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel. All of the characters in this monster universe, »
Slated for a March 24th, 2017 theatrical release, The Mummy is expected to be the first of many Universal Monster movie reboots, with the ultimate goal being to create a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, the titular characters from Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Comprised of a sizable creative team of ten writers, the Universal Monsters reboot initiative is being headed by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, with the former set to be in the director's chair for The Mummy reboot. »
- Derek Anderson
There is no reverse engineering of the Marvel formula more risky right now than what Universal is attempting with their shared universe of monster movies. That risk reportedly just got a little less terrifying for the studio, though, if Tom Cruise really is in talks to star in "The Mummy," the first film that they're using to help launch what they hope will be a major cornerstone of this new franchise. That's a huge win for the studio, and Cruise is one of those guys who works tirelessly once he's signed on to something. Considering how important he will be to the entire monster universe, not just his one film, this is a big moment for Universal. In essence, this is their Robert Downey Jr., which seems like an interesting echo when you realize that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to play Tony Stark for New Line in their "Iron Man" movie. »
- Drew McWeeny
Update: Well, that was fast. Deadline reports that the story from their sister site is bunk. Move along, nothing to see here. According to the team behind Universal's developing monster movie cinematic universe (sigh), the films will be so much more than just creature features. “This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of ‘where do I belong in the world?’ ” screenwriter Chris Morgan, who is teaming with Alex Kurtzman to oversee the brain trust responsible for these movies, told Variety. At any rate, that whole this-aint'-just-a-monster-movie spiel is possibly what convinced a major A-list star to jump aboard. THR reports Tom Cruise is in talks for "The Mummy." Seriously. There are little in the way of details about what the Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus," "Doctor Strange," "Passengers")-penned script will be about, but I'd wager Cruise's involvement will depend on who is directing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s reboot of the classic, “The Mummy,” an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day, while other plot details remain under wraps. Alex Kurtzman is on board to direct, while Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. Also Read: Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 6' A Universal spokesperson had no comment. The reboot is set for a March 24, 2017 release date, while the »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
Update: Contrary to today’s report, Deadline has relayed a statement from Universal which reveals that Tom Cruise isn’t involved in the studio’s Mummy reboot.
“Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film,” reports Deadline. “He is currently filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting next August.”
Original Story: According to Variety, Universal has found a star for their upcoming reboot of The Mummy in the form of Tom Cruise. The actor is currently in talks to lead the film, which is being penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and is one of several movies that will help launch the studio’s new franchise of monster flicks.
- Mark Cassidy
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where 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. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.
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’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.
Universal’s executive VP of production »
- Justin Kroll
Jon Spaihts is penning the script which is set in present day, but plot specifics are being kept vague. Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are behind the project and the initiative which will see them shepherding a cinematic universe that will use and mingle characters from Universal's classic monster movie library. Kurtzman will direct and both will produce this particular outing.
Universal is not commenting on casting reports regarding the project at this time. Part of the reason for Cruise's involvement is scheduling. He is currently filming "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" and was to shoot Doug Liman's "Luna" early next year ahead of a "Mission: Impossible 6" shoot in August.
With Liman's »
- Garth Franklin
Potential "Alien: Covenant" Spoilers Ahead
An intriguing but completely unconfirmed rumor regarding Ridley Scott's upcoming "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" has gone up at Scified today which says that not one but Two xenomorph aliens will be seen in the upcoming film, and that Fassbender's android character David will play a part in creating one of them - a creature akin to the 'ultramorph' creation seen in Jon Spaihts' original script draft for "Prometheus":
"The movie will have two monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The New Monster is a New Event, so it's nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this new monster is going to be based off of the original concept that Alien drew influence from.
This idea is something they had planned »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is called Alien: Covenant. It will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Today, Scified has new insight into this plot, and their sources claim that two xenomorph aliens will be wrecking havoc in the movie. And yes, David, playing God, has a hand in creating one of them.
None of this information has been confirmed by the studio or Ridley Scott. So it's only being considered a rumor for now. »
Last week, Universal Pictures unveiled new details about their Universal Monsters Shared Universe, which will officially kick off in 2017 with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. The end credits scene in last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" to this universe. One of the several other projects in development at Universal is a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the studio is eyeing Angelina Jolie to star as the title character. With Universal financing her latest directorial effort, By the Sea, the actress may be more inclined to star in Bride of Frankenstein, to return the favor for By the Sea, which has tanked at the box office, earning just $313,000 after two weeks in theaters.
Universal Pictures is one of the few major studios that does not have any superhero franchises to build. Instead of trying to find an obscure comic book property to develop, the studio decided to delve into its iconic horror movie franchises by announcing a monster movie universe that relaunches classic genre icons like The Mummy and many more. Many assumed that the studio was copying the same successful template Marvel Studios uses for its Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a new report from Variety reveals the studio is taking a slightly different approach, while still borrowing elements from the McU. Here's what Universal Pictures' Donna Langley had to say, confirming these Universal monsters will interact with each other.
"The characters will interact with each other across movies. We're incubating it at the moment, and we're taking the time to get it right."
Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, »
When the final credits rolled on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in 2012, the cloying sensation was not of wondrous, terrifying stories still to be told, but of writers having just painted themselves into a corner.
We watched as Noomi Rapace’s wide-eyed space archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw blasted off in a commandeered alien ship, her stated aim being to find the home planet of the Engineers. Her only companion on the journey was a severed head belonging to David (Michael Fassbender), a character she enjoyed a fractious relationship with, to say the least.
The galactic adventures of an archaeologist and her pet severed head doesn’t, at least to our ears, sound like the most exciting premise for a sequel. And even Prometheus’ fan-baiting final shot, »
The Wrap reports that martial artist turned actor Scott Adkins has joined the cast of Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"). Sources close to the production say Adkins will be filming multiple action sequences including hand-to-hand combat.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing "Doctor Strange" with a script written by "Prometheus" screenwriter Jon Spaihts. Adkins' film credits include "The Bourne Ultimatum", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Zero Dark Thirty", and "The Expendables 2."
The full cast for "Doctor Strange" includes Benedict Cumberbatch ("Black Mass"), Tilda Swinton ("Trainwreck"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Rachel McAdams ("True Detective"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire"), and Amy Landecker ("Transparent").
"Doctor Strange" opens in theaters November 4th, 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- J.B. Casas
Just two days after Amy Landecker signed on for a mystery role in Doctor Strange, the Marvel adventure has brought on another new cast member. The Wrap reports that Scott Adkins has joined the cast in an unspecified role. The actor is best known for his martial arts expertise, and sources claim that the actor will have numerous major action scenes featuring hand-to-hand combat. We don't know for sure if this character will be fighting Doctor Strange himself, but hopefully we'll get more details as production continues.
Regardless of who he's playing, Scott Adkins joins a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West and Rachel McAdams as the female lead. Rachel McAdams has been rumored to be playing Night Nurse, but that has not been confirmed. It isn't known how many other main »
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