18 items from 2016
Tony Black on whether the Universal Monsters will deliver the next big cinematic franchise…
You all remember The Mummy, right? Brendan Fraser doing his best Harrison Ford impression while Arnold Vosloo pranced around in a gold nappy trying to hide his broad South African brogue. Rather good, wasn’t it? You may be surprised to learn it came out in 1999. Some readers of this may not have been born then! The Mummy Returns followed in 2001 and then The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008 (but we don’t talk about that), with a Dwayne Johnson-starring The Scorpion King spin-off wedged in between. Had these films all came out a decade later, chances are they would have been much more of a cinematic universe, which of course are hot stuff these days thanks to Marvel’s successes in the superhero genre. Universal Pictures got into the act last year »
- Tony Black
At one time, it was believed that Dracula Untold would mark the beginning of a Universal movie monster universe, inspired by all the classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and more. However, since that movie tanked at the box office, I’m willing to bet it won’t be mentioned in Universal’s new […]
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- Ethan Anderton
The word in Hollywood right now is that Russell Crowe is in early talks to join Universal Pictures’ classic monsters universe alongside Tom Cruise in The Mummy. Crowe would play a Dr. Jekyll type of role. The Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features.
It is unclear whether this could lead to a future spinoff for Crowe. The only other undisclosed monster film might be The Invisible Man with Johnny Depp poised to play the role originated by Claude Rains.
Alex Kurtzman is directing The Mummy from a screenplay written by Jon Spaihts. Details of the story are being kept under wraps. 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 »
- Kellvin Chavez
Both of the Siodmak brothers made indelible contributions to genre filmmaking, particularly Robert Siodmak’s sterling film noir titles. His brother, Curt Siodmak was more recognizable as a screenwriter, penning a variety of B horror titles such as The Wolf Man (1941) and usually assigned to pen sequels to a number of other franchises, such as The Invisible Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein. Oddly, his 1942 science fiction novel Donovan’s Brain would receive three separate cinematic adaptations of its own (including The Lady and the Monster in 1944 and The Brain in 1962), all informed by particular topical elements of the decade they were mounted in, though none of them particularly astounding in their rudimentary illustrations of science gone wrong.
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Bernard Rose.
An eccentric pair of scientists create a human monster in modern-day Los Angeles.
Another year, another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel but there is a twist to this one as it sticks very closely to its source material but updates the setting to modern-day Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time that a gothic horror story has been given a contemporary makeover (Dracula A.D. 1972 springs to mind, along with countless retellings of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, etc.) and Frankenstein has proven to be the most popular of the classic movie monsters to revisit in recent years but so far nobody seems to have gotten the formula for updating it right. So has Candyman director Bernard Rose managed to crack it?
Pretty much, »
- Amie Cranswick
It’s been a busy week in Hollywood! Check out some highlights below and then head off to see Deadpool again. We know you were at the Thursday previews … We all were, which is why Ryan Reynolds’ revamped superhero broke box-office records. The $12.7 million dollars it raked in Thursday night was more than any other R-rated movie had in the whole history of ever. Both fans and critics are in love with it. Even Last Golden Girl Standing Betty White raved about it! (Warning: Nsfw language, so listen with your earbuds!)
• Following in the wake of MTV’s successful Scream (and Fox’s less successful Scream Queens), Freeform (the erstwhile ABC Family) is jumping on the horror bandwagon with Dead Of Summer. Conceived by Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the show cast two of the stars from their fairy-tale series: Elizabeth Mitchell, who played Ingrid, »
- Harker Jones
Actor Johnny Depp has signed on to star in Universal Pictures' remake of "The Invisible Man." Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are producing a new line-up of classic Universal monster films by revamping them for today's audience. The film will be based off of the 1933 film, "The Invisible Man", which was directed by James Whale who is responsible for making the original "Frankenstein" and "Bride Of Frankenstein."
The 1933 film followed scientist Jack Griffin who was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley's daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion's Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. Unfortunately, the drug he used has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He's prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance, and several will die in the process. »
- J.B. Casas
Various screen adaptations of Wells' work have taken place over the years from the most faithful version with the 1984 BBC mini-series, to more elaborate cinematic spins such as John Carpenter's "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" and Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man".
The project currently has no director or writer attached, but is a part of the studio's attempt to build a new cinematic universe around its classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Having brought in Tom Cruise a couple of weeks back to star in The Mummy, it looks like Universal are looking to go after Hollywood’s ‘big guns’ for their Monsters Universe, as Deadline are reporting that Johnny Depp has signed to star in The Invisible Man.
There’s no word yet on a director for the movie, but Alex Kurtzman (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is overseeing the whole universe and will direct The Mummy, which is set for release on June 9 2017. The Invisible Man will join Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Wolf Man before they all come together for a team-up movie, rumoured to be Van Helsing.
No word yet on whether Depp will play The Invisible Man, but it assumed he will.
- Luke Owen
Universal.s Monsters Universe started to really gain some traction when Tom Cruise signed on to play the (non-mummy) lead in The Mummy. Now, another big star has decided to join the Monsters Universe fray. A report from The Wrap is saying that Johnny Depp is now attached to a new version of The Invisible Man. Unlike Tom Cruise.s part in The Mummy, Depp is likely taking on the title role. The Invisible Man had a film adaptation in 1933. The story is based on The H.G. Wells book of the same title, which was published in 1897. In the novel, The Invisible Man is a scientist who.s been researching optics and comes up with a way to change the human body so that it absorbs and reflects light, thereby becoming invisible. The movie took a slightly different tack, having that scientist experiment with a drug that makes him »
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, »
Universal's Monster reboots just nabbed another A-list star in the form of Johnny Depp -- you may have heard of him! The aggressively quirky thesp will take the "stupid money" once again to (presumably) play the title role in The Invisible Man, the latest announced installment in the studio's interconnected, Marvel-style series of films that will serve up new iterations of iconic silver-screen ghouls including Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolf Man. Tom Cruise was previously announced as the star of The Mummy. Based on the H.G. Wells novel about a scientist who goes insane after discovering a way to become invisible, the Invisible Man was originally played by Claude Rains in Universal's 1933 version. Kevin Bacon played the character most recently on the big-screen, in Paul Verhoeven's 2000 film Hollow Man. [Deadline] »
- Chris Eggertsen
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
Morgan and Kurtzman will now look to tap a writer to pen the reboot; no timetable has been set for production. Exec VP Jon Mone and VP Jay Polidoro will oversee production for Universal.
- Justin Kroll
Deadline is reporting tonight that Johnny Depp will star in Universal’s upcoming remake of The Invisible Man, the next piece in the puzzle of the studio’s new, classic movie monsters universe, which technically began with 2014’s Dracula Untold. We say technically because recent reports have led us to believe that due to that film’s poor performance, the character may be seeing another reboot to fit in with this new cinematic universe.
In addition to Depp, Universal also landed Tom Cruise for The Mummy, which Kurtzman is directing. Also in line for reboots are the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, among others. So, it’s clear that »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Johnny Depp has been set to star in The Invisible Man for Universal Pictures, part of the studio's new production initiative to reestablish the classic movie monsters that is a cornerstone legacy for the studio. That effort is being led by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who’ll produce. Universal’s first foray into the character was a 1933 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel that starred Claude Rains as a scientist who finds a way to become invisible. The price… »
Universal Pictures are really courting the highest level of A-list talent for their upcoming Monster Movie Universe and they've just landed another extremely big fish in the form of 3x Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp. Deadline is reporting that Depp has signed on to star in The Invisible Man, which will be a reimagining of the 1933 original that starred Claude Rains as a scientist who discovers a way to make himself invisible, but loses his sanity in the process. Further details on the film's development were unavailable, but The Hollywood Reporter adds that Ed Solomon (Men In Black) will likely pen the script. Alex Kurtzman & Chris Morgan, the architects of the Monster Movie Universe, are on-board as producers. Depp, who recently had an acclaimed turn in Warner Bros.' Black Mass and will be seen next in Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass in May and »
18 items from 2016
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