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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
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
He was the highest-grossing star of 2015, and now Dwayne Johnson – and his bank balance – have another reason to celebrate, as the former WWE star has been named by Forbes as the world’s highest paid actor, having made $64.5 million in the past year.
“Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder,” said The Rock on his Instagram following the announcement. “We not only want to ’embrace the grind’, but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you’re doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don’t ever forget where you came from. »
- Gary Collinson
Universal Pictures is certainly shooting high when it comes to casting for its Classic Monsters Universe. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are on board for The Mummy and Johnny Depp has signed on for The Invisible Man, while other rumoured names include Dwayne Johnson (The Wolf Man), Scarlett Johansson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Angelina Jolie (Bride of Frankenstein).
Well, it looks like we may soon be adding another name to the star-studded universe, with Variety reporting that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No County For Old Men) is in talks to star in Frankenstein, although it’s unclear whether he’ll be portraying Dr. Victor Frankenstein, or his monstrous creation.
The Universal Monsters movie universe is set to launch with The Mummy on June 9th 2017, followed by two as-yet-untitled releases on April 13th 2018 and February 15th »
- Gary Collinson
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One of Oli and Luke’s most anticipated cinematic universes on the horizon (and there are many) is Universal’s Classic Monster-Verse, with characters like Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Dracula.
The studio are going for the big names, too. Tom Cruise is already signed to star in The Mummy, and Scarlett Johansson being rumoured for Creature From The Black Lagoon. And the latest star reportedly in talks is Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson for The Wolf Man.
Yes. Yes please.
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Scooperhero News – are the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It’s probably too early to say, but not for Sony chairman Tom Rothman, who’s admitted his studio don’t know what they’re doing, so have deferred creative control of building a “whole Spider-Man universe” to Marvel. Meanwhile, over at DC, Zack Snyder all but confirms his arguments with Warner Bros., revealing the critical backlash to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has changed the tone of Justice League.
- Oli Davis
Universal Studios is trying to bring a lot of star power to its planned Shared Monster-verse. The latest rumor is that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will sign with Universal to play the Wolf Man in multiple films. Will the Rock’s star power help make the Universal Monsters Shared Continuity a success?
Universal Studios is a little late getting on-board the shared Universe train (which is ironic since they actually created the first shared Universe in 1943 when Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man came out) and they’re trying to stack the deck with big stars to help their shared monster-verse have the same success that Disney is having with Marvel films. So far, they’ve nailed down Tom Cruise for a Mummy remake (due out June 2017) and Johnny Depp for a new Invisible Man film (due April 2018). Russell Crowe is appearing as Dr. Jekyll in The Mummy which will probably lead to a Dr. »
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Horror in the ‘50s tended to lean towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum. And why wouldn’t it? This was the atomic age, and hiding under your school desk during a bomb drill (the safest place to be!) was scarier than any monster Hollywood could muster. So as a form of social moralizing (or an excuse to display giant, mutated lizards on screen), filmmakers merged the fear of nuclear annihilation with the need for entertainment. Most filmmakers, that is. Paul Landres’ The Vampire (1957) is a deliberate ride through the (mostly) human condition, small in scope but surprisingly big on emotion. Just don’t expect any vampires, radioactive, sparkly, or otherwise.
What you do get is a story much closer to Stevenson than Stoker, a simple riff on Jekyll and Hyde shot through a cautionary tale about America’s then growing concern with pill poppin’. The Vampire is more concerned »
- Scott Drebit
With Universal gearing up to launch its Classic Monsters universe, Deadline is reporting that the studio is looking to bring Dwayne Johnson into the fold, with the actor rumoured to be wanted for the lead in The Wolf Man.
The Wolf Man was released in 1941 and starred Lon Chaney, Jr. as the titular werewolf, with Chaney going on to reprise the role in four sequels, making him the only Universal Monster to be portrayed by the same actor in all of his 1940s movie appearances. The film was remade by Joe Johnston in 2010, with Benicio del Toro starring as Lawrence Talbot.
Should Johnson sign on to the project, he would join Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as The Mummy and Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both of whom will appear in next year’s Mummy reboot.
- Gary Collinson
What is happening with Universal's rebooted monster universe? A new rumor about The Wolf Man confirms a likely strategy for the studio. According to Deadline: "There are persistent rumors Universal wants [Dwayne Johnson] howling at the moon when it gets around to the Wolf Man movie that is part of its classic monsters franchise revival plans." Johnson is already incredibly busy, but if these rumors prove to be true, the casting of Johnson would confirm that Universal is building their new action-thriller monster movies around big stars. That makes sense, since the goal is evidently to reach wider audences than might be expected for straightforward horror movies. Tom Cruise, for example, is already busy starring in The Mummy, now in production. Russell Crowe is...
- Peter Martin
For a guy who’s so well-shaven that you won’t find a single hair on his head or body, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may seem like an odd choice to play the hairiest movie monster of them all. Then again, The… Continue Reading →
The post Will The Rock Lay the Smack Down as The Wolf Man? appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
I’ll give Universal this much: they appear to be hellbent on ensuring that their upcoming Universal monster revivals are major events. The original films were B-movies in the classic sense of the word, produced for small budgets by clever filmmakers forced to work within the confines of a genre that many audiences and artists simply did not take […]
- Jacob Hall
What is happening with Universal's rebooted monster universe? A new rumor about The Wolf Man confirms a likely strategy for the studio. According to Deadline: "There are persistent rumors Universal wants [Dwayne Johnson] howling at the Moon when it gets around to the Wolf Man movie that is part of its classic monsters franchise revival plans." Johnson is already incredibly busy, but if these rumors prove to be true, the casting of Johnson would confirm that Universal is...
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Dwayne Johnson as The Wolf Man? Now I’m interested. Of all the Universal monsters, The Wolf Man remains the most human, and while I don’t think Lon Chaney Jr. was a strong overall actor, he was perfectly matched with the character when he played Lawrence Talbot for Universal. The thing that made Chaney so right for the role was the air of sadness that he carried with him, that resigned fear of his own nature as each new full moon approached. He didn’t want to be a monster, and he fought against it as much as he could. He went out of his way to try to keep other people safe. And he was haunted by the knowledge that the only true release from his curse was death. The real Chaney seemed to have his own permanent dark cloud, so it’s hard to tell just how »
- Drew McWeeny
According to our sums, Dwayne Johnson currently has around 17 different movie projects on the burner in various stages of development. And now, it looks like it may have jumped to 19.See also: the 17 upcoming movies of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Firstly, he’s set to produce an adaptation of the graphic novel Son Of Shaolin, that’s being set up over as Sony. The graphic novel was written and created by Jay Longino, and right now, Johnson’s involvement is purely in a producing capacity. However, there’s already a suggestion that he’ll appear on-screen as well.
Furthermore, it’s also being suggested that Universal wants him for its upcoming reboot of The Wolf Man. The studio is busy setting up its classic monsters movie universe, and Johnson is reportedly »
When Universal Pictures started their Monster Universe a few years ago, there had been talk of several different classic projects getting rebooted. Dracula Untold became the first installment in this franchise, after a post-credit scene featured Luke Evans' title character showed him emerging in present day. The Mummy reboot will be next out of the gate, hitting theaters next June. But we aren't sure which project is moving forward next. Today we have word that the studio wants Dwayne Johnson to star in their modern update of The Wolf Man.
Buried within Deadline's report about Dwayne Johnson setting up another project at Sony entitled Son of Shaolin, the site claims there are "persistent rumors" that Universal wants the actor to portray the title character, although it isn't clear when that project may get off the ground. If it's far enough down the line, it's possible that Dwayne Johnson may »
Benicio del Toro played The Wolfman in the movie of the same name back in 2010, but it now appears as if this iconic monster is about to get a whole lot more muscular in Universal's planned reboot of the franchise. Like The Mummy (which stars Tom Cruise) and the various other monster movies the studio currently has in the works, The Wolf Man will be part of the shared universe they're trying to create. Deadline mentions in a report about Jay Longino's Son Of Shaolin being adapted by Sony that, "there are persistent rumors Universal wants [Dwayne Johnson] howling at the moon when it gets around to the Wolf Man movie that is part of its classic monsters franchise revival plans." Nothing is set in stone just yet then, but you have to admit that it would be fun seeing the former wrestler in that role. Johnson has a lot of big roles on the horizon, »
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Frederick Wiseman‘s High School begins a week-long run.
A 35mm print of Carol screens on Saturday night.
- Nick Newman
March 22nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, featuring a handful of cult classics, a thriller with the likes of Val Kilmer and Michael Madsen, Goth Katie Holmes fighting against the oppressive nature of her educational system, cowboys taking on prehistoric creatures, and a special edition of Fear the Walking Dead’s inaugural season. Yes, there’s truly something for almost every genre fan.
Notable home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday include Disturbing Behavior (from The X-Files alum David Nutter), The Black Sleep, Donovan’s Brain, Kill Me Again, All Hell Breaks Loose, Curse of the Poltergeist, Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs, and as mentioned above, Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Special Edition.
- Heather Wixson
If you look down the list of the biggest hits of all time (adjusted for inflation), it could double as an All Time Best list. Jaws is on there, of course, as are Star Wars, E.T. and The Exorcist. Further down, you’ll find the likes of Back To The Future, Ghostbusters and Blazing Saddles. A relative what’s what of Hollywood accomplishments.
Now look down the list of box office bombs, and note the drop off in quality: Cutthroat Island is on there, of course, as are Heaven’s Gate and The Adventures Of Pluto Nash. Further down, you’ll find the likes of A Sound Of Thunder, Sahara and The Wolf Man. If you haven’t seen them, here’s a one-word review: “Meh.”
It’s probably an oversimplification, but if you were to compile a list of blah movies you regret watching, it would closely »
- Ian Watson
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