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First the Jaws attraction sets sail for the junkyard, and now this. Universal Studios' Universal House of Horrors attraction is closing its doors this coming September 1st. There's just no love for the classics anymore.
Sure Jaws was even more tragic as it was around for so long, and admittedly, the year 'round attraction was on the tame side of the fence, but it stood for something. The news comes to us from Inside Universal, who write: "Universal’s House of Horrors will close permanently on September 1, 2014. The attraction will be replaced by a venue with dining, shopping and entertainment options."
Introduced in 2007 as a replacement to Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula (thank god), Universal’s House of Horrors was a year-round maze modeled after Universal’s classic movie monsters, including Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man.
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- Steve Barton
One of the most consistently strong screenwriters of blockbusters action (Transformers, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek), Alex Kurtzman is finally starting to get some choice directorial projects. Last December, it was announced that he would direct a Venom spin-off movie for Sony. Now, Kurtzman has been tapped to direct a reboot of The Mummy for Universal, as part of the studio’s new experiment to have an extended universe of monster films starring properties like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
“Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology,” Jeff Kirschenbaum, Universal’s co-president of production, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”
Kurtzman was already writing and producing the Mummy reboot with Fast and Furious »
- Jordan Adler
It was recently revealed that Universal had decided to take advantage of their library of classic movie monsters (which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, and The Mummy) by hiring Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to expand and unify a world featuring these characters.
Well, it has been confirmed tonight that Kurtzman will direct The Mummy for the studio in preparation for a release date of April 22nd, 2016. It’s set to be the first instalment in a new wave of monster movies, so there will be a lot of pressure on the writer to make this a success and set the tone moving forwards.
The original trilogy was helmed by Steve Sommers and starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. The franchise grossed north of $1.2 billion, but it’s been a struggle to get this reboot going as both Len Wiseman (Total Recall »
- Josh Wilding
They came from crypts, coffins, castles, and even outer space. Universal monsters like Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man continue to be the proper introduction for viewers entering the hallowed halls of classic horror films for the first time. These characters have endured over the decades, and now Funko is extending the legacies of eight Universal monsters by giving them the Pop! Vinyl treatment.
Coming out this September are the following iconic characters in Pop! Vinyl form, for around $9.99 apiece:
Below we have an early look at the figures, via Entertainment Earth and Trampt:
The post Funko Reveals Universal Monsters Vinyl Figures appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
Funko has carved out an incredible niche for itself with its awesomely cute Pop! Vinyl series, which grows more and more monstrous in the most amazing of ways! Next up for the purveyors of all that is tiny and cool? The Universal Monsters.
The bad boys (and Bride) you see below will be available in September.
It's a perfect night for mystery and horror! The air itself is filled with... monsters!
Funko is bringing the legendary Universal Monsters to life in a new Pop! series! Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Metaluna Mutant, and Phantom of the Opera are all creepy cute!
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- Steve Barton
Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Dracula. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.
Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with Van Helsing and The Wolfman among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.
At the moment Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-man) and Chris Morgan (The Fast And The Furious) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is The Mummy, pencilled in for 2016.
So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Even though Universal Pictures has several lucrative franchises, like "Fast and Furious," "Despicable Me," "Jason Bourne" and "Jurassic Park," the studio believes it has something just as valuable, which is its classic movie monsters. Those monsters include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal wants to take these creatures and create a movie plan similar to what Marvel has done with its superheroes. Everthing is still in early stages of development, but the project is under the control of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman wrote such films as "Transformers," "Star Trek" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." While Morgan is the writer behind five "Fast and Furious" installments. Universal has already given us plenty of monsters movies, but the new plan is to create a cohesive and connected approach, rather than a series of stand-alone projects. The entire »
The studio is seeking to reboot and unify its many horror properties, reports Deadline.
Kurtzman is best known as the writing and producing partner of Roberto Orci on properties including Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. The pair recently announced their decision to work on separate projects.
Morgan wrote five of Universal's popular Fast and Furious films.
The first film will be The Mummy, which is planned for release on April 22, 2016.
The monster movie plans follow various attempts to create unified superhero movie franchises, most successfully under Marvel Studios. »
Monsters are to Universal what superheroes are to Marvel. That's what the studio has to offer from their library – reboots and reboots from a long list of classic monster franchises. And the studio is very serious about creating this cinematic universe. Universal has hired Alex Kurtzman, who worked on Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Chris Morgan, who wrote the Fast and the Furious movies, to kickstart the reboots of Universal's monster franchises.
Universal Monsters properties include characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first title the two will team on is The Mummy reboot, which is set to hit theaters on April 22, 2016.
The Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, a la Marvel Cinematic Universe, is still in very early stages, but word is that Kurtzman and Morgan have already begun to take meetings with directors and writers. However, »
- Laura Frances
Well, you can't be a movie studio now unless you've got your own movie universe to play with, it seems. Disney has Star Wars and Marvel, Warner Bros has the DC Universe, Fox has X-Men, Sony has Spider-Man. and now Universal has got in on the game too. It's putting together a cinematic universe for its catalogue of classic monsters, and it's tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to head it up.
Work is already underway on the first of the new raft of films, a reboot of The Mummy that's set to land in cinemas on April 22nd 2016. Beyond that, Universal is looking to bring the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon back to the big screen. »
Universal Pictures is a studio light on franchises, hence why they’re moving ahead with a sequel to the underwhelming Bourne movie starring Jeremy Renner and have decided to team with Legendary Pictures for a sequel to box office flop, Pacific Rim. Of course, they still have the Fast & Furious movies, while Jurassic World looks set to introduce a whole new generation of moviegoers to that franchise.
Regardless, the studio has now made the smart decision to take advantage of their library of classic and iconic movie monsters which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy.
It was revealed last night that, “Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage.” In order to do this, they’ve enlisted the help of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan »
- Josh Wilding
Universal Pictures has brought on Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to develop a widespread cinematic universe that will connect a number of the studio's classic monster franchises, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and many more.
It isn't clear yet if Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7) will write the projects themselves, but the filmmakers will reportedly start scouring for talent soon to bring this massive initiative to life.
The studio has pulled from its extensive library for individual titles such as The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman and this fall's Dracula Untold, but this is the first time Universal wants to create a universe with all of the characters under the same cinematic roof.
The first project to launch this endeavor will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is already »
If comic book heroes can have shared universes, why can't classic monsters? Universal Pictures has announced major plans to revitalize its heritage by developing a "substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories".
In layman's terms, it means its library of monster movie properties - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy - are about to get a shared onscreen universe deal akin to the Marvel Studios films.
"Star Trek," "Transformers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" co-scribe Alex Kurtzman along with "Wanted" and regular "Fast and the Furious" series scribe Chris Morgan are the architects behind the interconnected slate, though it's unclear if either will write any of the projects planned.
Morgan and Kurtzman will work closely the studio's various arms to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects »
- Garth Franklin
The first rumblings that Universal would be seeking out Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to develop a remake of The Mummy began in September 2012 with Len Wiseman (Underworld) in talks to direct a script from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Now Orci and Kurtzman have split and Kurtzman remains on the project, Wiseman is no longer attached and Chris Morgan (Fast Five screenwriter) now involved, though to what capacity is unclear, though it does seem as if Spaihts' script is out the window. Even more than all of that, the goal is to not only reboot The Mummy, but to create a "cinematic universe" surrounding Universal's classic monsters, which also includes Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man. You know, the new Marvel formula of creating a universe so as to ensure one hit leads to several. It »
- Brad Brevet
Today, Deadline is reporting that Universal has selected Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will be in charge of creating a shared cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Kurtzman is best known for collaborating with Roberto Orci on screenplays/stories for Michael Bay'sTransformers films, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man films. While Chris Morgan has written five of The Fast & Furious films. For a long stretch Universal let their classic movie monsters collect dust, but in the past few decades they've attempted to reboot those franchises with films like: The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold. Now Kurtzman and Morgan will nurture a cinematic universe that will connect all of the monsters in their stable. "They’ve begun the »
Last year, we reported that Universal had hired Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to create a crossover universe employing the studios famous monsters such as Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, et al. But a few months ago, Orci and Kurtzman dissolved their long partnership, and have gone their separate ways. However, Universal still wants their Avengers-style crossover world featuring the studio's treasured creatures, and has now brought on Chris Morgan to team up with Kurtzman on the project. Morgan is a favorite at the studio having written the scripts for every Fast & Furious movie since Tokyo Drift, which is good because when I go to a Fast & Furious movie, it's because of the screenwriting. Hit the jump for more on what Kurtzman, Morgan, and Universal have planned for the classic monsters. According to Deadline, Universal wants to create a unified world for their monsters. Presumably, this includes the monsters that »
- Matt Goldberg
Though modern audiences probably know Universal most for its Despicable Me, Fast & Furious and Jurassic Park franchises, the studio actually holds the rights to many much older franchises centered on classic movie monsters now considered to be old relics. I’m talking Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, the Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, The Mummy and more. Though Universal did attempt to breathe new life into one of those icons with The Wolf Man back in 2010, the film came off as a haphazardly constructed creature feature with great make-up and a thin story, and it didn’t open any doors for the studio.
Now, however, Universal is taking another swing at bringing back its movie monsters, developing a new production endeavor that will be devoting to revitalizing several of those classic creatures. Today, it was revealed that the studio has tapped Alex Kurtzman and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Before their recent professional parting of the ways, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman were slated to produce a reboot of The Mummy and Van Helsing for Universal Pictures. At the time there were rumblings that there might be a plan to use the various classic movie monster franchises from Universal's rich history to create some kind of universe akin to Marvel's lead-up to The Avengers. Orci said, "There's an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe." Now those plans are coming together. However, Orci is no longer involved in this endeavor. Instead, Deadline reports Alex Kurtzman will team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to produce and develop reboots of Universal's most revered movie monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, »
- Ethan Anderton
It worked for Marvel and now Universal is hoping it works for their monsters. A new report says Universal Studios is in the early stages of creating “a substantial new production endeavor” which will “expand and unify” the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the […]
- Germain Lussier
Exclusive: In recent years Universal Pictures has become defined by its The Fast And The Furious, Despicable Me, Bourne and Jurassic Park franchises. But the studio’s most enduring legacy is its library of classic movie monsters that include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage. The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects […] »
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