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After announcing last year that the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will be "restarted" with the new movie The Silver Chair, the producers have finally found their director. Joe Johnston has signed on to direct this fantasy adventure, marking his first movie since the 2014 thriller Not Safe For Work. No cast members have been set at this time, but this story will feature characters from the original C.S. Lewis novels, who haven't been featured in any of the previous movies.
Variety broke the news today, which comes eight months after producer Mark Gordon joined forces with Sony's TriStar Pictures, eOne and The C.S. Lewis Company for this restart. David Magee came aboard to write the screenplay in 2013, although the studios haven't set a release date or a production start date at this time quite yet. Here's what producer Mark Gordon had to say about bringing Joe Johnston in to direct The Silver Chair. »
In a few months, we will be getting a reboot of the Universal monster franchise, The Mummy. This film will kick off a shared universe of monsters that contain such iconic characters as the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Dracula.
We’ve only seen a teaser and a trailer for one film thus far, but Universal is still starting to put all the other pieces in place in case of success. We already know they’re starting work on other films like The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, but it sounds like they’re already taking some pretty big steps for another film of theirs, Bride of Frankenstein.
- Joseph Medina
Seems like writer Will Beall enjoys a good romp underwater, as Deadline is reporting tonight that after penning Aquaman for James Wan and Warner Bros., the scribe will head over to Universal to put together the script for Creature from the Black Lagoon, a remake of the 1954 classic which will also slot into the studio’s budding Monsters Universe. Of course, that’s all set to kick off with The Mummy this summer and Black Lagoon looks to be another exciting piece of the puzzle.
Not much is known about the project just yet, but Universal’s been working on this one for a while, trying to bring everything together. The original told the story of a “group of scientists on an expedition through the Amazon who discover a human-fish hybrid.” We imagine this new take on the film will follow a similar path, but at this time, we’ve »
- Josh Wilding
Universal’s reboot of The Mummy hits cinemas this summer, launching the studio’s shared universe centred around its stable of classic Monsters.
Over the next few years, we can look forward to new versions of The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, but it won’t only be the monsters themselves taking centre stage, as Universal has also tapped screenwriters Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (Passengers) to pen a Van Helsing reboot, based of course on the iconic vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And, speaking to Collider, Heisserer has offered up some comments about the tone the duo are going for with their screenplay.
“I can say that my intent stepping in was to make it as scary as possible, partly because I know how to do that, and also because when you’re the »
- Gary Collinson
Last fall, Universal Studios Home Entertainment gave horror fans an early Halloween treat with their Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray box sets for Frankenstein's monster and The Wolf Man. This spring, two more Universal Monsters will get their due, as Dracula and The Mummy are also getting the Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray treatment.
The respective Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray box sets for Dracula and The Mummy are scheduled for a May 16th release. Although the full list of films for each collection have not been announced, it's likely that they will contain the same films featured on the DVD versions:
Dracula Complete Legacy Collection:
The Mummy Complete Legacy Collection:
And for additional details, »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends get to play studio execs and cast talent for upcoming projects. We sort of take the same tact as the old Wizard Magazine features where we choose our dream picks for coveted roles without necessarily being tied down to realistic options.
With the case of Universal's upcoming Cinematic Universe of Classic Monsters, we thankfully have a very wide palette to choose from since the studio has already secured some surprisingly high-profile talent. So that actually takes some of the "pie in the sky/fantasy" nature out of our picks, since it seems like they're able to get who ever they want to appear in these films.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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