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Universal Veers From Superhero Trend for a Monster Plan

21 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.

This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.

As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »

- Marc Graser

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Over 50 Photos from the Creature from the Black Lagoon Art Show!

13 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The Jack Arnold-directed Creature from the Black Lagoon celebrates its 60th (!) anniversary this year and a slew of artists came out to contribute to Creature Features' art show. The gallery opened last Friday in Burbank, California (2904 W. Magnolia) and features work from:

Mark Alfrey, Zac Amendolia, Arf!, Zach Bellissimo, BigToe, Tara Billinger, Julie Bossinger, Andy Carey, Anthony Carpenter, Brian Crabaugh, Jesse D'Angelo, Ricardo Delgado, Haig Demarjian...

The post Over 50 Photos from the Creature from the Black Lagoon Art Show! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Kidnap comedy to open Cambridge

7 August 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

The 34th edition of the Cambridge Film Festival (Aug 28 - Sept 7) is to open with The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq, Guillaume Nicloux’s comedy-drama based in part on true events.

It recounts the disapperance of reclusive French novelist Michel Houellebecq during a book tour in 2011. The rumours of his whereabouts led to endless speculation, including a kidnapping. The film, which stars the novelist as himself, will be presented at the festival by Nicloux.

Special guests at this year’s festival include writer-director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson who will present Before I Go To Sleep, an amnesiac thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Skip Kite will present his timely tribute to late politican Tony Benn: Will and Testament, while Andrew Sinclair, director of 1972’s »

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Alex Kurtzman To Direct The Mummy Reboot

31 July 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Universal Pictures have kept their Mummy perfectly preserved for decades now, with not even an encounter with Brendan Fraser able to fully put it down. And he’s usually enough to kill any franchise dead. Now the classic movie monster is set to rise from its crypt once again thanks to writer/producer Alex Kurtzman – best known for his screenwriting work with former partner Robert Orci – who is now set to direct the film, too, making it his second time in the chair following underwhelming 2012 indie drama People Like Us. Which probably won’t have much in common with The Mummy.

Kurtzman is reportedly in final negotiations with Universal to helm the film he was already producing with Chris Morgan, part of an ongoing initiative to resurrect all of the classic Universal Monsters: not just toilet paper-wrapped Imhotep but also the Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster, »

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Alex Kurtzman in Line to Direct Universal's Reboot of 'The Mummy'

30 July 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Following news that Transformers franchise producer and writer Alex Kurtzman would team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to producer a film universe that would bring together all of their classic Universal monsters like Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, it turns out the former will have an even bigger role in the production. THR reports Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the reboot of The Mummy at Universal after Andy Muschietti fell away from the project, and some small details about the project have surfaced, revealing that this will be the first Mummy film in awhile not set in the past. Instead, this new version of the film will be set in present day, and will be an action adventure with horror elements. There will also be completely new characters so as not to rehash or remake previous versions of the story. Sounds like the smart »

- Ethan Anderton

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Funko Reveals Universal Monsters Vinyl Figures

30 July 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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:

Dracula Frankenstein The Bride of Frankenstein The Wolf Man The Mummy Creature From the Black Lagoon The Phantom of the Opera Metaluna Mutant

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

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Funko Unleashing Universal Monsters

30 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

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.

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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!

Be sure to keep your eyes on Funko's social media sites for all the latest!

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Guillermo del Toro Talks Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon

21 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Guillmero del Toro has stated several times that Frankenstein is his dream project. It's my dream to see him have his dream come true because I really want to see that movie! In a recent interview with Badass Digest the director talked about the project:

"If I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I'm going to a sabbatical of three years, just to write that. It's not something that's gonna just flow, like second nature. It's my favorite book in history.

"I would love to do [Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein]. Hopefully one day it coincides that Donna [Langley] wants to do it and I am not a chicken shit."

Universal Pictures needs to make this happen, and it's not something that is impossible. Writer and producer Alex Kurtzman is working on developing several Universal monster movie projects, and in an interview with Collider, he was asked if Del Toro could be a part of Frankenstein. »

- Joey Paur

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Guillermo Del Toro Wants to Direct New Frankenstein Film

18 July 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was just revealed that Universal Pictures is planning to take Marvel's superhero strategy and use it for its classic movie monsters, like Frankenstein, the Werewolf, the Mummy, Dracula and many others. Now comes word that Universal's Donna Langley has already approached Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) about directing the "Frankenstein" reboot. "It's the dream project so I'm a chicken sh*t," he said. "If I do 'Frankenstein,' I literally would stop everything, and I.m going to a sabbatical of three years just to write that. It's not something that's gonna just flow, like second nature. It's my favorite book in history." Del Toro continued: "I would love to [make the movie]. Hopefully one day it coincides that Donna wants to do it and I am not a chicken sh*t." Outside of Frankenstein, Del Toro is also interested in a movie about the Creature From the Black Lagoon. "I »

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It’s Alive…Universal Monsters Are Back!

18 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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Universal to relaunch its classic monsters with Marvel-style cinematic universe

17 July 2014 8:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Universal Pictures appears to be taking its cues from Marvel Studios for its planned revival of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Deadline reports the studio has enlisted Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee an interconnected Universal Monsters universe that will begin in April 2016 with the release of the reboot of "The Mummy." Roberto Orci, who split with longtime writing/producing partner Kurtzman earlier this year, hinted at such an interconnected approach in October, saying, “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.” Of course, the Universal Monsters previously crossed over in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," its sequel "House of Frankenstein," "House of Dracula" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Guillermo Del Toro Wanted For Universal’s Frankenstein

17 July 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just yesterday, we reported that Universal had enlisted the help of producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to revitalize its classic movie monsters, and now it appears that the studio already has a director in mind for what’s sure to be one of its first stabs at bringing those cinema icons back to the big screen. Speaking on the set of his film Crimson Peak, set up at Legendary Pictures through Universal (the same deal his Pacific Rim 2 is getting), Guillermo del Toro revealed that he’s been approached by Universal’s Donna Langley a number of times about getting an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein off the ground.

Del Toro’s comments suggest that he’s very, very interested in taking on Frankenstein, though even a filmmaker of his stature is understandably daunted by the task. When asked by Collider if, due to his set-up at Legendary and Universal, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Universal relaunching monster movie franchises under Alex Kurtzman

17 July 2014 1:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures has tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee the relaunch of its classic monster movie franchises.

The studio is seeking to reboot and unify its many horror properties, reports Deadline.

These traditionally include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy.

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. »

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Alex Kurtzman And Chris Morgan Working On Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe

17 July 2014 1:36 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

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

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Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan head Classic Monster universe

16 July 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Universal is putting together a Classic Monster cinematic universe. And it's hired Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to head it up...


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. »

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Universal Preparing to Turn Their Classic Monsters into a Marvel-esque 'Cinematic Universe'

16 July 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to Create Crossover Universe for Universal Monsters Starting with The Mummy

16 July 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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 »

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Universal Eyeing Alex Kurtzman And Chris Morgan To Relaunch Classic Movie Monster Franchises

16 July 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Universal Releasing a Monster Sized DVD Box Set of 30 Films!

7 July 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

All you cats out there who refuse to upgrade to Blu-ray are about to get one hell of a present from Universal! That is, if you're a Universal monster fan. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956!

The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd and includes the following films, which are also available in smaller themed collections.

Dracula (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

The Mummy (1932)

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Werewolf of London (1935)

Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)

The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

The Invisible Woman (1940)

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

The Wolf Man (1941)

Invisible Agent (1942)

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman (1943)

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Son of Dracula (1943)

The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)

The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)

House of Frankenstein (1944)

The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

House of Dracula (1945)

She-Wolf of London »

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Legendary Makeup Artist Rick Baker Reveals the First Crazy Monster He Ever Worked On

2 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

[Image via Every '70s Movie] Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, who is famous for his work in horror cinema (An American Werewolf in London, The Exorcist, Videodrome) is a frequent Tweeter. Thank goodness for that, since the FX designer recently took to the social media website to share a photo of the first gig he ever got. Octaman was unleashed on the masses back in 1971 and was met with dismal ratings. The monster movie, about a team of researchers who are terrorized by a humanoid octopus, has since developed a cult following. If you’re thinking, “Gee this all sounds awfully familiar,” you would be right, as director and screenwriter Harry Essex also wrote the famed Creature from the Black Lagoon. Octaman doesn’t pretend to be something...

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