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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
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 »
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
(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
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
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. »
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
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
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.
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)
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)
- Steve Barton
[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...
- Alison Nastasi
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
High School Confidential! is generally regarded as one of the most memorable and iconic B-movies of the 1950s–a real cult favorite masquerading as a crime boiled crime drama….
The film stars Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story) as Tony Baker, the new kid at Santa Bellow High, whose cocky attitude and ambitious weed-dealing enable him to infiltrate the gang of a local narcotics boss played by Jackie Coogan (TVs The Addams Family).
Directed by Jack Arnold (Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man) and released in 1958, High School Confidential! deliciously swims in its exploitation of bad girls, fast cars and raunchy rock’n’roll.
Most notably, the movie features the sexy and shapely Mamie Van Doren in her most outrageous role, »
In fact Empires sneak peak is already proving quite revealing. Chris and I had worked together since Piranha and we were planning a 3D remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon. Then Gremlins came along. It was a good job but there just wasnt a lot of budget. All these creatures had to be created and we had no idea how we were going to do it Joe Dante states during the interview. »
Universal is exhuming its classic monster "legacy" collections. These collections - which culled all of the Dracula, Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Mummy and Wolf Man films - were once first made available on DVD many, many, many years ago and never re-released. You can find them online, but they fetch a high price. On September 2nd, however, you'll be able to get them again...but still only on DVD, which is disappointing because I would love to own all of the "legacy" films on Blu-ray. Universal is issuing each legacy collection separately or in a giant box set. Also on September 2nd, you'll have a chance to buy the classic titles separately on Blu-ray and DVD. I've collected all of the package art for you here.
The post [Cover Art Gallery] Universal’s Monsters Return to Blu-ray & DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Set to hit newsstands this Thursday, June 26th, the latest issue of Empire Magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of Gremlins, featuring a photo shoot that reunites director Joe Dante, makeup master Rick Baker, and star Zach Galligan.
Though you'll have to pick up the magazine to read the full story, Empire's website posted some tasty tidbits from the article earlier today, which reveal things we never knew about the film we all know and love.
In the interview Dante reveals that one of the original plans was to make Gremlins a stop-motion film as a way of bringing to life the characters that they weren't sure they could otherwise bring to life.
"First we talked about stop-motion," Dante told the mag, "[but] then realized we'd still be shooting if we did that."
"And at one point someone — I hope it wasn't me — suggested we try monkeys in Gremlin suits," he went on to say, »
- John Squires
Believe it or not, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. Empire Magazine has pulled together a mini reunion with Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (Director), Rick Baker (SFX Gremlins 2), and Chris Walas (creator).
Here is an image from the photo shoot they did in connection to the reunion and below is a taste of the interview.
The Gremlins movies were famously hard to make. Has the pain faded?
Joe Dante: There was no pain making the second one. Warners wanted it, so they let us do whatever we wanted. But the first one... Let's just say the studio was unconvinced that this was a great idea for a movie. They did it mainly to make (executive producer) Steven Spielberg happy. So we were a little over-extended.
Chris Walas: I pulled out the first draft the other day and read it. And I »
- Chris Connors
Since the era of silent films, Universal Pictures has earned a reputation as the home of the monster movie, producing landmark films that defined the horror genre for all time.
Now for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, available on September 2, 2014.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete »
- Michelle McCue
For the first time ever, all of Universal’s classic monster movies are heading together in one collection. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd.
Here’s the press release:
Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection brings home classic thrills and chills with some of the most unforgettable characters ever filmed.
With hours of bonus features as »
- Luke Owen
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