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Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…
Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.
Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.
Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.
Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »
- Gary Collinson
Draft Day I guess the discussion before releasing Draft Day was whether or not to take advantage of the start of the NFL season with the theatrical release or the DVD and Blu-ray release and the home video marketing team won because clearly that's the reason for bringing it out today, but does anyone care at this pointc The movie is no good, especially for anyone with a passing understanding of, or interest in, the NFL.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection I'm not sure what I think about this one. While it would be awesome to own all of these titles, why Universal decided to go DVD-only is beyond me. If someone is a big enough fan of Universal's Classic Monsters franchise aren't they going to want them all and be willing to pay for them all on Blu-rayc Is it the cost involved in restoring them all and »
- Brad Brevet
Maybe you think you know the story of Dracula, but Dracula Untold is unfurling a drama-packed revamp of the classic vampire tale full of gruesome war, family loyalty, and heinous curses. In the trailer above, see Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6) as Vlad Tepes, a man who will risk anything to save his family from the greedy maws of war, even if it means becoming a monster. Dracula Untold, or Dracula: Year Zero as it seems it's being called overseas, is intended to be a key step in Universal Pictures effort to reboot their classic monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman. While the announcement of that plan is relatively recent, this particular re-imagined origin story has been a long time in coming. Back in 2007, The Crow's helmer, Alex Proyas, was hired to direct the project. »
September gets off to a fantastic start if you’re a genre fan, as Universal Home Entertainment is unloading a Ton of Universal Monsters-related titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection and Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella as the titular bloodsucker.
Also being released by Universal this week are a handful of horror and sci-fi themed 4-Movie Packs, an 8 Film Collection of Hammer horror titles and several other modern horror classics in high definition, including The People Under the Stairs and Firestarter. The third Cabin Fever film, Patient Zero, is also finally arriving on DVD & Blu-ray as well.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Rlj Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)
A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, »
- Heather Wixson
Attention, Universal monster fans... that means, well, all of you. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956, and we have your chance to score a copy on us!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on September 1st.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Description
They informed our dreams and nightmares, each and every one. Brilliant actors, craftspeople, and filmmakers combined to deliver these indelible characters who may have died on screen, but they will surely live forever. They are the one and only Universal Classic Monsters.
Now, for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Pictures' Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in »
- Steve Barton
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
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:
The post Over 50 Photos from the Creature from the Black Lagoon Art Show! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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, »
- Tom Baker
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
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!
Be sure to keep your eyes on Funko's social media sites for all the latest!
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- Steve Barton
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. »
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