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Universal Pictures has released a bunch of new release dates for some of their upcoming films.
Their Mummy reboot will be released on April 22nd, 2016.
There's an Untitled Michael Mann cyberthriller that's been set for for January 16th, 2015.
Here's the press release with more details on these film.
About Untitled Michael Mann Project
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Untitled Michael Mann Project follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. »
- Joey Paur
We mention on this week’s ‘Hollywood Booze’ podcast (online tomorrow) about the planned release of the Duncan Jones directed Warcraft, and the fact that it shared the date with a certain movie named Star Wars Episode VII. Well, it looks like Universal and Legendary Pictures have seen the light and moved the domestic release date from the 18th December, 2015 to 11th March, 2016. Warcraft is a massive movie for the studio and in line with the themes it shares with Star Wars, a move was inevitable.
It’s not just Warcraft that Legendary are moving either. The studio, which departed from Warner Brothers earlier this year, are also moving the Jeff Bridges starrer The Seventh Son to the 6th February, 2014 and the update of The Mummy to the 22nd April, 2016. Andy Muschietti (Mama) is directing the film and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) are producing with Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts wrote the script. »
- Paul Heath
News Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:43
It's definite: Universal is rebooting The Mummy again, and the new film is being readied for 2016...
It looks as if The Mummy is further down the road though, as Universal has a director in place for the new film, and has now confirmed a release date.
The new Mummy will arrive in cinemas on April 16th 2016, and it's going to have Andres Muschietti at the helm. He was previously responsible for directing Mama.
There's no casting news yet, but this is a full-on reboot we understand, so it won't be Brendan Fraser. We'll let you know when we find out who does get the call...
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Universal has provided an update on their release schedule, which includes a date change for The Mummy reboot. While Universal was reportedly interested in seeing The Mummy released as a Summer 2014 movie, a director change has prompted a move to 2016. Their new schedule has The Mummy coming out on April 22nd, 2016.
“A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.”
With a release date set that far away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a date shift between now and then. We’ll report back as soon as casting »
- Jonathan James
Get out your calendars and a pencil, kids! Universal has just announced release dates for three of its genre offerings, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving we're keeping you abreast of them. If you're good, maybe we'll give you a leg and a wing, too.
The Mummy reboot has been slated for release on April 22, 2016. A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.
- Uncle Creepy
A pregnant teenager flees life with her drug-addicted mother and ends up living on the street before being welcomed into her first real home in this gripping first trailer for Gimme Shelter, an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption inspired by actual events. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, the film will be in theaters January 24, 2014.
For 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), life has been a constant struggle to overcome the harsh reality of a subsistence existence with her abusive mother, June (Rosario Dawson), and June’s string of lowlife boyfriends. When she finds herself pregnant and alone, Apple temporarily takes shelter with her biological father, Tom (Brendan Fraser), a wealthy Wall Streeter living in a New Jersey mansion with his wife Joanna (Stephanie Szostak) and two young children. But Apple’s inability to adjust to her new circumstances, and her refusal to terminate her pregnancy, soon force her back onto the streets. »
- Michelle McCue
Directed by Raza Mallal, the film follows a Moscow detective sent on a mission to investigate the murder of a war journalist. Famke will co-star alongside John Cusack (High Fidelity), Mischa Barton (The O.C.), Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings), John Hannah (The Mummy), Michael Biehn (Terminator), Rutgar Hauer (True Blood), Stelio Savante (My Super Ex Girlfriend), Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down), and Sean Young (Blade Runner) rounding off a very talented cast.
Based on a true story, Kickback could be brilliant if taken in the right direction (no phony accents allowed!). Filming is set to start in March 2014, with a predicted 2015 release.
Source: Talking Lens Productions
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
From the Press Release
Hot Off The Afm Presses: Raven Banner Entertainment, Inc., has acquired all Canadian rights to the $30 million action thriller Odd Thomas, based on the original, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling series by Dean Koontz under the same name.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Addison Timlin ("Californication"), and Patton Oswalt (Big Fan). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan.
“We’re excited to be releasing Odd Thomas in Canada, »
- Uncle Creepy
After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief), Taye Diggs (Baggage Claim), Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Nia Long (Soul Food), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball) and Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy.
In the closing frames of The Best Man, the groundbreaking movie from then first-time writer/director Malcolm D. Lee, Lance (Chestnut) and Mia (Calhoun) had just gotten married, and Harper (Diggs) proposed to a very shocked Robyn (Lathan). Murch (Perrineau) found the nerve to break up with Shelby (De Sousa) and begin dating Candy (Hall), the fantasy girl who’d become the love of his life, while the industrious Shelby rebounded and found herself in bed with lothario Quentin (Howard). And although Jordan »
- Movie Geeks
Remember that beautiful award-winning trailer for the the first Dead Island video game that brought tears to our eyes? Well Machinima has released an amazing live-action version that will cause you to relive all of those emotions. This is literally a shot-for-shot live action adaptation that is just incredible.
Lionsgate has been developing a big screen adaptation of the game since 2011 with producer Sean Daniel (The Mummy, Tombstone, Dazed and Confused), but when is this going to happen?! And will it be as epic as this trailer!?
- Joey Paur
The Dead Island cinematic reveal trailer propelled the game from an obscure title known only to horror gamers to one of the most talked about titles in 2011. A feature film may not be moving forward yet, but Hatchet III director Bj McDonnell teamed up with Machinima to create a live-action version of the trailer.
For those that weren’t aware, Lionsgate acquired rights to produce a Dead Island movie back in 2011. We haven’t heard anything since, but this may draw a bit more interest to the project. Here are details from the original announcement:
“Santa Monica, CA, September 27, 2011– Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf), a leading global entertainment company, today announced that it has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island, which became a viral media sensation when its haunting, artful trailer launched in February 2011. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s co-coo and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. »
- Jonathan James
Two years ago, the teaser trailer for Techland's video game Dead Island came online and took the internet by storm, and now it's back... with real people! Machinima has created a live action shot-for-shot remake of the popular trailer which you can find in the player below. We've also included the original teaser for comparison. Dead Island went on to sell over 5 million copies since its release and spawned a sequel, Dead Island: Riptide . Lionsgate has had a film version of the game in development since 2011 with producer Sean Daniel ( The Mummy , Tombstone , Dazed and Confused ) spearheading the project. »
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
In addition to screening The Wolf Man, Beyond Fest also screened a 35 mm print of another of Universal’s classics, The Mummy. Despite perhaps being its most profitable overall, thanks to the Hammer sequels and the Brendan Fraser franchise that followed it in the 90′s/00′s, The Mummy might be one of the more overlooked tenets of horror, as Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, and Creature normally supersede it in discussions of everyone’s favorites.
I tend to agree with that sentiment, as the cheesy love-at-first-kidnapping romance between David Whemple and Helen Grosvener (Zita Johann) is more than a little distracting. But the opening scenes, with Bramwell Fletcher’s Ralph Norton going crazy at the sight of the Mummy reborn… is Almost as manic and crazy as Colin Clive’s “It’s Alive!” moment in Frankenstein. The film is still as wonderful and inspiring as the first time you watched it, »
- Andy Greene
It may seem a little obvious to say that a film called Odd Thomas is an odd little film, but there it is. It's an odd, amusing, off-kilter, and amusingly-presented combination of horror, action, comedy and romance that comes from a very popular novel and hits the screen by way of an A-list popcorn movie director who clearly has a lot of affection for the source material. Although certainly not without its flaws, Stephen Sommers' Odd Thomas is actually sort of an adorable throwback to the sort of material Joe Dante used to tackle back in the 1980s. Truncated (and brightened) from Dean Koontz's massively popular novel, Odd Thomas is about a kooky but lovable short-order cook who has all sorts of convenient supernatural powers. Mainly he can see the invisible specters who pop up only when something truly carnage-packed is about to happen, but "Odd" can also »
- Scott Weinberg
With the crush of October news stories now in full swing, we've been remiss in letting you know that one of our favorite film fests, Toronto After Dark, kicked off last week; but to make up for it we have the full remaining lineup to share along with some early reviews!
The 8th annual Toronto After Dark film festival begin October 17th and runs through Friday, the 25th, at Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West, in the heart of downtown Toronto. To see some early reviews of several of this year's films, click here for our Toronto After Dark 2013 archive.
Here's what's still to come, beginning Monday, October 21st:
Mon, Oct 21
Double Scene Points Night!
Fans can earn twice as many movie reward points on tickets tonight!
Odd Thomas (USA) Canadian Premiere!
- Serena Whitney
Last May, it was announced that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing a Van Helsing remake and an Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures. We haven't heard much on the projects since then, but Roberto Orci teased during a recent interview that there are plans to create a monster-centric universe based on classic Universal Pictures creatures for a new franchise not unlike Marvel's The Avengers and its stand-alone superhero adventures.
"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. Van Helsing, and we're also producing The Mummy for them. We're kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don't want to just make remakes when you're doing a thing, unless it's worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something »
Here’s the thing that pisses me off about this particular set of Bob Orci comments to IGN about the upcoming Kurtzman/Orci produced reboots of Van Helsing and The Mummy: He gives lip service to the great pantheon of Universal monsters and how if you have a story that can update and combine some of those elements, you shouldn’t fear making a movie.
If I may: We’Ve Been Through This All Before.
I excuse Mr. Orci if running the oddly successful ‘Sleepy Hollow’ on Fox is putting him in such a rehash/remix echo chamber that he’s starting to forget the difference between an original idea and a rehashed idea said louder. For instance, Sleepy Hollow has named it’s big bad, but used a Blake painting of the Red Dragon, previously used better as the devil in Evil Dead and as a symptom of »
A few years ago it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, the screenwriting team behind the first two "Transformers" movies and the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" movies (they wrote for many years on "Alias"), would be coming to Universal to tackle reboots of both "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing," profitable properties that had originated as remakes by Stephen Sommers.
Since then, there hasn't been much movement.
While Tom Cruise was originally announced to play the monster hunting lead in "Van Helsing" and Len Wiseman was going to, for a time at least, direct "The Mummy," neither seems certain, with Wiseman officially leaving the project earlier this year. Still, while doing press for his upcoming "Ender's Game" movie (with IGN), Orci said that a plan was still very much in place, one that could link the classic Universal Monsters in a shared, Marvel-style universe.
"There's an interesting thing »
- Drew Taylor
The re-telling of stories or recreating stories based off of a previous solid tale is a hot thing going on these days in horror. "The Mummy" reboot has been in the news as of late with the word coming in that it will be a modern age retelling of an original classic that has no ties with the Brendan Fraser films. Universal Pictures was set to go with Len Wiseman as the director but that has now fell through. Good news is here however, as they are… »
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