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It appears as though Universal are not messing about when it comes to casting their upcoming Monsters Universe. Following the news that they’re looking to cast Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) as The Bride of Frankenstein and Scarlet Johansson in Creature From the Black Lagoon, Variety are reporting that they’re in talks with Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) to star in The Mummy.
Alex Kurtzman is overseeing the Monsters Universe, and will direct this reboot. Plot details are vague, but reports are suggesting that the movie will be set in present day, unlike all previous Universal Mummy movies.
Their Monsters Universe will see classic Universal Monsters such as The Wolf Man, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster get solo movies before culminating in an Avengers-style team-up movie. Rumours are also suggesting that the monsters may show up in each other’s films. »
- Luke Owen
Update: Deadline have debunked the rumours of Cruise casting in The Mummy reboot, saying “both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film.”
It looks like Universal are really going for it in terms of their planned monster movie universe. Yesterday we heard that they want Angelina Jolie for The Bride Of Frankenstein and now it seems that Tom Cruise is being courted for a role in The Mummy reboot.
- Paul Heath
Yesterday, we had the news that Angelina Jolie was being targeted by Universal to take the lead in its upcoming Bride Of Frankenstein reboot. Now we learn that the studio is looking to lure another big name to its classic monsters movie universe, as Tom Cruise is on its radar for The Mummy.
The Mummy reboot is set for release in 2017, with Alex Kurtzman directing the film. Variety has broken the news that Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks to take on a major role in The Mummy. Furthermore, he's also eyed to take on an ongoing role in the larger classic monsters shared universe.
Cruise had been linked for a long time with a part in Universal's planned Van Helsing movie reboot, although that came to nothing. »
Variety is reporting that Tom Cruise is in talks to take the lead in Universal's reboot of their The Mummy franchise. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange and Passengers) is penning the script. Alex Kurtzman (Stark Trek and Into Darkness, Aliens and Cowboys) was asked by Universal to start up their monster films again, along with Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7). He will direct the pic. What we have assembled before us is some serious studio firepower. The film is to be set in present day, unlike its predecessors, and the Universal monster films will all tie in together at some point. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other's installments before culminating in an "Avengers"-style tie-in film.Oh, goody...
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Last week, a report surfaced that offered new insight into Universal Pictures' Monsters Shared Universe franchise, which is being lead by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. While last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" for this shared universe, the first full-fledged adventure will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which will start shooting in early 2016. Today we have a new report from Variety, which claims that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the Mummy reboot, although reps from both the studio and the actor tell Deadline that he is not in contention to star at all.
The Variety report claims that Tom Cruise won't produce, but he is expected to be involved in the development. Jon Spaihts (Passengers) is writing the screenplay, with director Alex Kurtzman also set to produce with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel. All of the characters in this monster universe, »
There is no reverse engineering of the Marvel formula more risky right now than what Universal is attempting with their shared universe of monster movies. That risk reportedly just got a little less terrifying for the studio, though, if Tom Cruise really is in talks to star in "The Mummy," the first film that they're using to help launch what they hope will be a major cornerstone of this new franchise. That's a huge win for the studio, and Cruise is one of those guys who works tirelessly once he's signed on to something. Considering how important he will be to the entire monster universe, not just his one film, this is a big moment for Universal. In essence, this is their Robert Downey Jr., which seems like an interesting echo when you realize that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to play Tony Stark for New Line in their "Iron Man" movie. »
- Drew McWeeny
Update: Contrary to today’s report, Deadline has relayed a statement from Universal which reveals that Tom Cruise isn’t involved in the studio’s Mummy reboot.
“Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film,” reports Deadline. “He is currently filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting next August.”
Original Story: According to Variety, Universal has found a star for their upcoming reboot of The Mummy in the form of Tom Cruise. The actor is currently in talks to lead the film, which is being penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and is one of several movies that will help launch the studio’s new franchise of monster flicks.
- Mark Cassidy
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.
Universal’s executive VP of production »
- Justin Kroll
Jon Spaihts is penning the script which is set in present day, but plot specifics are being kept vague. Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are behind the project and the initiative which will see them shepherding a cinematic universe that will use and mingle characters from Universal's classic monster movie library. Kurtzman will direct and both will produce this particular outing.
Universal is not commenting on casting reports regarding the project at this time. Part of the reason for Cruise's involvement is scheduling. He is currently filming "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" and was to shoot Doug Liman's "Luna" early next year ahead of a "Mission: Impossible 6" shoot in August.
With Liman's »
- Garth Franklin
Universal wants Angelina Jolie for one of a pair of blockbusters it's lining up...
Universal is getting down to the business of putting its classic monsters movie universe together, with the first film being Alex Kurtzman's retelling of The Mummy. But it seems that Bride Of Frankenstein will be one of the first projects after that, and the studio is targeting Angelina Jolie for the lead role.
Furthermore, Universal is also keen for Angelina Jolie to finally sign up for Wanted 2. We're guessing it's after her to star in one or the other, but is unlikely to complain if she commits to both. Although the chances of that happening seem slim.
Last week, Universal Pictures unveiled new details about their Universal Monsters Shared Universe, which will officially kick off in 2017 with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. The end credits scene in last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" to this universe. One of the several other projects in development at Universal is a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the studio is eyeing Angelina Jolie to star as the title character. With Universal financing her latest directorial effort, By the Sea, the actress may be more inclined to star in Bride of Frankenstein, to return the favor for By the Sea, which has tanked at the box office, earning just $313,000 after two weeks in theaters.
New details have emerged about Universal's plans to reboot their classic monsters, starting with The Mummy. The most exciting aspect may be the studio's desire not to rush things. First announced in June 2014, writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) were placed in charge of the studio's plans for an "interconnected slate" of modern monster movies. Kurtzman and Morgan were to enlist creative talent and integrate any existing projects currently under development into a cohesive strategy. At that time, the reboot of The Mummy was scheduled for release on April 22, 2016. Shortly thereafter, Kurtzman entered final negotiations to direct The Mummy. Kurtzman and Morgan went to work. A few months later, we...
- Peter Martin
New details have emerged about Universal's plans to reboot its classic monsters, starting with The Mummy. The most exciting aspect may be the studio's desire not to rush things. First announced in June 2014, writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) were placed in charge of the studio's plans for an "interconnected slate" of modern monster movies. Kurtzman and Morgan were to enlist creative talent and integrate any...
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Variety recently had an exclusive interview with Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley and “Furious 7” producer Chris Morgan. Universal tapped Morgan and screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”, “Star Trek”) to revive their classic monster movie franchises such as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolf Man in a shared cinematic universe.
Donna Langley said:
“The characters will interact with each other across movies. We’re incubating it at the moment, and we’re taking the time to get it right.” The first film that will lead the cinematic universe is a reboot of “The Mummy” which will go into production early 2016 with Kurtzman directing. Universal’s film slate will include “Dracula”, “Van Helsing”, “Bride of Frankenstein”, and “The Wolfman.”
On creating these new monster films, Kurtzman says:
“We’re creating a mythology, so we’re looking at this canon and thinking, ‘What are the rules?’ What can we break and what »
- J.B. Casas
Details have started to emerge as to the direction and frequency of Universal's upcoming classic monsters movie universe.
It's been a little while since it was revealed that Universal was looking to build a classic monsters movie universe. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are overseeing the project, and the first film out of the graveyard will be a reboot of The Mummy. That's due in 2017, with Kurtzman himself writing and directing.
Universal has now confirmed that the plan will be to released a new monster movie each year, with Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley telling Variety that "the characters will interact with each other across movies. We're incubating it at the moment, and we're talking the time to get it right".
Chris Morgan, who has also worked extensively on the Fast & Furious films, also confirmed that the films will be dealing with contemporary issues "This is not a heightened world", he confirmed. »
Aside from the juggernaut that is Disney Pictures, most of the major studios have floundered this year with one major exception - Universal Pictures. Thanks to an eclectic slate that even it considers a very lucky stroke of fortune, the studio is having a record year and isn't slowing down on their plans moving forward.
One of those plans is its ambitious desire to reinvent its classic monsters for a new generation with an interconnected franchise treatment. Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek") and Chris Morgan ("Furious 7") are the brains behind the new initiative which kicks off with Kurtzman's own "The Mummy" reboot and will continue with films that will incorporate Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and more into the same on-screen universe.
Those involved have now spoken some more about their plans, Universal chairman Donna Langley telling Variety that: "The characters will interact with each other across movies. »
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures is one of the few major studios that does not have any superhero franchises to build. Instead of trying to find an obscure comic book property to develop, the studio decided to delve into its iconic horror movie franchises by announcing a monster movie universe that relaunches classic genre icons like The Mummy and many more. Many assumed that the studio was copying the same successful template Marvel Studios uses for its Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a new report from Variety reveals the studio is taking a slightly different approach, while still borrowing elements from the McU. Here's what Universal Pictures' Donna Langley had to say, confirming these Universal monsters will interact with each other.
"The characters will interact with each other across movies. We're incubating it at the moment, and we're taking the time to get it right."
Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, »
Since it was formally showcased to the world in all of its putrid, grotesque and oddly promising glory almost two years ago, all has been quiet on the front of Universal’s Monsters Universe – and there’s good reason for that.
In drafting in two experts of the shared cinematic universe template in Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), the studio set about laying out an interwoven foundation that would bring together some of the finest and indeed most feared creations in film history under the one umbrella. Think Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. In recent months, there have been flickering signs of progress from within Universal, with the big-screen reboot of Van Helsing gaining a new pair of writers.
Now, speaking in an interview with Variety, Kurtzman and Morgan have weighed in on the topic at hand, »
- Michael Briers
Beginning with the release of The Mummy in 2017, Universal will reintroduce moviegoers to their lineup of classic movie monsters. Though news on the initiative has been relatively quiet as of late, recently the co-leaders of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, offered an update and a bit more insight into the upcoming shared universe.
Speaking with Variety's Brent Lang, Kurtzman and Morgan discussed the Universal Monsters reboots, which could eventually pop into theaters at the same speed as Disney's Star Wars films. Following the debut of The Mummy (which is expected to start shooting next year with Kurtzman in the director's chair), the plan is to have a new Universal Monster film hit theaters each year.
- Derek Anderson
Jeff Shell may be one of the most powerful executives in the movie business, but in cliquish Hollywood, he remains something of an outsider. And, for the studio he heads, that’s proven to be a good thing.
Because Shell spent most of his career in television, climbing up the ranks of conglomerates like Comcast and Fox, the industry reaction in 2013 to his appointment as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group was, “Jeff who?” “I had zero experience,” says the 50-year-old executive, in his first sit-down interview since taking the job. “I didn’t really know the movie business at all, and I have to say, it is the hardest business I’ve ever worked in.”
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- Brent Lang
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