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Apparently there is some ancient Hollywood dictum that a director may only helm one huge science fiction franchise with a frighteningly committed fan base that also has “Star” in the title at one time. Or maybe Jj Abrams just simply hasn’t got the time to direct both Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the long-awaited return of the galaxy far, far away as audiences remember it (ie not like the prequels) – and the third in his rebooted, rejuvenated Star Trek movie series.
How do you replace Abrams, though, especially when the new Trek movies have some indelibly held his style and influence? Paramount’s gut reaction was to drop Robert Orci into the director’s chair, the screenwriter who had previously scripted the first two Abrams Star Trek films with former collaborator Alex Kurtzman.
Star Trek 3 would’ve been Orci’s directorial debut, an honour which »
- Tom Baker
Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too. The original version of the project had Keanu Reeves attached to star, and along the way bounced between studios like The Weinstein Company for the most time, with Focus Features »
- Alex Billington
British screenwriter Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has joined the Universal Monster Universe team that is busy putting together this new, rebooted franchise. He joins Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading this massive initiative, and previously-confirmed writers such as Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black). It isn't clear which project Jay Basu will be writing at this time.
After this shared monster universe was first announced in July, Universal Pictures later confirmed in October that this fall's Dracula Untold is part of this series. The first official project will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which is already set for release on June 24, 2016. Another unspecified project within the franchise has been given an April 21, 2017 release. The only other confirmed title is a reboot of The Wolf Man, which Aaron Guzikowski is writing, with other possible titles including Dracula, »
New York Film Critics Circle
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards announced this morning. The feature scored best film, director, and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette's role. Also nabbing acting honors were Marion Cotillard for "Two Days, One Night," Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner" and J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash".
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" scored best screenplay, "The Babadook" won best first film, "The Immigrant" nabbed best cinematography, "Ida" won best foreign language film, "The Lego Movie" scored best animated feature, and "Citizenfour" won best documentary. [Source: Nyfcc]
Worthington plays a hired assassin sent to target a woman whom he instead bonds with and together they go on the run. Leech will play the assassin's former employer. »
- Garth Franklin
Last month, Universal hired Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski to work on their reboot of The Wolf Man, which will be apart of their classic monster cinematic universe and today Deadline reports that Universal has also hired Monsters: Dark Continent co-screenwriter, Jay Basu, to work on their monster-verse. Though, no details were provided about which monster(s) Basu will be working on. Universal is one of the few major studios that doesn't have any superheroes, so they are hoping they can build their own cinematic universe with their classic monsters. Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Chris Morgan ("Fast & Furious") are overseeing the interconnected stories, which will focus on "action-adventure" instead of horror. This summer's Dracula Untold kicked things off, and the next film in the universe will be the reboot of The Mummy, which will be in theaters June 24, 2016. Do you guys and gals like the addition of British »
As Universal powers full steam ahead with its plans to relaunch its library of classic movie monsters, red-hot writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has become the latest scribe to join a brain trust being set up to mastermind the studio’s ambitious endeavor. It’s unclear which entry in Universal Monsters Basu will be personally heading up (if any), but his feedback will be incorporated into all projects under the banner.
Super-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Chris Morgan (the Fast & Furious franchise) are serving as the architects of Universal Monsters, which will expand and join together a network of classic monsters. So far, Universal has also recruited Fargo scribe/creator Noah Hawley, Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski and Now You See Me scribe Ed Solomon to help with the effort. Out of those writers, only Guzikowski has been tasked with a specific script – for The Wolfman.
- Isaac Feldberg
There’s been a lot going on with Universal’s Classic Monsters lately, now that the studio has brought together a team of veteran producers and writers to spearhead a new chapter of Universal Monsters that will reintroduce iconic characters to modern audiences. Recently, we heard that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski had been brought into the fold to pen entries in the new cinematic universe, and now we have another name to add to that growing lineup: Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.
Hawley, Guzikowski and Solomon will form a sort of brain trust with producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, both well-respected scribes in their own right. All of them will work on one another’s movies and help out where needed to ensure that the new Universal Monsters installments feature the kind of serialized storytelling that the studio is looking for. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As reported quite a lot as of late, Universal are rebooting their classic monsters for a “Marvel-esque” series of movies where they will intertwine and come together for a big cross over movie at the end. We know that Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, set for release next year, will kick things off and there is an unknown monster movie for 2017 which may or may not be The Wolf Man.
But one thing that may surprise some (or not to those who remember the last reboot to The Mummy), this series will be moving away from its classic horror routes and going for something a bit different.
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library],” said Universal’s Chairman Donna Langley. “But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, »
- Luke Owen
There's been some buzz about the developing reboot of Universal's classic movie monster universe ever since Dracula Untold hit theaters. The action thriller was said to be the first film to have ties to the new shared universe for the studio's reboot of their most famous properties, and the next films in the bunch will be The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, coming in 2016, and also The Wolf Man in 2017. But if you were hoping for a great new round of horror movies, you may want to sit down for this, because we have some bad news. Universal's plan to reboot these franchises involves taking the horror out of the properties. In the same executive roundtable discussion from THR where news about the Fast & Furious franchise came from, Collider noticed that chairman Donna Langley also had some stuff to say about the Universal monsters reboot, and it's disconcerting to say »
- Ethan Anderton
It was announced last week that Universal Studios had set aside a date for 2017 for one of their Monster Movie reboots, but there was no news on which Monster it would be. Well, thanks to Deadline, we may now know the answer.
If true, The Wolf Man will join The Mummy from writer/director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) as part of Universal’s Monster expanded universe, which is set to follow the “Marvel Method” with a big team-up movie at the end of the process. Although unconfirmed, it is thought that Dracula Untold, which made around $202 million worldwide, could factor into their plans unless they feel the need to reboot that reboot. Other Monsters joining The Wolf Man and The Mummy will »
- Luke Owen
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of today's news that Universal Pictures is adding The Wolf Man to its Monsters Shared Universe franchise, screenwriter Ed Solomon (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Men In Black) has been brought in to round out the "writers room."
Ed Solomon joins Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), whose involvement in The Wolf Man reboot was rumored earlier today and Fargo TV series creator Noah Hawley, who signed on last month, alongside writers-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, in what is being compared to Pixar's brain trust or a TV writer's room. Each writer will have a hand in helping each other's movie as they all work to create a model for serialized storytelling.
Heat Vision Blog also lists characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, »
Writing teams, it would appear, are the new big idea for shared universe films, given the successes of Marvel’s creative board for its movies and the auspicious work of Disney Animation/Pixar's “brain trusts”. Universal wants in on that action, hiring Prisoners’ Aaron Guzikowski and Fargo TV adaptation man Noah Hawley to work on its monster movie films.They join Ed Solomon, who will be working alongside chief creative bods Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan on developing a linked series bringing classic Universal creatures such as The Mummy and The Wolfman back to life on screen.The plan is for the writers to work together developing the movies, pitching in ideas and helping with problems before splitting off to write the scripts separately, and then meeting back up to discuss them. Kurtzman, the Star Trek/Transformers veteran, is already at work on the Mummy film, which he’ll also direct for June 24, 2016. Guzikowski, »
I’ve written before about how this new “interconnected universe” approach to franchise filmmaking is a bad idea. Approaching the film medium like a television series scales back the individualized nature of each film in favor of a serialized, streamlined approach, but Marvel movies make a ton of money so this trend continues to catch on, and Universal is going one further by assembling a literal writer’s room for its Monster Movie Universe. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) are spearheading Universal’s reboot of its classic monsters, with The Mummy on tap to be the first film out of the gate in 2015 with Kurtzman directing. But now the duo is getting some help in shaping the Monster Movie Universe, as they’ve assembled a brain trust of screenwriters that includes Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski and Men in Black writer Ed Solomon to develop subsequent features. »
- Adam Chitwood
Marvel has set the standard for connecting characters in the same universe and with their newly revealed massive movie slate, DC is attempting to capture that intertwined magic and Universal also looks to create their own shared universe by relaunching their popular monsters. The Mummy reboot is already scheduled to come out in 2016 and it’s now been revealed that a new The Wolf Man movie is in the works.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has set their sights on Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) to pen the script for The Wolf Man reboot. The latest take on the werewolf would fit into the shared universe of relaunched Universal Monsters, an undertaking that’s overseen by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Moran (Fast & Furious series).
- Derek Anderson
Cinematic universes are all the rage. You can blame Marvel and The Avengers for that. By now you should know Alex Kurtzman ("Stark Trek Into Darkness") has been put in charge of Universal's classic movie monster cinematic universe. The Mummy reboot, which is slated for a June 24, 2016 release, was supposed to kick things off but it may have unexpectedly begun with this summer's Dracula Untold. Then a week ago, Universal announced a April 21, 2017 release date for a mystery monster movie that will follow The Mummy. Could that film be a reboot of The Wolf Man? Despite a lack of superheroes, Universal Pictures continues to bolster its franchises. The studio is going hard to revive its classic monsters franchises–I’m hearing that Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is being courted to get the Wolf Man howling again, after Uni rebooted The Mummy. In 1941, Universal had a monster-sized hit with The Wolf »
Last week, Universal set the date for their next monster movie following the retconned Dracula Untold and Alex Kurtzman's reboot of The Mummy. Which monster remained a mystery, but it looks like we can now assume it will be The Wolfman. Deadline reports that Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski is being talked to about rebooting The Wolfman as a part of the new shared cinematic universe the studio is plotting with Kurtzman. The Wolfman was most recently rebooted by Joe Johnston in the »
- Alex Maidy
We’ve known for some time that Universal is trying to breathe new life into its catalogue of classic movie monsters, with Dracula Untold introducing a new bloodsucker in the form of Luke Evans, and a new Mummy on the way that will find Alex Kurtzman (executive producer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) directing from a script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). Now, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio wants Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski to write a new take on The Wolf Man, one of its most treasured monsters.
News of Guzikowski’s involvement was embedded in a Deadline report on Universal’s plans for new Fast & Furious movies earlier today. Nothing else has yet come out about The Wolf Man, but the report indicates that the studio is doing its best to expedite the resurgence of its Universal Monsters franchise. Guzikowski, whose work on Prisoners was roundly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film: News broke over the summer that writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) would take charge of rebooting Universal's classic monster movies, with The Mummy coming first on June 24, 2016. Now the second in the series has been dated for release on April 27, 2017, though Universal is declining to say which monster will be featured, describing it only as an "epic action-adventure." Will it be Frankenstein? The Wolfman? The Creature from the Black Lagoon? [Collider] Yoga Hosers: The first official look at Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers features Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp (aka the daughters of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp...
- Peter Martin
Shared universes are so hot right now, but what's a studio to do without a giant backlog of comics to rely on? Universal might not have access to the sprawling Marvel or DC Comics' archives, but what it does have is a roster of classic monster movies. Its first official entry into the monster franchise biz will be "The Mummy," directed by Alex Kurtzman and slated for June 24, 2016, and a mysterious new monster pic the following April.
Rumors were flying that "Dracula Untold" was the first peek into Universal's monster mash-up, and even that some scenes and details were added in reshoots so Drac could figure into the bigger picture. The studio denied it at the time, but it seems that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were brought on to "consult" on "Dracula Untold," and given that they're the two folks in charge of this spooky new franchise, well, it makes you think. »
- Jenni Miller
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