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(Cbr) Not content to simply sit back and enjoy the turkey, Universal Pictures has used the holiday lull to announce release dates for "The Mummy" and a newly shifted "Warcraft". "The Mummy" will shamble from its tomb on April 22, 2016. Last month, co-producer Roberto Orci noted that this film and "Van Helsing", along with any other Universal Monster remakes, might exist in a shared universe, much like the Marvel movies. Here’s an official summary for "The Mummy": 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 »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
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 »
After the departure of Len Wiseman (Total Recall) a couple of months back, Universal Pictures now appears to have finished its search for a new director to take on the proposed reboot of The Mummy franchise, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Mama helmer Andres Muschietti is in talks for the studio's latest adaptation of the horror classic.
The as yet Untitled Mummy Reboot has been written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and is described as an "action-adventure tentpole with horror elements" which is switch the action from the early 20th century to the present day. Sean Daniel will once again produce alongside Star Trek Into Darkness duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (so don't criticise it in any way, otherwise Orci might tell you to "f*ck off"). »
- Flickering Myth
No plot details have been released except that the project is being pitched as a modern-day action-adventure tentpole with horror elements and brand new characters. All of the previous Mummy movies were set in the 1920s.
We reported in February that Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) was brought on to write a competing draft alongside Jon Spaihts' (Prometheus) original script. It was believed that the studio was considering combining both screenplays into one shooting draft, although that has not been confirmed.
If a deal is signed, it is said to be the studio's first major move since Donna Langley took over as studio head, following Adam Fogelson's unexpected exit. However, Andres Muschietti was meeting with the studio in August.
Andres Muschietti, who directed Universal’s surprise hit horror movie Mama, is circling a deal to come aboard the studio's reboot of its Mummy franchise. The move comes after an intense search caused by the late July exit of Len Wiseman.
It is also one of the first decisive moves made by Donna Langley, who was made chairman of Universal Pictures after Monday’s dramatic shake-up that saw the exit of chairman Adam Fogelson and the elevation of Jeff Shell to chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. (To be clear, however, Muschietti first
- Borys Kit, Kim Masters
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are in negotiations to write the screenplay for Star Trek 3, with J.J. Abrams in talks to remain aboard the franchise as a producer.
Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof is not going to be a part of this sequel, which Paramount is hoping to release in 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series created by Gene Roddenberry. The studio had flirted with bringing a new writing team on board, recently meeting with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), before coming back to Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are expected to return as Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman also wrote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and are producing the Untitled Mummy Reboot and Van Helsing remake through their first-look deal at Universal Pictures. »
Director Len Wiseman has dropped out of the Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures, citing scheduling issues. The project is still moving ahead, with the studio currently searching for another filmmaker to take the helm.
The filmmaker signed on for the reboot last September, just a month after his latest film, the Total Recall remake, debuted in theaters. However, we haven't heard much about the project since then, except for a report from February when screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) signed on to write a draft separate from the existing script written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That story indicated that Universal was considering combining both drafts into one shooting script.
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Sean Daniel are producing and spearheading the effort to find a new director. The producers had previously stated that they hope to make a darker version than the 1999 hit The Mummy, which spawned the sequels »
Len Wiseman has exited Universal's reboot of "The Mummy," which is still moving full-speed ahead. Scheduling issues have forced Wiseman to leave the project. Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will begin searching for a new director immediately. Jon Spaihts wrote the script, which aims to reinvent the "Mummy" series, which grossed $1.25 billion over the course of three films. Wiseman previously indicated that Kurtzman and Orci were envisioning a darker, scarier take on the "Mummy" mythology that would still appeal to all audiences. Though The Mummy character is a monster, the reboot »
- Jeff Sneider
The project was first put into development way back in 2009, when Joseph Kosinski was prepping his directorial debut Tron: Legacy. Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) was first brought on to write the script, although we have heard very little about the project over the past few years.
The 1979 original film The Black Hole was the most expensive film Disney had ever made, at the time. Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, and Ernest Borgnine starred in this sci-fi thriller about a group of space explorers who find a ship dubbed the USS Cygnus right outside of a black hole. Once they board the mysterious vessel, they find a mad scientist whose crew had abandoned him before entering the black hole. No story details were given for this new version, »
Back in September, we reported that Universal Pictures had hired Len Wiseman to direct their Untitled Mummy Reboot from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. While this is still fundamentally true, there is a new wrinkle in this story. The studio has now hired The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to write a competing draft.
One insider believes that both drafts will be combined into one solid shooting script. Here's what the unidentified source had to say.
"My suspicion is that one of them will be a 'structure-and-body' man, and one's going to be a 'character-and-dialogue' man - and that they'll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers."
A competitive writing environment like this is said to be rarely used, because screenplay credit arbitration is, "usually a nightmare." Still, there is the possibility that the studio may use one or the other, in hopes that production can »
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