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How 'Dracula Untold's' New Ending Could Tie Into Universal's Monster Universe

15 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Dracula Untold scared up a surprisingly strong opening weekend at the global box office, but is it the launch of Universal's revived monsters franchise? Depends on whom you ask. In July, the studio announced plans for an Avengers-style universe based on its collection of iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) were hired to oversee the franchise, which would relaunch with The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman for

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Dracula Untold's final scene and its ties into the movie monster universe

13 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

It was recently announced that Dracula Untold would be joining Universal's realm of classic movie monsters that Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are developing. While the next film in that shared universe, The Mummy, won't be hitting theaters until April 22, 2016, a scene was tacked onto the end of Dracula Untold to begin to tie everything together. For those of you who plan on avoiding spoilers, this won't really tell you much you probably couldn't surmise for yourself, but look away! »

- Sean Wist

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Why is Hollywood building so many cinematic universes?

10 October 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...

It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.

The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.

Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »

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Dracula Untold to be part of Universal's shared monster movie universe

3 October 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dracula Untold will form a part of Universal Pictures' shared monster universe.

Producer Alissa Phillips has revealed that the Luke Evans-starring film will launch the planned crossover franchise.

"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it," she told Hey U Guys.

"Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other ones... it's been fun to be a part of that."

The rebooted Dracula origin story was put into development long before the plans for the shared universe based on Universal's classic monster movies emerged.

The runaway success of Marvel Studios' shared franchise is credited with plans for other such projects developed by 20th Century Fox for X-Men, Sony Pictures for Spider-Man and Disney for Star Wars.

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"Untold" Is Part Of Universal's Monsters

2 October 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Reports emerged yesterday that the coda of "Dracula Untold" serves as the launchpad for Universal's proposed shared universe of their classic monsters in contemporary times.

Now, producer Alissa Phillips has confirmed the report to HeyUGuys, saying the film initially wasn't to be a part of the franchise - but now is. She says:

"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it. Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other's been fun to be a part of that."

The sequence in the film essentially serves as a prologue to Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" reboot which was originally going to be the first title in the proposed plan. Will that film feature a cameo of Luke Evans as Vlad? »

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Confirmed: Dracula Untold Is The First Part in Universal Monster Cineverse

2 October 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It seems like every studio is trying to create a connected cinematic universe in the same way Marvel Studios has. This was something Universal Pictures did from the 40s-60s with their monster movies. We previously reported, nearly a year ago, that Universal was planning to reboot their cineverse.

Producer Alissa Phillips, at the UK premier of Dracula Untold, confirmed rumors that it is the first part of the Universal's monster cineverse.

Alissa Phillips via Hey U Guys:

I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren’t [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it.Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other ones…it’s been fun to be a part of that.

I wonder at what point in development this decision was made and if »

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'Dracula Untold' Confirmed as First Universal Monsters Reboot

2 October 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Dracula Untold producer Alissa Phillips has now confirmed yesterday's report that the horror reboot will in fact be the first in the Universal Monsters Reboot series. The franchise was announced back in July and will bring all of the classic Universal Pictures ghouls together in one shared universe that will eventually lead to an all-star movie not unlike Marvel's The Avengers.

Hey U Guys caught up with Alissa Phillips at the U.K. premiere of Dracula Untold, where she said that the movie wasn't initially set to be a part of the franchise. Here's how she explains it:

"I was really excited to be part of that. When we started out we weren't [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it. Working with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who are very much a part of creating The Mummy and the other's been fun to be a part of that. »

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Dracula Untold may tie into the new Universal Monsterverse

2 October 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When Universal announced their plans to develop a new movie universe around their pantheon of classic Monsters – including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, etc. – they cited that the first “official” film to come out of the new shared Monsterverse would be The Mummy, which is in development now under director Alex Kurtzman.

That left a big question mark over their latest Monster pic, Dracula Untold, which seemed like it would stand separate from the rest of the films. According to Badass Digest, that may not be the case:

“A few months ago sources told me that Universal did some reshoots on Dracula Untold in order to allow it to fit into the larger Monsterverse, and word from junketeers who have seen early screenings backs this up. I don’t know what they have included in the film, but they have put some elements in that will allow the studio to tie »

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Dracula Untold Producer Says Film Is First Entry into Universal Monsters Revamp

2 October 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

According to producer Alissa Phillips, Dracula Untold, a movie where Dracula (Luke Evans) uses an army of bats to punch the ground, will be the first entry into the studio's upcoming Universal Monsters crossover universe.  Although we previously reported that overseers Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) would be starting with a remake of The Mummy, Phillips told HeyUGuys that her movie is kicking off the series. Depending on the success of Dracula Untold, I can see this going either way.  The Mummy doesn't even have a director yet, although it does have a release date set for April 22, 2016.  At this point, there's no reason Dracula couldn't pop in to say, "Hey, Mummy," thus showing that a universe is being built, and then The Mummy makes its contribution to series.  But if Dracula Untold flops, then there's no reason to keep it canon unless »

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'Dracula Untold' Producer Confirms Ties to Universal Monsters Reboot

2 October 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Yesterday, there was a story going around that Universal's forthcoming vampire origin story Dracula Untold had some reshoots done in order to tie it into the studios forthcoming reboot of their classic monsters universe that will include The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and more. However, it seemed shaky since the ties to the Universal Monsters universe being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were said to be good enough to link the film to the world of these monsters, but small enough that if the film bombed, it wouldn't hurt the future potential of the series that will actually be rebooted by The Mummy. But it turns out the ties to the Universal Monsters universe are there. Read on! Dracula Untold producer Alissa Phillips spoke to HeyUGuys at the premiere of the film in the United Kingdom yesterday and revealed, "When we started out we weren’t [part of the Universal Monsters series], but »

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Dracula Untold now connected to Universal's planned movie monsters universe

2 October 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

As you probably already know, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently developing a shared cinematic universe for Universal's classic movie monsters, with the first movie being Kurtzman's The Mummy. Well, apparently that has changed, and the first movie from the the shared universe will be Luke Evans' Dracula Untold. Producer Alissa Phillips revealed the news in an interview with HeyUGuys, and she says although that wasn't the original plan for the film, »

- Jesse Giroux

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'Dracula Untold' Will Tie Into Universal Monsters Reboot Series

1 October 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans who head to the theaters for Dracula Untold next weekend will reportedly be treated to a tie-in scene at the end which connects the film to Universal Pictures' sprawling classic monsters reboot franchise.

A new report from Badass Digest reveals that reshoots were conducted a few months back, which include a scene at the very end that reveals Dracula (Luke Evans) in a modern-day market.

Here's what Badass Digest's Devin Faraci said about the scene in a tweet from earlier today.

"The Dracula Untold 'tie in' scene is at the very end, Dracula in a market in the modern day.

When Universal launched this franchise in July, the studio announced that the Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first official project, but this Dracula Untold scene is believed to be a prologue to the whole initiative. The scene in question isn't largely important, so if Dracula Untold tanks at the box office, »

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‘Dracula Untold’ Now Fits Into the Universal Monsters Reboot Series

1 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We know that Universal is putting together a new set of Universal Monsters movies, with Alex Kurtzman and Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan as architects of the franchise series reboot. The first movie out of the gate will be a new version of The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman. Before that plan was fully in […]

The post ‘Dracula Untold’ Now Fits Into the Universal Monsters Reboot Series appeared first on /Film. »

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Universal Taps ‘Annabelle’ Writer for Sci-Fi ‘Crime of the Century’ (Exclusive)

24 September 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annabelle” screenwriter Gary Dauberman has come on board sci-fi pic “Crime of the Century” for Universal Pictures.

The project has been in development since 2011, when it optioned a pitch from producer Chris Morgan based on an original idea by Daniel Kunka and Dan Trachtenberg.

Dauberman wrote the upcoming “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” set for an Oct. 3 release by New Line. The scribe has been active at New Line, working on “Into the Storm,” “Watching Hour” and the latest installments of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Final Destination.” He broke into the business by selling his spec “Burst” to Mandate and Sam Raimi.

The logline for “Crime of the Century” is under wraps, but has been described in the past as a group of thieves using time travel. Trachtenberg is attached to direct and is currently in pre-production on his debut feature for Bad Robot at Paramount.

Universal-based Morgan wrote the last »

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Fargo Showrunner Noah Hawley Scripting One of the Universal Monster Movies

18 September 2014 6:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Next to True Detective, FX’s miniseries adaptation of Fargo was one of the year’s biggest surprises in the TV realm.  The prospect of anyone touching the Coen brothers masterpiece was unthinkable, but Noah Hawley—who wrote all 10 episodes—crafted a unique take on the material that caught on with critics and audiences alike.  While he’s no doubt very busy putting together the second season of the show (which will feature a new cast, story, and setting), Hawley has understandably caught the eye of Hollywood, and buried in a report on Sony optioning his novel Before the Fall is the news that Hawley is also scripting one of Universal’s upcoming monster movies.  More after the jump. In a report over at Deadline is the news that Hawley is separately writing the script for an untitled project at Universal that will be a part of the studio’s interconnected monster movie universe. »

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Watch: 2 New Clips From ‘Dracula Untold’ Starring Luke Evans & Sarah Gadon

18 September 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With super hero films on the rise, every studio is scrambling to see what genre-ready brands they can leverage in a similar way. Universal Pictures doesn't have the rights to DC or Marvel comic properties (it appears that Namor is not quite theirs either), so what does the studio own? The classic monster movies of the '30s and '40s, including Dracula, the Wolfman, The Mummy, were all released under Universal's imprimatur. So of course there’s a plan to to connect them all together in one cinematic universe a la Marvel (because no one in that town has any original ideas anymore and even Dan Aykroyd wants to do the same thing with “Ghostbusters”). Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," the “Amazing Spider-Man” series) and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") have already been tapped to write, produce and get the Universal Monsters cinematic universe up and running. But where does that leave “Dracula Untold, »

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Alex Kurtzman on why the Venom movie can go darker

11 September 2014 10:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Kurtzman, the director of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Venom, on the appeal of the character...

Alex Kurtzman is a busy man. As well as his television commitments (Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion), he's directing Universal's reboot of The Mummy, and he's also overseeing the studio's horror movie universe.

On top of that? He's down to write and direct the Spider-Man spin-off, Venom. So what's the appeal of bringing him into his own movie? "The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can't do with Spider-Man", Kurtzman told MTV.

"Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed", he added. "He's a much darker character",

There's no release date yet in place for Venom, and we'd imagine it has to take its place behind The Mummy at least on Kurtzman's slate. 2019 would be a decent guess, given that Sony appears to have other Spider-Man universe films planned from 2016 to 2018 already. »

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Shadow Of The Colossus movie back on, new director found

4 September 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The videogame Shadow Of The Colossus looks like it's coming to the big screen after all...

Now this could be good. There had been talk before about bringing the excellent videogame Shadow Of The Colossus to the big screen (with Chronicle, Fantastic Four reboot and now Star Wars director Josh Trank attached at one stage). And now it looks as though Sony Pictures has resurrected the project, given that it's appointed a director to it.

Said director is Andres Muschietti, who broke through with the horror film Mama. For some time, he was attached to direct Universal's reboot of The Mummy, before parting company with that particular project. Alex Kurtzman is the new Mummy helmer.

Muschietti will bring Shadow Of The Colossus to the screen off the back of a screenplay that Seth Lochhead is writing. There's clearly some way still to go here, and Uncharted will be the next »

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News Bits: Superman, Holmes, Escape, Kurtzman

3 September 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Better quality photos have emerged of Henry Cavill in Clark Kent mode on the set of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The pics sees him sporting his signature glasses as the character. [Source: Twitter]

Mr. Holmes

Miramax has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution.

Currently in post-production following a seven-week shoot in England, the project stars Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes who revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement. [Source: Variety]

Escape from New York

Over the weekend came a report that Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens were on the short list of names for the long in-gestation "Escape From New York" remake.

Stevens himself has been asked about the report, the actor dismissing them with a laugh saying: "I just heard [the rumours] this morning. It's »

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Paramount promotes key trio

2 September 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has promoted Megan Colligan to president of worldwide distribution and marketing and announced the departure of Cmo Josh Greenstein.

The development aligns the studio’s North American and international theatrical and home entertainment operations under one team.

Colligan continues to report to Paramount Pictures vice-chairman Rob Moore. Steve Siskind has been promoted to president of domestic marketing and will report to Colligan. 

Erik Counter has been promoted to president of worldwide creative advertising and will now report to Moore. 

Greenstein, who has served as Cmo since 2011, will not renew his contract when it ends later this year.

“We take great pride in the depth of talented professionals at Paramount and are excited to grow the roles of Megan, Erik and Steve,” said Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey.

“These promotions reflect our trust in their talents, confidence built upon their experience, and the success each has had working across our staff and partners. Under [link=nm »

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