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Are Movie Studios Ruining Shared Universes?

22 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ricky Church on whether movie studios are ruining shared universes…

In the years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began and its massive success at the box office has come a tidal wave of news that studios seek to emulate Marvel’s idea of a shared universe for their franchises. For some studios, namely Warner Bros. with their DC Comics properties, that is to be expected, but other studios seem to be going a little too far with the shared universe concept. With so many studios set to milk this new concept for all its worth, will it instead have a negative effect and lead to the downfall of shared cinematic universes?

For companies like Marvel or WB, it makes sense for them to work on a large cinematic universe where their stable of characters interacts with one another on a near constant basis. After all, both comic publishers have had »

- Ricky Church

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Jurassic World’s Derek Connolly to Work on Pacific Rim 2 Screenplay

12 May 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) has had a full schedule the last several years, and it just got even busier now that Legendary has lined up the in-demand writer to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2.

According to THR, Connolly will step behind the keyboard for Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film that saw giant human-controlled robots known as Jaegers do battle against the colossal Kaiju with Earth’s fate hanging in the balance.

It was previously revealed that del Toro will produce but not direct the sequel, and that Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will instead step behind the camera to helm the follow-up film.

Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Doctor Strange, Prometheus) previously worked on the Pacific Rim 2 screenplay, with del Toro and Zak Penn also offering input on the story, but it’s unclear if Connolly will start from scratch or work »

- Derek Anderson

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Young Han Solo Actor Revealed! Captain America: Civil War Spoiler-full Review | Flickering Myth Podcast #25

11 May 2016 3:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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Everything Else – Universal’s Classic Movie MonsterVerse is growing, so Oli and Luke dedicated The Week in Movies section to »

- Oli Davis

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Wonder Woman Wraps Production Today

9 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe is off to a rocky start, to say the least, but there could be some good news on the way in the shape of the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, which arrives in theaters June 2017, a week after Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and a week ahead of Tom Cruise's The Mummy. The film will be the first solo feature for the DC Comics icon and will star Gal Gadot, reprising her role from the critically panned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as the Amazon princess/immortal demigoddess. She'll be joined by Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond), Lucy Davis (The Office), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and David Thewlis (Harry Potter film series), amongst others. Earlier today, star Gal Gadot revealed, on her personal Twitter, that the film's lengthy shoot, »

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Russell Crowe says The Mummy reboot will "scare the sh*t out of you"

9 May 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Last week it was reported that Russell Crowe was in talks with Universal to play Dr. Jekyll in the studio's classic movie monsters universe, and during an interview with Collider, the actor confirmed that he will be making a cameo appearance as the character in Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy reboot. Crowe, who is out promoting Shane Black's The Nice Guys, also said he's excited to work... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ has an official synopsis

8 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Tom Cruise is currently hard at work shooting the redo of The Mummy, and today Universal Pictures have released the official synopsis for said movie. Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance and maybe Russell Crowe are also amongst the cast. Boutella is playing the title character.

Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Universal.

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Alex Kurtzman is directing. Look »

- Paul Heath

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Reg Grundy, Creator of Australian Soap ‘Neighbours,’ Dies at 92

8 May 2016 9:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Reg Grundy, a veteran TV executive best known for creating the long-running Australian soap opera “Neighbors,” has died at age 92. He died at his home in Bermuda, where he has lived since 1982 with his wife, actress Joy Chambers, according to the BBC. Grundy’s production company created many of Australia’s biggest TV hits, including “The Young Doctors,” “Sons and Daughters” and “Prisoner: Cell Block H.” He also co-produced the 1977 documentary “Abba: The Movie.” Also Read: Russell Crowe in Talks to Star in 'The Mummy' Opposite Tom Cruise In addition, he picked up several U.S. game shows »

- Thom Geier

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Universal releases first synopsis for The Mummy remake

8 May 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With production on Universal’s remake of The Mummy in full swing, the studio has released the first synopsis for Monsters Universe-launching film:

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Star Trek Beyond”) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

See Also: Universal Monsters: The Next Big Cinematic Franchise?

The Mummy is set for release on June 9th 2017, with Alex Kurtzman directing a cast that includes Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle »

- Gary Collinson

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Russell Crowe Confirms Dr. Jekyll Role in ‘The Mummy’, Which Will “Scare the Sh*t Out of You”

7 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Only a few days ago news broke that Russell Crowe was being lined up for a role in The Mummy. The Australian actor was in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll-type character in the first movie that will kick off an entire Universal monster movie universe. The intention was to have Crowe appear in […]

The post Russell Crowe Confirms Dr. Jekyll Role in ‘The Mummy’, Which Will “Scare the Sh*t Out of You” appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Russell Crowe: ‘The Mummy’ Is ‘Designed to Seriously Scare the S— Out of You’

7 May 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unlike Brendan Fraser’s trilogy, Universal’s “The Mummy” reboot is better categorized as a horror pic than an action-adventure, according to Russell Crowe.

Crowe confirmed that he’s joined Tom Cruise in the upcoming remake.

“I’m gonna do it,” Crowe said about the film at a press junket at the Beverly Hilton promoting his action comedy “The Nice Guys,” according to Collider.

Crowe portrays Dr. Henry Jekyll, a Royal Society fellow, opposite Cruise, who plays a Navy Seal hunting terrorists. “New Girl” star Jake Johnson and “The People v. O.J. Simpson’sCourtney B. Vance also recently boarded the movie.

When asked how the remake differs from Fraser’s films, Crowe said, “This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the s— out of you.”

The Aussie actor added that he’s already been bouncing off ideas for the film with director Alex Kurtzman (“there were »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Russell Crowe Confirmed For The Mummy, Promises Scary Tone

7 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earlier this week, Russell Crowe was rumored for a role in Universal’s star-studded take on The Mummy, and during press rounds for The Nice Guys, the actor has confirmed that he is in fact involved, playing none other than Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Speaking with Collider, the actor cracked wise about collaborating with star Tom Cruise on the blockbuster venture, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, all the while voicing his excitement for the project, which he says is “designed to seriously scare the shit out of you:”

Question: Are you officially doing The Mummy?

Crowe: Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman). I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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*Updated* Russell Crowe to Play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Mummy

7 May 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated* Russell Crowe confirms earlier reports that he is going to play Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Mummy.

Earlier this week, news broke that Russell Crowe was in discussions to join The Mummy as the classic literary character with a dual personality. Shedding some light on the matter is Crowe himself, who confirmed his involvement while on the press rounds for his new film, The Nice Guys.

Speaking with Collider, Crowe had this to say when asked if he is “officially” on board The Mummy:

“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman).”

Previously: According to THR, Crowe is in “early talks” to appear as Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, »

- Derek Anderson

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Best of the Week: Young Han Solo Cast, 'Captain America: Civil War' Reviewed and More

6 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News Star Wars Mania: Alden Ehrenreich is officially the new young Han Solo. Marvel Madness: Kevin Feige confirmed there will very likely be a Black Widow solo movie. DC Delirium: Jeremy Irons's Alfred will return in Justic League Part One. Ben Affleck said he wants to make the definitive Batman movie. X-Citement: Josh Boone teased which characters will be in The New Mutants. First Look: The new Power Rangers. Sequelitis: Space Jam 2 is officially happening with LeBron James and director Justin Lin. Remake Report: The Puppet Master horror series is being rebooted. Russell Crowe will play a Dr. Jekyll type in The Mummy remake. Charlie Hunnam will star in...

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Universal Releases A Cryptic Synopsis For Tom Cruise's The Mummy; Russell Crowe Confirms Role

6 May 2016 7:10 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Universal Pictures has officially unveiled the synopsis for their upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy, the first installment in their planned Monster Movies Cinematic Universe, with promises of big things on the horizon. There aren't too many details provided, but we do get some idea at what to expect with Sofia Boutella's titular villain, and it definitely sounds like Universal is taking the upcoming reboot in a very new and exciting direction. Check it out below: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy. Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. »

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‘The Mummy’ Synopsis Promises “Terrors That Defy Human Comprehension” and Also Tom Cruise

6 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I tend to sound like a broken record whenever I write about Universal‘s new slate of films that will unite all of their classic monster characters under one shared universe. I love the Universal monsters and think they are among the greatest figures in the history of cinema, but I remain unconvinced that a Marvel-style franchise […]

The post ‘The Mummy’ Synopsis Promises “Terrors That Defy Human Comprehension” and Also Tom Cruise appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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'The Mummy' Reboot Official Synopsis is Released

6 May 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis for its upcoming reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia BoutellaJake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance, and Russell CroweThe Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. 

Read the synopsis:

"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Universal Reveals the Official Synopsis for The Mummy

6 May 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following the recent news that Russell Crowe is in early talks to play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Mummy, Universal has now released the official synopsis for the Tom Cruise-starring film.

The synopsis for The Mummy confirms that Sofia Boutella plays the title character while also touching on the modern-day setting and key locations within the story. You can read the full synopsis below, courtesy of Collider:

“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative »

- Derek Anderson

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Official Synopsis For The Mummy Reboot Teases An Ancient Threat

6 May 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Production continues today on the London set of Universal’s The Mummy, as the Tom Cruise-fronted reboot gears up to unleash a prophesy long foretold – the studio’s shared Monsters Universe.

Pegged to arrive in the summer of 2017, Alex Kurtzman’s long-gestating franchise overhaul will herald the beginning of a yearly cycle of creature features form the studio, with April 13, 2018 and February 15, 2019 currently occupied by untitled horror movies.

That leaves a hefty weight of expectation resting on the reanimated shoulders of Kurtzman’s reworked version of The Mummy; perhaps not on the level of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it is launching a interconnected universe nonetheless.

In a bid to stoke excitement ahead of release, Universal has today unveiled the film’s official synopsis, placing Sofia Boutella in the role of an “ancient queen” who is given a crude awakening.

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, »

- Michael Briers

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Universal Drops A "Mummy" Reboot Synopsis

6 May 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis for its upcoming reboot of "The Mummy" franchise which is currently in production in London. Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis led the cast for the project which is intended to be the first film in a new interconnected cinematic Monster Universe. The synopsis is:

"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters."

The film also stars Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance, »

- Garth Franklin

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Daily | In the Works | Crawford vs. Davis

6 May 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jessica Lange will play Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon will play Bette Davis in the first season of Feud, an anthology project for FX from producer Ryan Murphy. Feud will take us to the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich. Also in the works: James Franco will likely direct Russell Crowe (who's just signed up for Universal’s reboot of The Mummy with Tom Cruise) in an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian; Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks, Nicole Kidman, Zendaya will lend their voices to the English-language version of Chinese animated feature The Guardian Brothers—and more. » - David Hudson »

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