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Fargo Showrunner Noah Hawley Scripting One of the Universal Monster Movies

18 September 2014 6:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com 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. »

- Adam Chitwood

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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, »

- Edward Davis

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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. »

- simonbrew

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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 »

- simonbrew

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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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'Mummy' Director Alex Kurtzman Signs 3-Year Deal with Universal

2 September 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Five months after former writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci announced they were dissolving their partnership, Alex Kurtzman has formed a new company entitled Secret Hideout, signing a new three-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

We reported in July that Alex Kurtzman is teaming up with screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan to create a new Universal Pictures monster movie franchise, which will kick off with the Untitled Mummy Reboot that Alex Kurtzman is directing and is set for release on June 24, 2016. He is also producing The Vampire Chronicles, a rebooted adaptation of Anne Rice's novel that was announced last month, along with Dragonology and Locke & Key for Universal, and Now You See Me 2 for Lionsgate.

Alex Kurtzman will be joined by Jeb Brody, who currently serves as the president of Focus Features, and Bobby Cohen as producers. Kim Rosen is also joining the company from K/O as the head of digital and interactive. »

- MovieWeb

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Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout Inks 3-Year Deal with Universal

2 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Kurtzman’s newly-formed production company Secret Hideout has inked a three-year production deal with Universal Pictures.

Jeb Brody, Focus Features president of production, and Bobby Cohen, president of K/O Paper Products, will join Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen, a former development executive for K/O, will serve as the company’s head of digital and interactive.

“I adore the entire team at Universal: from Jeff Shell and Donna Langley’s hands-on leadership and global vision, to Jeff Kirschenbaum and Peter Cramer’s unwavering partnership, I’m so proud to keep building my home here at Universal, where so many of my favorite movies were made,” said Kurtzman in a statement.

With his new production company, Kurtzman will keep his current offices on the Universal lot and look toward franchise and multi-quadrant films.

“Alex has proven experience on a range of films and his prolific body of work speaks for itself, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Alex Kurtzman Forms New Company Secret Hideout, Extends Deal With Universal

2 September 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alex Kurtzman is going independent while also deepening his relationship with Universal Studios. The writer/director/producer (“Star Trek,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Transformers”) has formed a new company called Secret Hideout, which has signed a three-year production agreement with Universal. Also read: Alex Kurtzman to Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal “Kurtzman will focus on developing compelling filmmaker-driven projects and deeper storytelling narratives with an eye toward franchise and multi-quadrant films,” the studio said. He will be joined at Secret Hideout by Jeb Brody, Focus Features president of production, and Bobby Cohen, president of K/O Paper Products. Also »

- Jordan Zakarin

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‘Doctor Strange’ Rumor: Jack Huston in Running to Star

25 August 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Doctor Strange doesn’t have an official release date yet, but with director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) onboard and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (The Mummy (2016)) actively revising the script, odds are this is the film that Marvel Studios is eying for a July 2016 arrival.

That means that a casting announce concerning who’s going to play Stephen Vincent Strange ought to be coming sooner than later, well ahead of when production should be getting underway in the first half of 2015. Jack Huston is the latest actor whose name has been thrown into the rumored Doctor Strange actor ring, thanks to This Is Infamous.

31-year old Huston – a Boardwalk Empire veteran, costar of such recent films as Kill ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Star Trek 3′ First Script Draft Has Been Completed

18 August 2014 5:06 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With J.J. Abrams currently deep into directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Paramount has turned to Roberto Orci, co-writer and producer of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, to direct what we still only know as Star Trek 3, set to release in 2016 to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

With Orci’s previous regular collaborator Alex Kurtzman busy preparing to direct Universal’s The Mummy reboot and Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof currently running his HBO series The Leftovers, Orci has teamed up with screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (the same pair who have been working on a Flash Gordon reboot for 20th Century Fox) to pen the next Star Trek film.

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- Anthony Vieira

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Universal And Imagine Snag Rights To Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

8 August 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Has an overabundance of vampire-centric movies and TV shows sucked all the life from bloodsuckers? Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer are hoping for a firm no on that one, having just grabbed the rights to every entry in horror author Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in a rather massive deal.

Rice’s Vampire Chronicles have been bestsellers for decades and are centered on 18th century French nobleman vamp Lestat de Lioncourt. Previous film adaptations of entries in the series include Interview with the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise as the charismatic Lestat and Brad Pitt as the unlucky soul turned by him into a creature of the night, and Queen of the Damned, a loose adaptation of Rice’s third book which starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend.

Universal, Imagine and Grazer’s new deal gives them access to every book in Rice’s series, including the upcoming 11th one, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Universal snaps up rights to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

7 August 2014 11:20 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brian Grazer, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are to oversee the transition of Anne Rice novels to the big screen...

As Universal commits to lots of high profile horror movies in the future, courtesy of its decision to build a classic monsters movie universe (starting with the reboot of The Mummy in 2016), it's also now made an investment in more possible vampire projects.

News has broken that the studio has picked up the rights to the entirety of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, which has, of course, previously spawned a couple of films, most notably Interview With The Vampire.

The Wrap reports that an adapted screenplay is in place for Tale Of The Body Thief, which Christopher Rice, Anne's son, has penned.

The films will be overseen by Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are all producing.

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'Star Trek' Producers Will Reboot Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles'

7 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have acquired full rights to Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series, which includes the entire library.

This bloodsucking drama spans the life of 18th Century nobleman turned vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. The series was turned into the big screen blockbuster Interview with the Vampire in 1994, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. A less successful follow-up came in 2002 with Queen Of The Damned, which was shuffled off into the home video market. Both of those movies were released by rival studio Warner Bros.

The deal also includes an adaption of Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice's son Christopher Rice and any future novel the author might write, including the 11th book in the series Prince Lestat.

Both Deadline and The Wrap both report that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing, but that may be wrong. The pair split recently (though »

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'Transformers' Producers Will Reboot Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles'

7 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have acquired full rights to Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series, which includes the entire library.

This bloodsucking drama spans the life of 18th Century nobleman turned vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. The series was turned into the big screen blockbuster Interview with the Vampire in 1994, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. A less successful follow-up came in 2002 with Queen Of The Damned, which was shuffled off into the home video market. Both of those movies were released by rival studio Warner Bros.

The deal also includes an adaption of Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice's son Christopher Rice and any future novel the author might write, including the 11th book in the series Prince Lestat.

Both Deadline and The Wrap both report that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing, but that may be wrong. The pair split recently (though »

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Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles Acquired by Universal Pictures & Imagine Entertainment

7 August 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Lestat de Lioncourt, Louis de Pointe du Lac, and the rest of the vampires from prolific author Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles book series are coming to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, as the two companies, along with Brian Grazer, have purchased the rights to Anne Rice’s eleven-book series known collectively as The Vampire Chronicles.

Deadline reports the breaking news of the acquired rights. In addition to the rights to adapt the eleven books as they please, the deal also means that Universal and Imagine own the rights to the screenplay adaptation of Rice’s fourth Vampire Chronicles book, Tale of the Body Thief, which was adapted by her son, Christopher Rice.

Beginning with 1976′s Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Chronicles follows Lestat de Lioncourt and vampires both fellow and foe throughout the centuries. Previously, the last entry in the series had been 2003′s Blood Canticle, but »

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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ Takes Flight at Universal

7 August 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Setting up a potential vampire franchise, Universal Pictures has acquired movie rights to Anne Rice’s novels in “The Vampire Chronicles” series for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce.

The deal — announced Thursday — includes the adapted screenplay for Rice’s “The Tale of the Body Thief” written by her son, author Christopher Rice. Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”

Rice published “Interview with the Vampire” in 1976 and “The Vampire Lestat” in 1985, followed by “The Queen of the Damned” (1988), “The Tale of the Body Thief” (1992), “Memnoch the Devil”  (1995), “The Vampire Armand” (1998), “Merrick” (2000), “Blood and Gold” (2001), “Blackwood Farm” (2002), “Blood Canticle” (2003) and “Prince Lestat” this year.

The series is centered on the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French aristocrat living in poverty who became a vampire in the late 18th century.

Imagine president Erica Huggins »

- Dave McNary

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Sony planning female-led Spider-Man superhero spin-off

4 August 2014 10:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It looks like both the Venom spin-off, and a female-headlined superhero film from the Spider-Man universe will land in 2017.

It sounds as if Sony is finally piecing together plans for its mooted Spider-Man cinematic universe, as a couple more projects are slotted into place. Thus far, we know that the Sinister Six spin-off, that Drew Goddard is writing and directing, is due in 2016. Furthermore, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to 2018.

Sony is planning two more Spider-Man spin-off films for 2017 as well. One of them is the Venom fillm, that Alex Kurtzman remains attached to direct (in spite of his commitment to The Mummy reboot, which he's also helming, and arrives the year before). That's currently going by the name of Venom Carnage.

However, the project that's already getting the most attention is a female-headlined spin-off.

Given the calls for a superhero movie headlined by a woman, Sony »

- simonbrew

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Sony’s Venom Carnage movie slated for 2017?

4 August 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony greenlit a solo Venom movie, to spin off of their Amazing Spider-Man franchise, in conjunction with their announcement of a villain-centric film starring Spider-Man foes The Sinister Six. However, while Sinister Six has been quickly gaining traction and even has a November 11, 2016 release date, the Venom film has been more of a gamble.

While reporting that Sony has greenlit a female-led superhero film for 2017, Deadline also stated that the Venom movie, supposedly called Venom Carnage, will also arrive in 2017. Alex Kurtzman is still expected to direct the film, and is developing it with Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.

No other details were given in the report, so take this news with a grain of salt. It would certainly make sense for Sony to slate Venom Carnage (which I hope is not the official title.. why does Hollywood hate colons?) for 2017, since it would »

- James Garcia

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Venom Movie Reportedly Titled Venom Carnage; Doc Ock Rumored to Lead the Sinister Six

4 August 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In addition to the news about a female Spider-Man spinoff there were also a few nuggets regarding the rest of Sony’s Spider-Man plans.  While we’ve known about Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six for a while (and learned about its November 11, 2016 release date a few weeks ago), we’re still in the dark in regards to exactly which villains will be appearing since its rogues gallery gets regularly rotated in the comics.  Now it appears that Dr. Octopus will be leading the way for the film adaptation. It also appears as though the Venom movie Alex Kurtzman has been attached to direct for a while now has a new title, Venom Carnage.  Does that mean we’re getting a Cletus Kasady/Eddie Brock team-up (or showdown)?  Hit the jump for more Venom Carnage and Sinister Six news. Deadline's sources describe Sinister Six: "[The film] revolves around all the villains of Spider-Man converging after the evil Dr. »

- Evan Dickson

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