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Alex Kurtzman has been discussing Universal’s newly announced plans for a shared universe of classic movie monsters, and has outlined how he and co-writer Chris Morgan intend to go about bringing it to life. “Front and centre right now is Chris Morgan and I working on getting The Mummy off the ground and building up our Monster Universe,” says Kurtzman. “That’s where I’m spending my time.” “I think it’s incredibly important to all of us to start focusing on each movie, and make each movie great, rather than thinking, ‘Okay, we want...
- George Wales
While promoting his upcoming CBS series Scorpion, writer-producer Alex Kurtzman also offered brief updates on Spider-Man spin-offs The Sinister Six and Venom, along with the Universal Pictures initiative he is working on to relaunch a classic monster franchise.
After his former writing/producing partner Roberto Orci parted ways with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 last week, he hinted that Sony Pictures isn't quite sure what they want to do with their Spider-Man franchise, which perhaps could be the result of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperforming at the box office and the negative response from fans and critics. When asked when The Amazing Spider-Man 3 may be hitting theaters, Alex Kurtzman had this to say.
"It's still in conversation. Everybody is still figuring it out. It's all up for grabs, right now. We're just trying to figure it out."
He also added that the Venom spin-off, which he is set to direct, »
While producer/writer/director Alex Kurtzman was at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour for his latest TV venture Scorpion, it provided an opportunity to catch up with him about some of the projects he currently has in various stages of development in the film world. During an interview with Collider and a couple of other outlets, talk went to the building of a Monster Universe with the classic movie monsters, which he’s kicking off with The Mummy, that he’d be honored if Guillermo del Toro wanted to get involved with Frankenstein, once they get to that stage, his big picture view of the Monster Universe, and how some monsters will get their own movie while others are supporting characters in other monster movies. He also talked about where things are at with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and that they’re just trying to figure things out, »
- Christina Radish
Universal's Classic Monsters: The Mummy is the first of Universal's classic monster movies from the 1930s that will be rebooted as part of an "interconnected slate" by the studio. Writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) will enlist creative talent and integrate any existing projects currently under development into a cohesive strategy. The reboot of The Mummy is scheduled for release on April 22, 2016. [Deadline] Max Steel: Trippy new images for Max Steel suggest that the origin story, inspired by an action figure and an animated series, will have a distinctive look when it opens in theaters next year. We also get our first peek at Andy Garcia as Dr. Miles Edwards. Ben Winchell stars as a...
- Peter Martin
Even though Universal Pictures has several lucrative franchises, like "Fast and Furious," "Despicable Me," "Jason Bourne" and "Jurassic Park," the studio believes it has something just as valuable, which is its classic movie monsters. Those monsters include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal wants to take these creatures and create a movie plan similar to what Marvel has done with its superheroes. Everthing is still in early stages of development, but the project is under the control of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman wrote such films as "Transformers," "Star Trek" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." While Morgan is the writer behind five "Fast and Furious" installments. Universal has already given us plenty of monsters movies, but the new plan is to create a cohesive and connected approach, rather than a series of stand-alone projects. The entire »
The name of the game in blockbuster filmmaking right now is “Cinematic Universe,” meaning we’re beginning to see film continuity and shared storytelling define the way studios make tentpole films. Marvel started the trend with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and DC will be following suit with their burgeoning Justice League-centric universe that began with Man of Steel. 20th Century Fox has created a shared, cohesive universe for the X-Men franchise, while Sony is building one around The Amazing Spider-Man films, with villain-centric spin-offs like Venom and Sinister Six.
The “shared universe” mentality has spread to non-superhero properties as well, like the Fast and the Furious franchise (which pays respect to past films by bringing old characters into new installments), and Disney’s longterm plan for Star Wars (which will include official saga “Episodes” as well as spin-off films and solo character adventures).
Universal is now hoping to take »
- James Garcia
The studio is seeking to reboot and unify its many horror properties, reports Deadline.
Kurtzman is best known as the writing and producing partner of Roberto Orci on properties including Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. The pair recently announced their decision to work on separate projects.
Morgan wrote five of Universal's popular Fast and Furious films.
The first film will be The Mummy, which is planned for release on April 22, 2016.
The monster movie plans follow various attempts to create unified superhero movie franchises, most successfully under Marvel Studios. »
Monsters are to Universal what superheroes are to Marvel. That's what the studio has to offer from their library – reboots and reboots from a long list of classic monster franchises. And the studio is very serious about creating this cinematic universe. Universal has hired Alex Kurtzman, who worked on Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Chris Morgan, who wrote the Fast and the Furious movies, to kickstart the reboots of Universal's monster franchises.
Universal Monsters properties include characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first title the two will team on is The Mummy reboot, which is set to hit theaters on April 22, 2016.
The Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, a la Marvel Cinematic Universe, is still in very early stages, but word is that Kurtzman and Morgan have already begun to take meetings with directors and writers. However, »
- Laura Frances
Universal's Classic Monsters: The Mummy is the first of Universal's classic monster movies from the 1930s that will be rebooted as part of an "interconnected slate" by the studio. Writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) will enlist creative talent and integrate any existing projects currently under development into a cohesive strategy. The new version of The Mummy is scheduled for release on April 22, 2016. [Deadline] Max Steel: Trippy new images for Max Steel suggest that the origin story will have a distinctive look when it opens in theaters next year. We also get our first peek at Andy Garcia as Dr. Miles Edwards. Ben Winchell stars as a young man who teams with an extraterrestrial to wield...
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Well, you can't be a movie studio now unless you've got your own movie universe to play with, it seems. Disney has Star Wars and Marvel, Warner Bros has the DC Universe, Fox has X-Men, Sony has Spider-Man. and now Universal has got in on the game too. It's putting together a cinematic universe for its catalogue of classic monsters, and it's tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to head it up.
Work is already underway on the first of the new raft of films, a reboot of The Mummy that's set to land in cinemas on April 22nd 2016. Beyond that, Universal is looking to bring the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon back to the big screen. »
Universal Pictures is a studio light on franchises, hence why they’re moving ahead with a sequel to the underwhelming Bourne movie starring Jeremy Renner and have decided to team with Legendary Pictures for a sequel to box office flop, Pacific Rim. Of course, they still have the Fast & Furious movies, while Jurassic World looks set to introduce a whole new generation of moviegoers to that franchise.
Regardless, the studio has now made the smart decision to take advantage of their library of classic and iconic movie monsters which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy.
It was revealed last night that, “Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage.” In order to do this, they’ve enlisted the help of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan »
- Josh Wilding
Universal Pictures has brought on Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to develop a widespread cinematic universe that will connect a number of the studio's classic monster franchises, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and many more.
It isn't clear yet if Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7) will write the projects themselves, but the filmmakers will reportedly start scouring for talent soon to bring this massive initiative to life.
The studio has pulled from its extensive library for individual titles such as The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman and this fall's Dracula Untold, but this is the first time Universal wants to create a universe with all of the characters under the same cinematic roof.
The first project to launch this endeavor will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is already »
For a while there’s been (unsubstantiated) talk about Universal possibly rebooting its many classic monster movie franchises (Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.) to form a cohesive cinematic universe – going back to when powerhouse duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci got involved with projects like The Mummy and the Van Helsing reboot. Well, over the months since Orci hinted that this is indeed the plan, he and Kurtzman parted ways as working partners, which left the state of Universal’s monster movie plans in question.
Deadline, however, is now reporting that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan – writer/producer on the Fast and the Furious property since the mid-2000s and co-writer on last year’s 47 Ronin (both for Universal) – have been tapped by Universal, ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
With the success Marvel is having with their movies and Disney about to release a Star Wars movie a year for the foreseeable future, a number of other studios are looking to follow that strategy. Sony is trying to do something similar with Spider-Man and it has been revealed that Universal is interested in relaunching their Universal Monsters.
According to Deadline, the plan is to develop new interconnected movies featuring Universal’s popular monsters that will take place in the same cinematic world. In charge of setting up this new world is Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Moran (Fast & Furious series).
Dracula Untold will not likely be part of this plan, but the movie’s box office success will probably be the deciding factor. First up should be the planned reboot of The Mummy, which is slated for a 2016 release. It’s unknown how involved Kurtzman and Moran »
- Jonathan James
If comic book heroes can have shared universes, why can't classic monsters? Universal Pictures has announced major plans to revitalize its heritage by developing a "substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories".
In layman's terms, it means its library of monster movie properties - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy - are about to get a shared onscreen universe deal akin to the Marvel Studios films.
"Star Trek," "Transformers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" co-scribe Alex Kurtzman along with "Wanted" and regular "Fast and the Furious" series scribe Chris Morgan are the architects behind the interconnected slate, though it's unclear if either will write any of the projects planned.
Morgan and Kurtzman will work closely the studio's various arms to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects »
- Garth Franklin
The first rumblings that Universal would be seeking out Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to develop a remake of The Mummy began in September 2012 with Len Wiseman (Underworld) in talks to direct a script from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Now Orci and Kurtzman have split and Kurtzman remains on the project, Wiseman is no longer attached and Chris Morgan (Fast Five screenwriter) now involved, though to what capacity is unclear, though it does seem as if Spaihts' script is out the window. Even more than all of that, the goal is to not only reboot The Mummy, but to create a "cinematic universe" surrounding Universal's classic monsters, which also includes Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man. You know, the new Marvel formula of creating a universe so as to ensure one hit leads to several. It »
- Brad Brevet
Today, Deadline is reporting that Universal has selected Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will be in charge of creating a shared cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Kurtzman is best known for collaborating with Roberto Orci on screenplays/stories for Michael Bay'sTransformers films, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man films. While Chris Morgan has written five of The Fast & Furious films. For a long stretch Universal let their classic movie monsters collect dust, but in the past few decades they've attempted to reboot those franchises with films like: The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold. Now Kurtzman and Morgan will nurture a cinematic universe that will connect all of the monsters in their stable. "They’ve begun the »
Last year, we reported that Universal had hired Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to create a crossover universe employing the studios famous monsters such as Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, et al. But a few months ago, Orci and Kurtzman dissolved their long partnership, and have gone their separate ways. However, Universal still wants their Avengers-style crossover world featuring the studio's treasured creatures, and has now brought on Chris Morgan to team up with Kurtzman on the project. Morgan is a favorite at the studio having written the scripts for every Fast & Furious movie since Tokyo Drift, which is good because when I go to a Fast & Furious movie, it's because of the screenwriting. Hit the jump for more on what Kurtzman, Morgan, and Universal have planned for the classic monsters. According to Deadline, Universal wants to create a unified world for their monsters. Presumably, this includes the monsters that »
- Matt Goldberg
We've seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!
According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, »
- Steve Barton
Though modern audiences probably know Universal most for its Despicable Me, Fast & Furious and Jurassic Park franchises, the studio actually holds the rights to many much older franchises centered on classic movie monsters now considered to be old relics. I’m talking Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, the Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, The Mummy and more. Though Universal did attempt to breathe new life into one of those icons with The Wolf Man back in 2010, the film came off as a haphazardly constructed creature feature with great make-up and a thin story, and it didn’t open any doors for the studio.
Now, however, Universal is taking another swing at bringing back its movie monsters, developing a new production endeavor that will be devoting to revitalizing several of those classic creatures. Today, it was revealed that the studio has tapped Alex Kurtzman and »
- Isaac Feldberg
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