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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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‘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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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, »

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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. »

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Movie News: Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World' Photo; Hemsworth's 'The Huntsman' Confirmed for 2016

1 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow shared a new photo of Chris Pratt from Jurassic World, marking it with the caption: "See you next summer, Star-Lord." Pratt, of course, stars as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, which smashes into theaters today; Jurassic World hits cinemas on June 12, 2015. [Twitter via Coming Soon]   The Huntsman/The Mummy: The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman now has an official release date (April 22, 2016), a confirmed director (Frank Darabont), and a new, official title: The Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return in starring roles. Universal Studios also announced that its reboot of The Mummy, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, is moving from April 22 to June 24, 2016, marking it as a summer...

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News Briefs: See a New Photo of Chris Pratt from 'Jurassic World'

1 August 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow shared a new photo of Chris Pratt from Jurassic World, marking it with the caption: "See you next summer, Star-Lord." Pratt, of course, stars as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, which smashes into theaters today; Jurassac World comes to cinemas on June 12, 2015. [Twitter]   The Huntsman/The Mummy: The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman now has an official release date (April 22, 2016), a confirmed director (Frank Darabont), and a new, official title: The Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return in starring roles. Universal Studios also announced that its reboot of The Mummy, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, is moving from April 22 to June 24, 2016, marking it as a summer blockbuster....

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Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy to Launch Cinematic Monster Universe

1 August 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Alex Kurtzman was recently announced as the director of The Mummy reboot, which will be the first in a Universal Pictures cinematic monster universe, in the same way Iron Man launched the Marvel cinematic universe. Kurtzman is a brilliant choice to direct and has been involved with lots of acclaimed TV and movies, notably Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fringe, Sleepy Hollow, and Alias. His knack for great episodic and cinematic storytelling is exactly what's needed for the movie that will kickstart a whole universe of films.

Universal is also pushing its release date back to June 26, 2016. My guess is that Universal and Kurtzman want enough time to properly develop the movie and map out the cinematic universe.

I've heard rumors that Universal Pictures cinematic monster universe will be set in modern day, a rumor I hope is not true. Maybe it's my limited vision for these characters, »

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Dates confirmed for The Mummy and Huntsman spin-off

31 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The new The Mummy and Snow White And The Huntsman films will both arrive in 2016...

Universal has been having a strong year at the box office without sequels and franchises (save for The Purge: Anarchy). However, it's not taking that gamble again anytime soon, and it's lined up a couple of big hitters for 2016.

The studio has confirmed that the reboot of The Mummy, which Alex Kurtzman is directing, will arrive on June 24th 2016. That's two months later than originally announced.

The reason for the delay? So the studio can slot in the spin-off from Snow White And The Huntsman. Entitled The Huntsman, the new movie will focus on Chris Hemsworth's character, and Frank Darabont is attached to direct the movie. Charlize Theron will return, and The Huntsman is now set to land on April 22nd 2016.

We've nothing else to add at this stage, so we will go away. »

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'Snow White' Prequel 'The Huntsman' Swaps Release Dates with 'The Mummy'

31 July 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures announced today that their Snow White and the Huntsman prequel The Huntsman will be released on April 22, 2016, while confirming that Frank Darabont is set to direct with Snow White and the Huntsman stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron returning. The studio has also moved their Untitled Mummy Reboot from April 22, 2016 to June 24, 2016.

Take a look at the studio's official statement, which makes no mention of Kristen Stewart returning as Snow White.

"The fantastical world of 2012's global hit Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron return to their roles in a new epic action-adventure, The Huntsman. Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) directs and wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. »

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Snow White and the Huntsman prequel sets release, The Mummy moved

31 July 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures has set a release date for the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, and moved the debut of the Mummy's reboot.

The studio confirmed on Thursday (July 31) that The Huntsman will hit cinemas on April 22, 2016, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the titular hero.

It was recently announced that the prequel will focus solely Hemsworth's character The Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart's Snow White being excised entirely.

Frank Darabont of The Walking Dead and The Green Mile is in line to direct The Huntsman.

The Huntsman's April 2016 release date means that filmmaker Alex Kurtzman's reboot of The Mummy is moving to June 26, 2016.

The Mummy is being written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and will re-launch Universal's monster movie franchise. »

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Snow White Prequel ‘The Huntsman’ & ‘Mummy’ Get New Release Dates

31 July 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

There are now two Universal-backed project – a modern reboot of The Mummy franchise and a new film set in the Snow White and the Huntsman universe – that are suddenly moving forward at a steady pace, after having looked all but dead for a while. Yesterday, we learned that the next Mummy movie has gained a new director in Alex Kurtzman, who is also serving as one of the chief architects for Universal’s resurrected classic monsters universe; today, the aforementioned Snow White project has been dated for 2016, with the Mummy having been pushed back a couple months to give it more room for landing.

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The Huntsman Dated For 2016, Will Bump The Mummy Back Two Months

31 July 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal Pictures is looking at a pretty profitable year in 2016. In addition to Ride Along 2, Warcraft, The Best Man Wedding, Bourne 5 and Skull Island, the studio has just added a high-profile prequel to its lineup, simultaneously bumping another big-budget reboot back two months. Let’s take the prequel first, then the reboot.

Tody, the studio unveiled Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up The Huntsman, which will count out Kristen Stewart to instead tell the story of how the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) first encountered villainous Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Frank Darabont is set to direct the prequel, which was formerly known as Snow White and the Huntsman 2. It has been dated for April 22nd, 2016.

The film previously slotted for that date, Alex Kurtzman’s remake of The Mummy, has been shifted by two months to June 24th, 2016. Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) will be penning the script, about which details are currently scarce. »

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‘The Huntsman,’ ‘The Mummy’ Swap Release Dates

31 July 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures is shifting around pieces on its release calendar.

The studio will unveil “The Huntsman,” the sequel to 2013’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” on April 22, 2016, which will push its reboot of “The Mummy” back by two months.

The Mummy” will now rise from the dead on June 24, 2016. Both films have their dates to themselves, although “The Huntsman” will debut the week after “The Best Man Wedding,” while “The Mummy” will land between “Independence Day 2,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” and “Finding Dory.”

“The Huntsman” will bring back Chris Hemsworth, but will jettison Kristen Stewart. “The Mummy” will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, the director of “People Like Us” and the writer of “Star Trek.”

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