10 items from 2015
Almost canceled after losing its first director, Stephen King's It movie is back on track with a new person behind the camera. THR reports that Andres Muschietti is in negotiations to take the helm for New Line. The movie has been without a director since May. There has been quite a lot of juggling when it comes to the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It, and for a short time, it looked like it might not even happen.
Cary Fukunaga, best known for his work directing True Detective, was hired to turn the thick tome into an epic blockbuster. That soon turned into two movies, and the budget ballooned. The director walked sighting creative differences. Then it looked like the movie was canceled altogether. But it transferred from Warner Bros. to New Line, where it was said the budget had been wrangled in and was under control. Cary Fukunaga »
Vincenzo Natali’s feature debut, the cult sci-fi horror mind bender Cube is getting the remake treatment at Lionsgate. Writer Jon Spaihts (the original Prometheus draft, the upcoming Passengers, Doctor Strange and The Mummy) is producing alongside Roy Lee, while up-and-coming filmmaker Saman Kesh (Controller) will direct. THR reports the reimagining will “use the original setup of seven strangers trapped in a…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Though Universal spent its time at CinemaCon revealing dates for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels and announcing a new release date for Furious 8, there are more properties getting shuffled than just those two. In particular, today brings some bad news for monster fans and sci-fi action aficionados.
Universal’s planned ‘Universal Monsters’ franchise has been considerably delayed, with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy shifting nine months from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017. That move also impacts the next, untitled monster movie, which was set to open April 21, 2017, but has been re-slotted for March 30, 2018.
Many are anticipating that The Wolf Man, which Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is scripting, will take that second date, but Scarlett Johansson is currently being courted for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, so it’s unclear whether that title will get priority should she sign up.
- Isaac Feldberg
Two upcoming monster movies from Universal, one being the kick-off of its shared Universal Monsterverse, the other a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju vs. jagers thrasher, Pacific Rim, have received new release dates from the studio. Universal announced The Mummy, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman and the lead-off in a new series of…
- Samuel Zimmerman
The film, which is widely hoped to break the videogame movie curse, had already been put back from December 2015 to get it out of the way of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now though, it's being moved into a high summer slot, as the film will arrive on June 10th 2016.
Then, a blockbuster that had been planned for 2016 is moving back to 2017. That'd be The Mummy reboot, that Alex Kurtzman is set to produce and direct. Its release moves from June 2016 to March 24th 2017 (where it'll arrive just ahead of Fast & Furious 8).
Pacific Rim 2, which had been scheduled for »
“Warcraft,” based on Blizzard Entertainment’s hit videogame “World of Warcraft,” has shifted from March 11, 2016, to June 10, 2016. Duncan Jones will direct from a script by himself and Charles Leavitt.
Universal has also dated an untitled monster franchise film on March 30, 2018, which has been moved back from its original April 21, 2017, date. The series »
- Alex Stedman
Back in October 2012, Universal Pictures set David Kajganich to work on the script for their Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, although that was the last we heard of the project. Today, The Tracking Board reports that Scarlett Johansson is the studio's top choice to star in the remake, but it isn't known if an official offer has been made quite yet. The studio is developing a Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise, which is being spearheaded by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, but it isn't known if this project is part of that initiative yet.
Last year's Dracula Untold was confirmed as the first entry into this universe, with the Untitled Mummy Reboot, set for release on June 24, 2016, slated to be the next, although it isn't clear what project will follow from here. The studio did set an April 21, 2017 release date for one of their monster movies, but it was »
As Universal attempts to breathe life back into its classic movie monsters, The Tracking Board reports that Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson is the studio’s top choice to star in a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake.
No details yet on which role Johansson, one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, would take on, but Jack Arnold’s 1954 original starred Julia Adams as the imperiled female lead, so it’s possible that she could be enlisted for a similar ‘scream queen’ role. The first Creature from the Black Lagoon focused on a group of scientists who, while exploring the Amazon, discovered a dangerous prehistoric creature that was part human and part fish.
The new pic will be part of Univeral’s inchoate Universal Monsters brand, which kicked off last fall with Dracula Untold. Though that Luke Evans historical epic was weakly reviewed, it proved a box office success, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman to help develop new Transformers movies alongside franchise director Michael Bay. Deadline reports that Paramount's approach is similar to what director James Cameron did with his Avatar sequels, forming a "writers room" of sorts that will come up with ideas to develop a new multi-part sequel and spinoff movies. Akiva Goldsman isn't expected to write any of these movies himself, but he will find new writers to craft the scripts based on his ideas for the franchise.
The site also reports that Michael Bay would like to have Transformers 5 ready to start production once he wraps on his Benghazi thriller 13 Hours. It has long been believed that last year's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was the only movie last year to cross $1 billion worldwide, was the last Transformers he planned on directing, but it seems he'll be on board to helm Transformers 5 as well. »
The anime series Robotech may finally be heading to the movies - and not at the first attempt...
80s anime series Robotech has long been linked with a Hollywood film adaptation. Over the years there's certainly been no shortage of people linked with the project. That said, the last we heard of a possible feature though was back in 2013, when Nic Mathieu was apparently in talks to direct the film.
Back then, other people involved were Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold and Matthew Plouffe. But it seemed to come to nothing, and from what we can gleam, the assorted personnel have now moved on.
Moving forward to now, though, and there appears to have been progress on a Robotech movie.
New producers are attached to the project, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton now trying to shepherd Robotech to the big screen. And they've already hired Michael Gordon to pen a screenplay for them. »
10 items from 2015
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