Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts. (more…)
When it comes to the Universal Studios‘ Monsters shared universe, The Mummy is slated to be the Iron Man, the one that kicks it all off! Ironic considering that once upon a time, Tom Cruise was up for the part of Tony Stark, but now he’s the only hope standing between modern day London and a bandaged bad ass from Ancient Egypt. The Mummy is presently shooting in London, and while spy pics from the set are inevitable, Universal is trying to appease us with the official description of the film. There’s no spoilers here, and there’s really nothing surprising either, but what is affirmed below is that this is just the beginning. (more…)
Get ready, Universal is gearing up to create a monster universe, and first up on the slate is a remake of the popular 90’s film, The Mummy, originally starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. In line with other recent reboots such as Ghostbusters, the new mummy will be a lady. Algerian actress Sofia Boutella is in talks to play the titular role in the creature feature helmed by producer/director Alex Kurtzman. Doctor Strange co-writer Jon Spaihts has penned this screenplay, as well as one for the next monster movie, Van Helsing, although both he and Kurtzman are keeping mum about the plot details. (more…)
It’s been over 10 years since Star Trek has graced our TV screens; Enterprise ended its run unceremoniously in 2005. Most people were fine with that, but in the intervening years, especially after J.J. Abrams‘ rebooted Star Trek movies became a smash success, Trekkies everywhere started to wonder how long it would be before CBS would see the logic (heh) in making a renewed effort to launch a small screen Trek. There’s been no shortage of interest, many writers have had in their back pocket ideas to make it happened, and have even shared a few, but now it looks like something official is being built in TV space dock under the supervision of Alex Kurtzman. (more…)
He co-wrote a screenplay featuring a giant robot scrotum with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He helped load The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with so much plot detail that they barely had any room for a story or character. He participated in the silly is-he-Khan or isn’t-he debate for Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s the most divisive screenwriter in Hollywood, and now Roberto Orci is crowing that he’s finished the first draft of his follow-up to STID, putting the flick on track for that important and symbolic 2016 release date. (more…)
In the divorce between writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it seems that while Orci will keep Star Trek, Kurtzman will continue to be a part of the Universal Studios Monsters franchise by doubling down on The Mummy, now not just as its co-screenwriter, but as its director. In what will be his directorial follow-up to the 2012 disappointment People Like Us, Kurtzman takes it on himself to not just relaunch Universal’s Mummy franchise, but to start the ball rolling in realizing a shared universe for Universal’s Monster line-up which includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman. (more…)
If I had a nickel every time someone in Hollywood didn’t do something because of “creative differences”… The latest casualty of the oldest excuse in Tinseltown is The Mummy reboot, the movie that’s supposed to launch a shared-universe kind of franchise featuring the classic Universal Studios monsters. This isn’t the first roadblock hit by the franchise-in-waiting, but it is the latest, and it’s likely to make the launch of the Monster-verse (trademark pending) delayed even further. (more…)
Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.
Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. (more…)
THR reports screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are on board to pen the third installment of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man film series. Orci and Kurtzman, along with working on ASM 1 and 2, are best known for their work on the Transformers franchise and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.
The highly anticipated Amazing Spider-Man 2, set for release next summer, will introduce Electro and Rhino (Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti).
Part three, allegedly, will present a new take on Spidey’s most famous foe: The Green Goblin.
Amazing Spider-Man 3 is due in theaters June 10, 2016.
Source: Cinema Blend
If you’re going to transplant one actor from Fringe to a new part in Fox’s supernatural conspiracy drama Sleepy Hollow, then you couldn’t do much better than John Noble, and Deadline is now reporting that the actor has just signed on for a recurring part in this fall’s first new hit. Noble will play Henry Parrish, who Deadline describes as “a kind and reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that have the potential to help the series’ protagonist, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison).” There’s no word yet though just how many episodes Noble will appear in, or when his appearances will begin.
Did you see the series premiere of Sleepy Hollow this past Monday? If you didn’t, you missed a rare treat, a bizarre conflagration of National Treasure, Washington Irving, The X-Files, Grimm, and Twin Peaks, and what kills you is that you buy it hook, line and sinker. Sleepy Hollow may end up being the best tongue-in-cheek, campy genre TV show since the heyday of Hercules and Xena (oddly enough Sleepy Hollow co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman got their start on those shows).
Anyway, if you haven’t seen Sleepy Hollow yet, you should at lease be prepared to see it stick around for a while. The first episode was watched by 10.1 million viewers and a 3.5 in 18-49 demo. The show was Fox’s biggest opening for a fall drama series in seven years.
What do you Bastards think of Sleepy Hollow? Looking forward to more Noble-level zaniness? Sound off below.