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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…)

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Love him or loathe him, you’ve got to give writer/director Guillermo del Toro credit – the man doesn’t seem to have much quit in him.  Even though Universal Studios recently took Pacific Rim 2 completely off its calendar of upcoming releases, he went ahead and submitted a script and budget request to the studio anyhow.

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With several release dates between now and 2020 reserved, but actually not very much announced in terms of titles to those films being released, Marvel Studios has now pencilled in a name for the July 8, 2016 release date, a movie that’s been long in the works but was directly hinted at in this past spring’s hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s right, tie on your Cloak of Levitation, and shine up your Eye of Agamotto because the Sorcerer Supreme is coming to a theater near you in the Summer of ’16. The time has come for Doctor Stange! (more…)

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The new Mummy movie has been in development for about a year under the combined efforts of producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, director Len Wiseman, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts. But Universal really wants this thing to get made and be released by its 2014 release date, and it looks they’re going to take out a bit of an insurance policy to make sure it happens.

Vulture is reporting that Universal is doubling down on the project by hiring screenwriter Billy Ray, writer of The Hunger Games and State of Play. Ray will be writing his own separate draft as Spaihts continues to toil on his draft. The theory here is that if Spaihts’ draft isn’t up to snuff, then Ray can’s can save the day. Or, if both drafts are a resounding success, the two will be combined to create a “super-script” (my turn of phrase).

No word on whether or not Ray is writing an entire new story or toiling on the same details as Spaihts, but the film is rumored to be taking place in the modern day, and will, obviously, involve a mummy.

More news as it develops.

Source: Collider

Wish Granted. Lindelof Not Writing ‘Prometheus 2’

Prometheus was one of this summer’s biggest disappointments for a lot of fans, and a lot of that blame, for better or worse, fell on screenwriter Damon Lindelof. But as development on the sequel gets underway, it seems that it will have to be done without Lindelof. Here’s what the writer had to say in brief…

“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite.  Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it.  And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in.  The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting.  But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”  I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does.   I don’t have the capability.  I’m usually very single-minded creatively.  I can only be working on one thing at a time.  So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff.  And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.”  And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.”  He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him.  But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”

So I guess you won’t have Damon Lindelof to push around anymore… Not that I think that the faults of Prometheus are entirely his alone, but Lindelof is such a lightening rod for the fan community maybe it might help the sequel engender some trust if he’s not in the picture.

Here’s the full exchange from the Collider interview:

Collider: I know from people at Fox that they were really happy with the worldwide box office of Prometheus and that they are moving forward on a sequel.  Are you involved at all?

Damon Lindelof:  I am not.  Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus were to be successful.  And I think that the movie ended in a very specific way that hinted at, or strongly implied that there were going to be continuing adventures worthy of writing stories.  What those stories would be would not necessarily usurp or transcend the Alien franchise as we saw it because we know that the Nostromo hasn’t come along yet.  So the idea was to set up a universe that… Is it a prequel?  Okay.  If that’s what we want to call it, sure.  But the sequel to this movie is not Alien.  The sequel to this movie is this other thing.

So Ridley and I talked about what that other thing might be, and he was excited about doing it.  But then I think what ended up happening was that the movie came out, and there was a reaction to the movie.  And I got really wrapped up in Trek, and really wrapped up in this movie that I’m producing and writing with Brad Bird.  And I have a TV project that I was really passionate about.  Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go.  And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.”  So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no.  But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things.

The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite.  Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it.  And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in.  The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting.  But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”  I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does.   I don’t have the capability.  I’m usually very single-minded creatively.  I can only be working on one thing at a time.  So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff.  And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.”  And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.”  He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him.  But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.

At least he’s self-aware about it. But despite the hate, Lindelof is staying busy, writing and producing Star Trek Into Darkness and Brad Bird’s super-secret 1952. He also did re-writes on Marc Forster’s World War Z.

Source: Collider

Original ‘Prometheus’ Script Offers More ‘Alien’

Interested in seeing what Jon Spaihts had in mind for the Alien prequel before Ridley Scott and Damon Linelof came aboard and made Prometheus? Well, now you can satiate your curiosity by reading Spaihts’ original script for yourself by clicking here.

The entire thing was leaked online by the website Prometheus Movie, and Spaihts himself confirmed that it is legit via his Twitter page.

So any big differences? I read the first 30 pages of the draft called Alien: Engineers and it kind of follows the same beats as Prometheus with the introduction of a pair of scientists seeking the origins of life on Earth, the attachment of elderly Weyland to the mission, and the introduction of company woman Vickers and the android David. Others who have hear the script, say that’s a perfectly serviceable monster movie, complete with more throwbacks to Alien including facehuggers and chestbursters.

Give ‘er a read and let us know what you think. Is this the version of Prometheus you rather would have seen? Sound off below.

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It’s been argued that you can piece together the entire plot of Prometheus simply by watching the trailers. That’s only half true. On the one hand it’s most certainly a kind of love letter to Alien, another story of a group of people who go searching in space and find something terrifying. But on the other it’s a surprisingly complex sci-fi drama teeming with ambition and big ideas that, while sometimes a little overstuffed, packs plenty of rewards if you’re willing to follow where it leads.

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In another burst of reboot-fever, Universal Pictures has announced that they will be returning The Mummy franchise in a new form.  This won’t just be another mind-numbing sequel starring Brendon Fraser, nor an under-performing spin-off starring The Rock, but a complete redo that promises to take the undead legend in a new direction.

The mummy is an old soul, dating back to 1932.  Even that mummy had its share of mediocre sequels, and when the title came back for a second run in 1999, it followed suit, though with a much higher budget (and a much higher box office return).

The latest installment will be penned by up-and-coming star scriptwriter Jon Spaihts, of Prometheus fame.  Spaihts has been on the lips of producers since writing the first draft of Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated Alien prequel and has a reputation for working within the world of sci-fi.  Unfortunately, Universal will be sticking with The Mummy’s original producer, Sean Daniel, so we’ll see how that goes.

Spaihts is looking forward to putting a new spin on the The Mummy, as he recently stated in an interview:

“I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with ‘Prometheus’: to go back to a franchise’s roots in a dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.”

With this hot, new scriptwriter putting his mind to the task, the new Mummy may turn out to be piece of quality horror.  Prometheus hasn’t hit screens quite yet, but what audiences see there is likely to be indicative of what can be expected from Spaihts future work.  Now, if only they could get Ridley Scott to direct it…

 

Thanks to the hard-working folks at ComingSoon for this one.

Director Ridley Scott and writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, not to mention the rest of the film’s cast and crew have been tight lipped and security conscious in keeping Prometheus plot details under wraps, so with just a few months to go, there’s still a ton of questions about a lot of the film. One thing that was made very clear from the start is that the space jockey from Alien will somehow be involved, and probably have a great “Oh shit” moment. Now we’ve got visual confirmation from the still above that was just released from the movie’s production team. 

Can you see it? In the background of the photo, to the left of Noomi Rapace, two space suits, are visible. Now the scale seems to show those two suits are human size and not the giant seated version we saw in Alien. We’ll have to wait until the summer release to find out exactly how the sapce jockeys figure into the film, but this is an interesting glimpse at what’s to come.

Thanks to the guys over at BasssDigest, we have this lightened up picture so you can see the suits in the background in the updated picture below.

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