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Nowadays, it seems like everything has their own cinematic universe. You gotta give Marvel (and now DC) credit for fully implementing the idea of a coherent universe, spread across multiple films expanding the narrative for each of their films in the subsequent films. Of course, they weren’t the first ones to do it. Way back in the 1920s, Universal Studios made a series of films based on the classic monsters including: Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Invisible Man, and many others. Now, it looks like Universal is going back to the well with planned reboots of these monsters in their new shared universe: Dark Universe.

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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…)

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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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Before JJ Abrams meandered off to a galaxy far, far away, he did a pretty-darn-tootin’ good job of breathing new life into another classic sci-fi franchise with his 2009 “reboot” (I use this word very begrudgingly these days) of Star Trek.  Next year we are due to receive the third film from this new series, the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond, and other than some vague ramblings about how it’s going to be alternatively “less Trek-y” but also somehow harken back to the classic 1960 series’ original roots, not much is known about the particulars of the film.  Today, however, we finally got a decent look at some actual filming footage; while Paramount has been swift in it’s work to remove the video from the internet, we do have a good amount of still photos taken from the video – view them while supplies last!

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