Finally! It’s been 25 years and four direct-to-video sequels, but Kevin Bacon is finally coming back to the role that made him famous(er) as one of the men that brought down the Graboids in the 1990 horror/comedy Tremors. A new series based on Tremors is now in development, with an initially 13-episode first season ready and waiting to be made, and although Syfy tried its hand at making a Tremors TV show more than 10 years ago, this time they have a secret weapon: a side of Bacon. Meaning that when and if this Tremors hits the screen, Kevin Bacon will star, and not just cameo. (more…)
‘Pacific Rim 2’ Is Off Universal’s Release Calendar – but Guillermo del Toro is Still Working on It Anyway
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.
On select nights from September 18th through November 1st, 2015 something spooky happens at Universal Studios theme parks. No, we’re not talking about long lines at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal turns into a scream park, known for the last 20 years as “Halloween Horror Nights” – with haunted houses and horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs abound.
Now a new and familiar terror has been added to the horror nights lineup, in Michael Myers from the cult-classic horror film franchise Halloween. (more…)
After two underwhelming Hulk movies, it might be understandable that Hollywood studios might be gun shy about sinking another nine-figure budget into an effort that looks unlikely to make a return on that investment. But is that still case? Mark Ruffalo has played the character in two successful Avengers movies, and is so far the only actor to play the Hulk in more than one movie. In other words, audiences have embraced him in the part. They may be willing to see more Hulk out on his own without the other Avengers, and certainly Age of Ultron set that possibility up. However, reports are saying now that the only thing stopping the arrival of a new Hulk at the multiplex is the will of Marvel Studios itself. (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…)
Universal’s first experience adapting a board game to the big screen was not great. Battleship was savaged by critics and ignored by audiences, and any hope of a franchise went, ahem, down with the ship. But hey, if at first you don’t succeed… Another board game based movie is on the way, but instead of going all action-packed, this one is reaching for the horror side of cinema. Of course, with a game like Ouija, which has a long, complicated history of occult connections, what other genre could you approach that game with other than horror? Comedy? The trailer just released certainly begs to differ. (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 Hollywood Presents: ‘Bill &Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure’…Because They Hate You
How’s this for a mash-up?
Bill and Ted travel to the land of Oz where they meet Gay Superman, the crew of the USS Enterprise, General Zod, Wreck-It Ralph, Amanda Bynes, and the ghost of late Glee star Cory Monteith (in the form of a tornado).
This could have been absurdly awesome–instead, the producers decided to go in another direction, and put on a show offensive to every moral, ethical, artistic, and simply HUMAN sensibility imaginable. (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…)
This just in, but 2015 has officially added another high-profile movie to its all ready bursting schedule. Mark your calendars for December 18, 2015 because Warcraft, the movie based on the massive online role-playing game World of Warcraft, will be in theaters that day.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) October 1, 2013
The preceding tweet also confirmed that Universal would be distributing the film under their new arrangement with Legendary Pictures, who are producing the film. Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing.
Comic Book Movie also points out an interesting conundrum, the official scheduling of Warcraft for the 2015 holiday season also calls into question the supposed release date of Star Wars Episode VII, which was rumored to be looking at a similar release date. And with a very full summer schedule, there’s not a lot of room for Wars to maneuver in 2015. 2016 anyone?
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie