Universal Pictures is getting ready to start their shared Universal Monsters universe with next year’s The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise. Also on their slate for this shared universe will be Invisible Man, Van Helsing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Wolfman. Most of these films are in pre-production, however, it looks like The Wolfman is starting to pick up steam.
Easily one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson‘s name is being attached to yet another project. Still basking in a strong second place finish last weekend for his film Central Intelligence against Pixar heavyweight Finding Dory, it would not be unusual to see Johnson get further movie offers given his star-power. Here’s the rub: can this man fit anything else into his already jam-packed schedule? Not only is he averaging about three movies a year, he’s also got a series on HBO, not to mention the occasional wrestling appearance and a family to raise. Perhaps what Johnson needs is an alterego that comes out when the moon is full… (more…)
As it stands, we have Marvel and Disney making lucrative business with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox have the lucrative X-men to branch out on (recently announced Deadpool movie) and Sony have Spiderman (however, things aren’t looking too hot business wise with that franchise as Venom has been cancelled). So it’s only natural that Universal were planning on expanding their Monster Movie Universe. But here’s the kicker, the past couple of movies have performed rather poorly at the box office. The original monster movies’ are what Universal studios were built on. With the success of movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisiable Man, Dracula and The Mummy that originated from the 1930s, helping Universal become the mammoth studio it is today. However, it seems like Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has conceded defeat. (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…)
Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.
But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.
And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)
Rarely will one go as far as to publicly bury the movies their studio was responsible for making, but Universal‘s Ron Meyer decided to bring out the shovel and start digging…. deep.
While speaking to a crowd at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer pulled no punches describing just how he really feels. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing the words “Fantastic”, “wonderful” or “Oscar worthy” anywhere in the following.
Meyer said “We make a lot of s***ty movies…Every one of them breaks my heart.”
If Ron has anyone to blame he could blame himself, as an executive he does have say in how a film can be constructed right up to the final development stages. At any point he could have pulled the plug on anything, but instead he just wants to bitch and boy does he ever.
On Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford:
“Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. … Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it … I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it. It happens. They’re talented people. Certainly you couldn’t have more talented people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, but it took, you know, ten smart and talented people to come up with a mediocre movie. It just happens.”
On the comedy time and space traveling comedy Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell:
“Land of the Lost was just crap. … I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong … Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people.”
I give Ron credit for the Land of the Lost slam, since it really did suck something ferice, and the defense of Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim. Ron however, saved the worst of his venom for the Joe Johnston (Captain America) directed The Wolfman, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benecio Del Toro:
“One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman. … It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio stunk. It all stunk.”
The cost of security alone is already going to cost him big, but after hearing such kind words spoken about their movies it will be some kind of miracle if Ron stays in Universal for much longer.
2010’s The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro was a glossy, good-looking production that never fully delivered on its promise of resurrecting one of pop culture’s OMs (original monsters) for a modern audience. Universal Pictures debated trying again with another reboot. THR reports however, that Universal has given up on the potentially epic franchise, as their next Wolfman will be a straight to DVD production.
This version began shooting in Bucharest, Romania today and will be directed by Louis Morneau, who previously helmed Joy Ride II and Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting.
Here’s the long-winded press release (aka Universal’s manifesto on how to mishandle a franchise)
There’s no safe place to hide as the all-new supernatural Untitled Werewolf Thriller begins principal photography in and around Bucharest, Romania. Universal celebrates its storied history of creatures and horror with an exhilarating original adventure that embraces the popular cultural resurgence of the age-old werewolf myth. Breathtaking action and nail-biting suspense collide as an army of bounty hunters descend on a tiny hamlet in search of the most terrifying monster they have ever fought. The latest entry in the hugely successful DVD Originals™ line from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Untitled Werewolf Thriller will be released on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand in time for Halloween 2012.
“Universal introduced the movie-going public to the ‘creature feature’ more than a half century ago,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Today, audiences are once again enthralled by supernatural creatures in books, on television and in movies. Audiences young and old will enjoy this completely new take on a timeless story that is an essential part of Universal’s legacy.”
Here is the synopsis..
“The movie amps up the action and the werewolf count with a tale set in an unnamed 19th century European village where a werewolf attack draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans. A young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of bounty hunters but “it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf.”
The full cast are: Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), Steven Bauer (Scarface), Ed Quinn (True Blood) and Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars), along with Guy Wilson, Adam Croasdell and Rachel DiPillo.
Way to ruin a potentially epic franchise. Dicks!
Most everyone knows this, but if you’re a cultural clunk then take note that 2010’s The Wolfman sucked hairy ass (no pun intended). A glossy, good-looking production that never fully delivered on its promise of resurrecting one of the great movie monsters for a modern audience. Which is why tt’s being taken out back and shot with a silver bullet, as it’s been revealed that the remake will be getting the reboot treatment. Yea, you heard the right. A reboot of a remake. Hollywood hootenanny at it’s finest.
The reworked script for Universal, written by Michael Tabb, has become a stand-alone feature simply titled Werewolf. Originally leaked by Moviehole this new movie will be closer to the original 1941 George Waggner film rather than the Joe Johnston directed slip-up . And just pray-tell will be directing this horror of horrors? Universal has stamped it’s approval on Louis Morneau. Who?
If the name Morneau doesn’t ring a bell thats because his previous credits include Joy Ride 2 : Dead Ahead, The Hitcher II : I’ve Been Waiting, Bats and Retroactive. Suffice to say, Universal is taking a big risk on this one. I’m certainly not getting my hopes up. You’ll find me frequently checking the $5.99 bin at Walmart.
Via: Comic Book Movie
Throughout my life, I’ve heard from quite the amount of people saying how life would be easier if there was a reset button. It seems that many forms of media have been hitting that button. Whether it be a reboot, reset, re-imagining or re-whatever, Hollywood seems to be guilty in pressing the button in order to get the big bucks.
Last year, Universal Pictures released their remake of The Wolfman film. The Joe Jonston (Jurassic Park III, upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger) didn’t perform well in theaters and most folks just considered it a mediocre remake with a few things worth praising about. Like most films, there were plans for a sequel but word is going around that the planned sequel may now be another reboot for the movie monster.
Really Hollywood? Really!? The film just came out last year and already a reboot? Sure it may have bombed at the theaters, probably because the R rating could be of blame, but it did all right in DVD/Blu-ray sales and hell, it even won an Oscar for makeup. Maybe I’m reacting this way because I’m getting tired of seeing everything getting rebooted in someway or maybe I’m just worried that they may do a terrible PG-13 flick on the legendary creature.
Stuart Beattie, the guy who gave us 30 Days of Night and then clubbed us over the head with GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has been announced as the writer-director of Lakeshore Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of the cult comic I, Frankenstein, originally written and conceived by Underworld franchise co-creator Kevin Grevioux.
Announcements that this flick is in the works date back to 2009, so the solidarity of the project might be in doubt at this point. Grevioux and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos were previously attached to helm the project, so who knows where it’s headed next.
And, honestly, maybe we just want this one to stay uncertain. I, Frankenstein places the classic Frankenstein monster (Who, for the millionth time, isn’t named Frankenstein at all. That’s the name of his creator.) in a Raymond Chandler-esque city called Darkhaven (groan) with other classic horror characters including The Invisible Man, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dracula (who is a crime kingpin, of course). The monster has become the equivalent of a private detective saving others from the forces of evil (like Blade or John Constantine, but somehow not).
How many of these “inspired re-imaginings” must we endure before someone has an original idea again? The best we can hope for now is Mickey Rourke being cast as the creature, so at least we’ll get something akin to Sin City with more monsters.