Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to Create Crossover Universe for UNIVERSAL MONSTERS Starting with THE MUMMY

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Last year, we reported that Universal had hired Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to create a crossover universe employing the studios famous monsters such as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, et al.  But a few months ago, Orci and Kurtzman dissolved their long partnership, and have gone their separate ways.  However, Universal still wants their Avengers-style crossover world featuring the studio’s treasured creatures, and has now brought on Chris Morgan to team up with Kurtzman on the project.  Morgan is a favorite at the studio having written the scripts for every Fast & Furious movie since Tokyo Drift, which is good because when I go to a Fast & Furious movie, it’s because of the screenwriting.

Hit the jump for more on what Kurtzman, Morgan, and Universal have planned for the classic monsters.

Director Andres Muschietti Departs Universal’s THE MUMMY Reboot over Creative Differences

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It’s not a great day for Hollywood remakes.  First, the Point Break reboot lost star Gerard Butler due to creative differences and a scheduling conflict.  Now, Universal’s reboot of The Mummy has parted ways with director Andres Muschietti over creative conflicts as well.  Muschietti joined the monster movie less than a year ago, after his work on the more modestly budgeted film Mama generated buzz to go along with its box office take.  It seems that the studio’s original plan was to go for a darker take on the horror icon – something Muschietti was on board for – but has recently decided to go in a more family-friendly direction.  Hit the jump for more.

New Release Dates from Universal/Legendary Pictures Include WARCRAFT, SEVENTH SON and THE MUMMY, Plus Warner Bros. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest update to the release date schedule:

  • Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015.
  • Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016.
  • Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016.
  • Also, Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014.

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Check Out Dark Hall Mansion and Tom Whalen’s 10-Print Folio of Universal Classic Monsters

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The Halloween season is by far one my favorite seasons of the year.  The decorations, pumpkins, haunted houses, and of course scary movies.  When it comes to horror flicks, there are none more synonymous with Halloween then the Universal Monsters series.  Come this Oct. 31, Dark Hall Mansion and artist Tom Whalen have teamed up to bring a folio set of 10 prints to your home this All Hallow’s Eve!  Better news, everyone will have an equal shot of getting these bad boys.  Hit the jump to check out some images and see how you can get a set for yourself.

Blu-ray Deals: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION for $64.99 (57% Off)

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Perfectly timed so you can pick it up before Halloween, Amazon’s Deal of the Day is Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray.  The set contains Dracula, the Spanish version of Dracula (a fascinating alternate take on the same script), Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  I own this set and I recommend it wholeheartedly.  The transfers are incredible, the special features are insightful, and obviously the movies themselves are terrific.  I was re-watching Bride of Frankenstein last night, and it truly is one of the greatest movies ever made.  This set gives the movie and all the other films the home release they deserve.  For $64.99 (57% off), this is a steal.  Remember, Gold Box Deals are only good until the end of the day or while supplies last.

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Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Planning Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe

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If only Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman‘s business savvy were equal to their screenwriting talent.  The duo have no problem getting attached to blockbuster properties, and while part of that is being credited on previously successful blockbusters, there are other big-budget screenwriters who don’t become so prolific.   In addition to moving into television with Sleepy Hollow and plans to produce feature adaptations of Locke & Key and Dragonology, Orci and Kurtzman are also developing remakes of Van Helsing and The Mummy because it’s great to make movies no one wanted.  But it turns out they’ve got big plans for Universal’s stable of horror icons beyond simple remakes.

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MAMA Director Andy Muschietti in Talks to Direct MUMMY Reboot for Universal

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A replacement director has been found for Universal The Mummy reboot after Len Wiseman departed the project a couple of months ago, and it’s a pretty exciting choice. Wiseman cited scheduling issues as the reason for his departure, which seemed to hint that Universal was keen on moving forward with The Mummy as quickly as possible.  Their director search now looks to have come to a close, as THR reports that Mama director Andy Muschietti is now in talks to take the helm of the pic, which reinvisions the classic Universal horror character in modern day.  Further details are under wraps, but Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts penned the script.

Muschietti was hand-picked by producer Guillermo del Toro to expand his own short film into a feature with Mama, and the horror pic was a nice success for Universal, tallying up $146 million worldwide.  It’s exciting to see that a talented and creatively hungry filmmaker has been chose for The Mummy, so hopefully he’s able to bring a fresh perspective to the material that will make this redo worthwhile.

Len Wiseman Exits Universal’s Reboot of THE MUMMY

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Looks like the producers of Universal’s The Mummy reboot will have to dig up a new director.  Len Wiseman (Total Recall) is reported as being off the project due to scheduling issues.  Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in search of a director immediately as the production is continuing to roll.  The Jon Spaihts script looks to reinvent the lucrative series which earned over $1 billion during its last trilogy run.  There’s also the question of screenwriter Billy Ray’s competing script, though the reboot is expected to occur in the modern day regardless.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Sets HUNGER GAMES Scribe Billy Ray to Pen Competing Script for THE MUMMY Reboot

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Universal Pictures really, really wants to get their reboot of The Mummy going.  Last September the studio tapped Underworld and Total Recall helmer Len Wiseman to direct the redo of the classic monster movie for a possible 2014 release.  The film will be set in present day and is described as “epic,” and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) are on board to produce the pic with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) working on the screenplay.  However, Universal is now taking out a bit of an insurance policy by commissioning a separate, competing script for the film by The Hunger Games and State of Play scribe Billy Ray.  Hit the jump for more details on this atypical approach.

Len Wiseman’s THE MUMMY Will Be Set in the Modern Day; Will Be “Epic”

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Earlier this year, we learned that Universal was rebooting The Mummy franchise with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to write the screenplay, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on board to produce.  In September, director Len Wiseman (Total Recall) joined the project, and now he has provided some brief details on how his movie will differ from the recent Brendan Fraser flicks.  The character originally found popularity on the screen in 1932 when it was played by the legendary Boris Karloff.

Hit the jump for more.  The Mummy reboot is set for a possible 2014 release.

UNIVERSAL’S CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard to overestimate the impact of Universal’s classic monster movies. They brought the themes and techniques of German Expressionism straight to Hometown U.S.A. and forever defined our notion of horror movies in the process. Every Halloween decoration ever made owes them some debt. Every onscreen boogeyman and misunderstood outcast can trace their roots back to them. They’ve become so ingrained in pop culture that we scarcely acknowledge their existence anymore… save during moments like this one, when they make the leap onto a new medium. As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Universal has packaged eight of them into an “Essentials” Blu-ray collection, a handsome set that nonetheless stumbles into a number of expected pitfalls. Hit the jump for my full review.

Len Wiseman to Direct THE MUMMY Reboot for a Possible 2014 Release

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Things are moving rather quickly on Universal’s reboot of The Mummy.  It was announced back in May that Star Trek screenwriters/prolific producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman would be developing reboots of both The Mummy and Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in the latter.  In subsequent interviews Kurtzman hinted at approaching the reboots with a darker tone than their original counterparts, and sure enough, Underworld and Total Recall director Len Wiseman is now being lined up to take the helm of The Mummy.

Hit the jump for more, including Wiseman’s thoughts on the monster redo.

Details and Box Art for UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION Blu-ray with 8 Movies and 12 Hours of Bonus Features

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Universal is prepping the Blu-ray release of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on October 2.  The box set features Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  There are 12 hours of bonus features and a 48-page book with behind-the-scenes photographs and original posters.  Notably,Creature from the Black Lagoonis presented in 3D as it was filmed.  Basically, if you are a fan of the Universal monsters, this sounds like a godsend.

Hit the jump for the press release with details on the special features that accompany each movie and a look at the box art.

Alex Kurtzman Talks PEOPLE LIKE US, STAR TREK 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, ENDER’S GAME and the VAN HELSING and THE MUMMY Reboots

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People Like Us is a family dramedy inspired by true events from the life of writer/director Alex Kurtzman. The story follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something guy who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) that Sam never knew about, and he is forced to re-examine his own life and re-think everything he thought he knew about his family.

At the film’s press day, Alex Kurtzman talked to Collider about deciding to share such a personal story with the world, the advantages and disadvantages in writing something without a set deadline, what made him decide to direct, and how important the casting was for the tone of the movie.  He also talked about the emotional experience of returning to the Enterprise for the Star Trek sequel, what made he and business partner Roberto Orci want to sign on to write the sequel for The Amazing Spider-Man, how they just wrapped Ender’s Game (which takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war) and Now You See Me (about FBI agents who track a team of illusionists that pull off bank heists during their performances) as producers, and how excited they are to be rebooting Van Helsing and The Mummy. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Alex Kurtzman Talks STAR TREK 2, Writing THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel, THE MUMMY and VAN HELSING Reboots, More

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This weekend, Collider got to participate in the press junket for People Like Us, a family dramedy inspired by true events from the life of writer/director Alex Kurtzman.  The story follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something guy who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) that Sam never knew about, and he is forced to re-examine his own life and re-think everything he thought he knew about his family.

While we will post what Kurtzman had to say about his feature film debut closer to its June 29th release, we did want to share what he had to say to us about the emotional experience of returning to the Enterprise for the Star Trek sequel, how insane it was to be able to really walk around the ship, how the set was built for the hallways to connect so that director J.J. Abrams could play whole scenes without a cut, and how they’re still in discussion about when the first official images or teaser trailer might be released.  He also talked about what made he and business partner Roberto Orci want to sign on to write the sequel for The Amazing Spider-Man, how they just wrapped Ender’s Game (which takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war) and Now You See Me (about FBI agents who track a team of illusionists that pull off bank heists during their performances) as producers, and how excited they are to be rebooting Van Helsing and The Mummy.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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