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Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:23 am Reply with quote
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FARGO executive producer Noah Hawley will be scripting one of the films. Thus far the only officially announced entry in the interconnected series is THE MUMMY, set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script by Jon Spaihts, leaving a number of the monsters up for the taking. Featuring the likes of Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein's monster, The Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal released countless films featuring these and many more monsters from the 1920s to the 1950s.

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Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:41 am Reply with quote
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Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley participated in a recent roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter where she revealed some ambitious plans in store for the studio.

She spoke about the planned shared universe for the company's classic monsters and confirms that despite the creatures in the series being horror icons, there's no plans for these films to be horror or period pieces. Instead, they will all have a contemporary action-adventure tone:

"We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies - unsuccessfully, actually.

So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience."

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Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:37 am Reply with quote
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Universal Pictures has been trying to get their own cinematic universe off the ground in recent years, but opting instead to use the world of their classic monsters rather than superheroes like everyone else seems to be doing. The plan got off to a rough start last year though when a press release described the films as "epic action-adventure" rather than "horror" that many were expecting. The hiring of TRANSFORMERS and FAST & FURIOUS franchise scribes like Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan did not alleviate those fears.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Kurtzman spoke with Collider about how the plan by Universal is progressing: "The monster universe is coming together very very quickly, we're very excited. There will be announcements soon. We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we're getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don't want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it's going well."

Asked about the fans bristling to the way it seems 'horror' is being forgotten, Kurtzman says he understands the reaction and stresses that horror elements will very much remain in play: "Yeah, I think it's a fair response and it's actually not - I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie.

The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with - I wouldn't say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it's more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies…We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty...

Our goal is to have each movie retain the identity and the individuality of the specific monster, but you'll see how they start to fit into a larger universe as the movies unravel." The first film in the plan is the Kurtzman-directed reboot of THE MUMMY which launches early 2017.

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Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:42 am Reply with quote
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Aside from the juggernaut that is Disney Pictures, most of the major studios have floundered this year with one major exception - Universal Pictures. Thanks to an eclectic slate that even it considers a very lucky stroke of fortune, the studio is having a record year and isn't slowing down on their plans moving forward.

One of those plans is its ambitious desire to reinvent its classic monsters for a new generation with an interconnected franchise treatment. Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are the brains behind the new initiative which kicks off with Kurtzman's own THE MUMMY reboot and will continue with films that will incorporate Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and more into the same on-screen universe.

Those involved have now spoken some more about their plans, Universal chairman Donna Langley telling Variety that: "The characters will interact with each other across movies... we're incubating it at the moment, and we're taking the time to get it right."

The plan is for a new monster film every year starting with the THE MUMMY reboot in 2017 and followed by DRACULA, VAN HELSING, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE WOLFMAN films. Storyboard artists and designers are creating the look and feel of the various productions, and each of the ten writers working on the project has been assigned a monster to oversee.

Kurtzman says: "We're creating a mythology, so we're looking at this canon and thinking what are the rules?, what can we break and what are the ones that are untouchable?. The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward."

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Just announced is THE WOLF MAN for March 30th 2018 - a full year after THE MUMMY reboot on March 24th 2017. Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) is penning the script.

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Universal is serious about its monster movie universe this time. To prove it, they've announced a third film — with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan developing — for release on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This third entry in the series follow Tom Cruise's THE MUMMY on June 9, 2017 and an as-of-yet untitled second entry in the monster series on April 13, 2018.

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Universal's Dark Universe - Monster Legacy: This is the official name of the long rumoured shared universe of monster movies from Universal.

https://youtu.be/hCm2PX5Iz00

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Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp have reportedly come on board the initiative, while Bill Condon is confirmed to be directing BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN which Koepp will pen and which has set a February 14th 2019 release date. An actress has reportedly been chosen but hasn't been announced yet.

The initiative kicks off with THE MUMMY next month starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. All three actors have teamed up with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem for a portrait shot the studio released above for the announcement.

Bardem is set to play Frankenstein and Depp will play The Invisible Man in subsequent films currently in development under the stewardship of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. On screen, they are linked by the mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium led by Crowe's enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Prodigium's mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.

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Universal launches its Dark Universe initiative with THE MUMMY next week starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. That film, which is rumoured to have a post-rebate budget of $125 million, looks to be emblematic of the other movies in the series the studio plans to develop including THE WOLFMAN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

Now though, the Heat Vision web site reports that not all the films under this banner will be similar costly affairs with the budgets said to "range dramatically". The trade adds that micro-budget producer Jason Blum has 'expressed interest' in shepherding a low-budget entry into this monster universe. The report doesn't indicate which potential character or property Blum has his eye on to develop. The immediate next film in the series is Bill Condon's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN which is scheduled for a February 2019 release.

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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:58 am Reply with quote
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Alex Kurtzman has shared more characters that will be joining the Dark Universe. "We know we're going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man," he says.

He added: "There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting."

"I'd love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I'd love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I'd love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…"

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In a recent interview with IGN, THE MUMMY director Alex Kurtzman was asked about his status on the Dark Universe franchise. The Dark Universe, for those who don't know, is the Marvel Studios-esque "shared universe" idea that Universal Pictures is trying with the classic "Universal Monsters" like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and the aforementioned Mummy. This was intended to start with the Luke Evans-led DRACULA UNTOLD, but that proved to be a non-starter with unimpressive box office returns and a critical panning.

Alex Kurtzman was intended to be one of the creative directors of the franchise along with fellow director Chris Morgan. However, THE MUMMY (2017) was also received with a critical panning and disappointing box office profits. Despite this, Universal seems intent on forcing this thing to stumble onwards, possibly due to sinking money on special effects and actors like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Johnny Depp.

When IGN asked Alex Kurtzman about his status in the Dark Universe series of films, he said, "You know the truth is, I don't know. I really don't know. I haven't really decided. Is the honest answer." That sounds like a frustrated and exhausted answer, which is understandable given that he's probably been fielding this question a lot lately and just had an expensive box office bomb on his hands.

They continued with asking him about how to know you're done with a franchise, to which Kurtzman said, "I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of STAR TREK if your passion isn't there you shouldn't be doing it."

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