Universal Pictures has been developing an Untitled Mummy Reboot for quite some time, and back in July, the studio confirmed that this project will be the first in a sprawling, inter-connected franchise that will bring back new versions of the studio's classic monsters, such as Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. An end credit sequence in this month's Dracula Untold helped set up this monster-centric universe, but the Untitled Mummy Reboot will launch the franchise in 2016.
The site also reports that the script includes other characters such as archaeologist Jenny Halsley, mysterious billionaire Lorenzo Montanari and Malik, the leader of a group known as the Temple Brothers. These details tie into the end credits scene in Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is seen in a modern-day market.Read More
Universal Pictures announced today that their Snow White and the Huntsman prequel The Huntsman will be released on April 22, 2016, while confirming that Frank Darabont is set to direct with Snow White and the Huntsman stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron returning. The studio has also moved their Untitled Mummy Reboot from April 22, 2016 to June 24, 2016.
We reported in June that Frank Darabont's take exclusively focused on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character, leaving it uncertain if Kristen Stewart will be back as Snow White. With the title change, it seems she will not be back for this installment. The Huntsman currently has the April 22, 2016 date to itself, but it falls just one week ahead of the recently-announced comedy sequel The Best Man Wedding.Read More
Two weeks ago, Universal Pictures announced it is moving forward with plans to construct a massive, interconnected monster movie universe with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Today, we have word that Alex Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first entry into this franchise, the Untitled Mummy Reboot.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was initially attached to direct before he bowed out, paving the way for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to come on board before he left in May. However, both of those filmmakers were on board before this inter-connected monster universe was hatched. The Mummy Reboot will be the first project launched within this cinematic universe, setting the tone for those that come after it.Read More
Director Andres Muschietti has backed out of Universal Pictures' Untitled Mummy Reboot, citing creative differences with the studio.
Len Wiseman was originally attached to direct back in September 2012, but he dropped out in July 2013 due to scheduling conflicts. Andres Muschietti, who directed the 2013 thriller Mama, came aboard back in September, although now the studio will have to look for yet another filmmaker to take the helm.Read More
Universal Pictures has made some changes to its upcoming release slate, just before the Thanksgiving holiday break. Following the news that Disney handed out a December 18, 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, Universal is moving Warcraft from that date to March 11, 2016. Director Duncan Jones' video game adaptation does not have any direct competition as of now in its new release date.
The studio has also pushed Seventh Son, which was brought over in its deal with Legendary Pictures, from a tentative 2014 release to February 6, 2015. The fantasy adaptation, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, is now going up against Screen Gems' comedy The Wedding Ringer. The move puts Universal in a unique position to debut movies on consecutive weekends, with Fifty Shades of Grey arriving on February 13, 2015.Read More
Last October, we reported that director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) was circling the Van Helsing reboot, although it isn't clear if he actually signed on or not. Our report from last May revealed that Tom Cruise is both producing and starring in Van Helsing. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are developing both projects with producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts.
Does this mean we'll eventually get a Marvel's The Avengers-inspired live action Mad Monster Party? Maybe they will go the DC Comics Batman Vs. Superman route and give us ? We're mildly excited to see how this eventually pans out.Read More
Andres Muschietti (Mama) is nearing a deal to direct the Untitled Mummy Reboot, two months after Len Wiseman dropped out due to scheduling issues.
No plot details have been released except that the project is being pitched as a modern-day action-adventure tentpole with horror elements and brand new characters. All of the previous Mummy movies were set in the 1920s.Read More
Director Len Wiseman has dropped out of the Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures, citing scheduling issues. The project is still moving ahead, with the studio currently searching for another filmmaker to take the helm.
The filmmaker signed on for the reboot last September, just a month after his latest film, the Total Recall remake, debuted in theaters. However, we haven't heard much about the project since then, except for a report from February when screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) signed on to write a draft separate from the existing script written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That story indicated that Universal was considering combining both drafts into one shooting script.Read More