While promoting his upcoming CBS series Scorpion, writer-producer Alex Kurtzman also offered brief updates on Spider-Man spin-offs The Sinister Six and Venom, along with the Universal Pictures initiative he is working on to relaunch a classic monster franchise.
After his former writing/producing partner Roberto Orci parted ways with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 last week, he hinted that Sony Pictures isn't quite sure what they want to do with their Spider-Man franchise, which perhaps could be the result of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperforming at the box office and the negative response from fans and critics. When asked when The Amazing Spider-Man 3 may be hitting theaters, Alex Kurtzman had this to say.
"It's still in conversation. Everybody is still figuring it out. It's all up for grabs, right now. We're just trying to figure it out."
"Venom will come after The Sinister Six, I think is the plan."
He also said that he is a fan of movies where the viewer roots for the bad guy, which is part of what drew him to The Sinister Six,
"I am a crazy fan of movies like The Wild Bunch or Wages of Fear, where you're rooting for the bad guys. I think that's the opportunity that The Sinister Six has to provide."
When asked about the possibility of a female-centric superhero movie, such as Black Cat, the writer-producer hinted that something may be in the works already.
"Anything is possible. We are always looking for opportunities like that. I can't say a whole lot about it, but I wouldn't rule anything out."
"Everything is still on the table, right now. Because it's a universe outside of the Spider-Man universe, even though it's connected to it, those movies have to stand on their own. So, we'll see. We'll see how it goes."
Even though these high-profile projects are still in the works, his top priority is the classic monster initiative that he is working on at Universal Pictures with Chris Morgan. The first project that will come out of this endeavor is the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which he is working on right now.
"Front and center right now is Chris Morgan and I working on getting The Mummy off the ground and building up our Monster Universe. That's where I'm spending my time. And working with Drew Goddard on The Sinister Six."
Our report from yesterday revealed that Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently seeking talent to work on these projects. When asked if they would consider bringing Guillermo del Toro on board, the writer-producer had this to say.
"Nothing would make us happier. We're only at the beginning exploratory phase of all of it, but I'm a crazy huge Guillermo del Toro fan. So, anything he wants to be involved in, we'd be honored."
When asked what the "big picture view" of this Monster Universe is, Alex Kurtzman said they are just trying to build it one movie at a time, instead of setting up something like Marvel's The Avengers right away, but the world will eventually be built if each movie is done in the right way.
"I think it's incredibly important to all of us to start focusing on each movie, and make each movie great, rather than thinking, 'Okay, we want to do The Avengers next.' If that comes along, it will come along organically. When I was a kid, going to Universal Studios, which was all I wanted to do, all the time, there was a show that was all the monsters, and I loved that show. I was obsessed with Dracula. I was obsessed with Frankenstein. I was obsessed with the Wolfman. This guy used to get stretched on a rack, live and in front of the audience. It was so cool. It's very exciting. It's like being a kid in a candy store, getting to play with all those things again, at the very studio that birthed these monsters, in the first place. Most importantly, we're really wanting to just do each one right. I think the world will come to us, if we build them correctly."
He also revealed that some monsters will get their own movies, while some will be relegated to smaller roles.
"Some monsters will get their own movie. Other monsters will appear in other movies, as secondary characters. The balance of that is what we're working out right now."