A while back, Universal announced plans to reboot their classic monsters into a new franchise of films which will all share a universe, similar to Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but, you know, with monsters. The project will be kicked off in 2016 with a reboot of 'The Mummy,' and now Universal has set a 2017 release date for the second film in their monster universe -- or Universal Monster Universe? UMU?
Throw another movie-TV reboot on the fire, albeit one we've known to be in the works for some time now. Bradley Cooper's 2011 drug thriller 'Limitless' has been given a production commitment at CBS for a TV sequel series to the film, with Cooper on board to produce with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and theatrical director Neil Burger on board to direct the pilot.
Despite being one half of the duo that wrote the fairly awful 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Alex Kurtzman has been handed the reins of the upcoming 'Venom' movie, which will be the first time he's ever directed a project of this size (his directorial debut was the Chris Pine drama 'Please Like Us'). So yeah, it's okay if you're feeling a little wary about this one. Venom is a controversial character among comic book fans, but no one wants to see another bad Spider-Man universe movie in the wake of the most recent disaster.
Seems like Universal is dead serious about their horror plans: in addition to rebooting 'The Mummy' franchise and their classic famous monsters, the studio has taken the rights to Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles' -- and yes, that means we'll likely see a new version of 'Interview with the Vampire' sometime in the near future.
We've known for a while that Universal has been planning a reboot of 'The Mummy,' but the studio has struggled to find a director for the project, which will kick off a new era of their classic monsters. Alex Kurtzman, who recently parted ways with longtime writing partner Bob Orci, and who is helping Universal bring those famous monsters back to life, has now been tapped to direct the 'Mummy' reboot.
The 'Star Trek' franchise had all kinds of ups and downs over its 50-year history -- there have been great shows and a bad shows, brilliant movies and insipid ones, memorable starship Captains and Captain Janeway. Now, however, the franchise faces its greatest threat yet. Please don't let Roberto Orci direct 'Star Trek 3.'
Though 'Star Trek Into Darkness' producer/director J.J. Abrams has his attentions elsewhere, 'Star Trek 3' is moving forward, with Joe Cornish the most recent director rumored to take Abrams' place. Now it appears the writer's room has had a bit of a shake-up as J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have joined the film, while Alex Kurtzman has jumped off the project.
Just when you started to worry that TV would never come up with another original property, what's one more reboot for the pile? More exciting than 'Murder, She Wrote,' it's George Romero's classic horror serial 'Tales from the Darkside' on deck for the reboot treatment at The CW, courtesy of Stephen King's progeny Joe Hill, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci!
Early last year, we learned that the screenwriting team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were tasked with bringing 'Van Helsing' and 'The Mummy' back to the big screen for Universal Studios. And since then ... silence. But now Orci, while on the road promoting the upcoming film adaptation of 'Ender's Game' (on which he's a producer), spoke more about the projects. Turns out, it seems that what Universal is planning may be bigger than we thought.
Given the increasingly negative press trail that follows 'Star Trek Into Darkness' the farther along we go, and franchise director J.J. Abrams' eventual ship-jump to 'Star Wars,' countless fans have wondered if 'Star Trek' might end up back on the small screen before long. Abrams himself recently refuted the idea, but have franchise writers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman gotten the idea back on track?