Jon Spaihts

Tom Cruise Is Still Screaming Weird in the Second ‘The Mummy’ Trailer

by Matthew Monagle April 2, 2017 @ 11:14 AM
Universal Pictures
To understand why I’m more excited than most for The Mummy, it’s important to make a list of all the things that I’m a sucker for. Tom Cruise movies? Check. Trailers or commercials that use the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint it Black’ as a musical cue? Check-check. Movies where soldiers fight monsters? Check-check-check. In fact, if you do the math, the only thing on my Hollywood wishlist that the second The Mummy trailer doesn’t deliver is a John Wick-style gunfight, and there’s still time. One of those might still find its way into the final movie.

‘Long Takes’ Episode 4: Would ‘Passengers’ Work Better As a Horror Movie?

by ScreenCrush Staff January 2, 2017 @ 8:09 AM
We need to talk about Passengers. The new Sony film from director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two people who fall in love in space. But this space romance isn’t as innocent as it sounds.

‘Passengers’ Writer and Director Address the Controversial Premise, So It’s All Good Now (It’s Not)

by Emma Stefansky December 22, 2016 @ 4:23 PM
By now, you’ve probably heard about the not-quite-twist at the center of this month’s sci-fi romance Passengers. It’s gotten a lot of attention, and people aren’t happy. If you’ve only seen the trailers, you’ve seen the “Titanic in space” aspects of the film, but there’s actually a lot more to it, and not in a good way. Director Morten Tyldum and writer Jon Spaihts have finally addressed the reason why they decided to keep that one controversial plot point in the film, but it might be too little too late. If you haven’t heard anything about this, or if you’d rather go into the movie knowing as little as possible, it’d be a good idea to turn back now, because there are SPOILERS ahead.

‘The Mummy’ Screenwriter Says His Is the First ‘Mummy’ Movie With the ‘Power to Terrify’

by Matthew Monagle November 6, 2016 @ 2:57 PM
Since screenwriters are often the most overlooked part of any Hollywood production, you probably aren’t familiar with the name Jon Spaihts, but odds are good that you have pretty strong feelings about his work. Spaihts broke onto the scene back in 2007 when his script for Passengers was named to that year’s Black List; while that film is just now finding its way into theaters, Spaihts is also one of the writers behind Doctor Strange, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus series, and the upcoming cinematic universe of monsters at Universal Pictures. In other words, Spaihts is a name to remember.

‘Van Helsing’ Screenwriter Confirms the Monster Hunter Will Show Up In Other Monster Universe Films

by Erin Whitney November 2, 2016 @ 3:17 PM
Right after completing a new entry in one cinematic universe, screenwriter Jon Spaihts is hopping into another. The Doctor Strange scribe is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe into Universal’s Monster Universe. That’s a lot of universes in one sentence, but it’s exactly what Hollywood is so obsessed with at the moment – making a bunch of movies under the umbrella of a shared world. And now we have some new details straight from Spaihts on how the new monster movies will connect.

‘Van Helsing’ Reboot Hires Writers of ‘Prometheus’ and ‘The Thing’ Remake

by Britt Hayes November 11, 2015 @ 6:25 PM
It’s been a while since we had an update on Universal’s shared universe reboot of their classic monster characters, set to kick off with Alex Kurtzman’s redo of The Mummy in 2017. In addition to tackling famous monsters like The Wolfman and Dracula, the new cinematic universe also somewhat bizarrely includes a Van Helsing reboot, which has just tapped a pair of writers with sufficient experience in horror and sci-fi.

Channing Tatum to Star in Sci-Fi Film ‘The Forever War,’ Which Has Been Developing Forever

by Britt Hayes April 30, 2015 @ 7:44 PM
Warner Bros.
The war to get The Forever War made has lasted for, well, forever. Ridley Scott was previously attached to direct the adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 sci-fi novel, but unfortunately had to move on as the project became trapped in development limbo. The Forever War has finally escaped that limbo, and with Channing Tatum attached to star, studios are now involved in a bidding war over the film.

‘Cube’ Gets ‘Cubed’ With Remake From the Writer of ‘Prometheus’

by Britt Hayes April 30, 2015 @ 6:49 PM
Trimark Pictures
It's only been 18 years since Vincenzo Natali made his feature directing debut with the sci-fi thriller Cube, which isn't a film that immediately shouts "remake," but here we are. In one of the more curious recent remake developments, Lionsgate is planning a redo of the film with Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts and directing newcomer Saman Kesh.