The Mummy to Kick Off Universal’s Dark Universe Franchise

To a new world of gods and monsters…..and now to a new cinematic universe as well.  In an effort to replicate the success of DC and Marvel, Universal Pictures has branded a name to the upcoming round of reboots and relaunches to its monster movie franchise:  Dark Universe.  The much-anticipated series of films, which begins on June 9th with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, will include updates of all classic monsters in the Universal stable including Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man among others.  The second film in the Dark Universe will be Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon), with an expected release date of February 14, 2019.

In celebration of the franchise’s modernization, Universal has created a new motion logo, completed with score by Danny Elfman, which will be shown in theaters before every upcoming Dark Universe feature film.  The nearly 2-minute clip is awesome, and was posted to the Universal Pictures YouTube page.  Check it out below.

If that wasn’t enough to build the anticipation and excitement, the studio also released a cool photo featuring the current and upcoming stars of the Dark Universe films gathered together (check it out below as well.)  The stars depicted are (from left) Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, Tom Cruise as mercenary Nick Morton, Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy.  As of now, it is being rumored that Dr. Jekyll’s shadow organization Prodigium will be the fictional agency linking all of the films together.  Much like the Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. and Justice League, Prodigium is expected to bring all of the iconic characters under their watch for several impressive conflicts.

 


Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley issued a statement, proclaiming their excitement for the untapped potential the Dark Universe will bring.  “We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the re-imagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” she said.  “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris (Morgan) and Alex (Kurtzman) will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

The Dark Universe franchise from Universal Pictures will kick off in earnest with June 9th widespread release of The Mummy.  Previous Universal monster entries Dracula Untold (2014) and The Wolfman (2010) were released outside of Dark Universe, and it is unclear right now whether those films will be incorporated in.

Stay tuned to HNN for more breaking details on Dark Universe as they are released!

 

 

 

James Wan to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ Movie Reboot, Greg Russo to Write Script

Just days after announcing their plans for rebooting the Resident Evil movie franchise (and a week after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit blu-ray!), Constantin Film has announced some of the talent attached to the new project. Deadline reports that James Wan has signed on to produce the film, and Greg Russo will write the script.

James Wan is currently shooting the upcoming Aquaman film, but he is better known to horror fans for his work on Saw, the Insidious franchise, and The Conjuring franchise. In addition to serving as a producer on Resident Evil, Wan is attached to the following projects as a producer: Mortal KombatAnnabelle: Creation, Saw: Legacy, Insidious: Chapter 4, and The Nun. That sure is a lot of producing!

Greg Russo is relatively new to the world of Hollywood. His first project with Wan will be the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, where Russo will serve as screenwriter. His other writing credit is the recently announced Category 6, which will be about a  major coastal hurricane.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the upcoming Resident Evil reboot as they become available!

Jordan Peele’s Next Social Thriller to Hit Theaters in 2019

Jordan Peele has been a busy guy since the tremendous success of his first film, Get Out. When we reported on his producer role in the upcoming HBO series, Lovecraft Country, we noted that Peele would also be writing and directing more thriller/horror works in the near future. Today, Variety reports that Jordan Peele’s next social thriller movie will debut in theaters on March 15th, 2019.

At this time, a title and/or synopsis of the film has not yet been released. However, we do know that Peele will be working on the film as a producer, writer and director; and that the movie is being described as a social thriller. Given all of those facts, fans can expect some of the same signature dread and social commentary that made Get Out such a memorable and interesting film.

It’s no coincidence that this news is being announced on the same day that Get Out hits home video formats nationwide. Fans are clearly eager for more horror work from Peele, and Universal is happy to oblige! Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!

Constantin Film to Produce New ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot Movie

Just four days after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit retail shelves on home video formats, Constantin Film has announced that they will be continuing the franchise in the form of an upcoming reboot movie. Constantin’s board chairman,  Martin Moszkowicz, confirmed to Variety at Cannes Film Festival that the project (based loosely on the popular Capcom video game series) is currently in development. 

It isn’t surprising that Constantin wouldn’t want to stop at The Final Chapter… the film earned over $312 million worldwide on a budget of just $40 million (low by big action movie standards). While interest in the franchise has waned in the United States over the years, its recent entries have been smash hits in international markets like China.

A reboot most likely means that the series’ star, Milla Jovovich, will not return as Alice; and that her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson will likely not be returning to the franchise to write and/or direct. After six films, it will be interesting to see if the key talent sitting this one out will affect consumer interest at the box office.

At this time, writers, directors, actors, a release date etc., have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the Resident Evil reboot as it breaks!

 

Alien: Covenant Wins Weekend Box Office, But May Have a Tough Road Ahead

According to current box office estimates, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant narrowly beat out another set of “aliens” in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a weekend gross of $36 million dollars.  Last week’s champ (Guardians) finished with just over $35 million at the weekend box office, ending their two week reign in the top spot.

While the win is a positive for the new Alien film, it did not bring in the estimated $40-$45 million that most tracking agencies predicted.  In fact, the much maligned Prometheus brought in $15 million more than Covenant with a total of $51 million in its first weekend in 2012.  Couple this with a summer packed with a new blockbuster or two every weekend until  mid-August, and Covenant may not last long at your local theater.

20th Century Fox’s decision to move Aliens: Covenant smack dab into the middle of the summer”feeding frenzy” has to be questioned if the film does not have an extended (and profitable) run at the box office.  The film was originally scheduled for an August release date, one with far less competition than it will have to contend with at this point in the season.  In the next two weeks alone, theater owners around the country will have to make some tough choices regarding screen counts with the arrival of Baywatch, Pirates of The Caribbean Five: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Wonder Woman. Even if one, or all, of these films under perform, they will take screens away from Alien: Covenant, hurting chances for a series of potential sequels that Scott discussed in March.

Critics have been kind to film (and HNN’s own Larry Dwyer also gave it a “thumbs up” on facebook) with Rotten Tomatoes totaling the Alien: Covenant percentage at 73%, but this may be to late to help the film find a larger audience.  If you wish to see Alien: Covenant on the big screen, you may unfortunately only have a month or so left.

Stay tuned for more information on a busy summer for horror films and check out our preview here.

 

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger On James Cameron’s Upcoming ‘Terminator’ Film: “I’ll Be Back!”

Fans of The Terminator have a lot to look forward to these days! In January, we reported that the rights to the franchise will revert back to James Cameron in 2019, and that he will be producing a new film with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing. In March, Paramount removed an unnamed Terminator sequel from its release schedule, a likely indicator of the rights expiring and the studio’s lack of interest in progressing the lukewarm storyline of Terminator Genisys. All of that time, it was unclear if Arnold Schwarzenegger would be returning to the franchise. He will be notably absent from the upcoming film, The Predator; and despite the adoration of millions of hardcore fans, his name isn’t the marquee draw it used to be. However, recently at Cannes Film Festival, Arnold confirmed to Screen Daily the one thing that his rabid fan’s want to hear for the new Terminator movie: “I’ll be back!”

Schwarzenegger confirmed that he has already met with James Cameron about the project and that Cameron has some creative ideas for continuing the franchise. Here’s what he had to say:

“It is back. It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.”

There you have it… a new Terminator movie under the creative guidance of James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenneger! Fans dreaming of Arnold’s triumphant return to the silver screen with a bonafide smash hit may finally get what they’ve wanted all this time. And for the real dreamers out there, Schwarzenegger also confirmed that the Conan The Barbarian reboot project isn’t dead… just being rewritten: “It’s being rewritten…the idea is to do it.”

I’ve got just one thing to say to that comment:

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the upcoming The Terminator and Conan The Barbarian projects as they break!

 

Seven-Minute Preview Arrives For Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead

A seven-minute teaser for the TV series Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead has been released.

Filled with gore and bucket of blood, the trailer is seemingly a perfect follow-up to the hit 2015 film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. (See our review here) As the trailer ends, we get a close look at Brooke (Bianca Bradey) controlling a handful of zombies to do her bidding, and Barry (Jay Gallagher) unloading a high-powered weapon.

Produced by Guerilla Films, Wyrmwood is the brainchild of Australian film makers, Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner.

In February of 2015 we spoke with Bianca Bradey (here) about what drew her to the role of Brooke and how she prepared for the physically demanding role.

Keep it locked to Horror News Network as we expect more news soon.

 

Trailer Released for Live Action ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ Movie

Today is an exciting day for fans of the manga/anime series, Tokyo Ghoul! A 30 second trailer for the live action film based on the popular dark fantasy/action horror franchise has been posted to the web. Check it out below in all of its glory!

The live action Tokyo Ghoul movie will star Masataka Kubota (of the live action Death Note) as Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu (of the live action My Neighbor Seki) as T?ka Kirishima. The film will open in theaters on July 29th, 2017 in Japan.

The following is a synopsis for the movie’s source material:

“Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way – except their craving for human flesh. Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body – eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.”

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on Tokyo Ghoul and other live action horror manga and anime stories as they break!

Universal Orlando Announces House Based on the Shining for Annual Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando announced via their official Halloween Horror Nights website that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining will be getting “the haunted house (or to be more specific, hotel)” treatment at the theme park’s 27th annual Halloween scare fest.

Universal’s show director Charles Grey is naturally excited about landing the property, and stated that “There are so many intense and creepy moments packed in the whole film. So we held hands, took a deep breath, and entered the Overlook Hotel. I just finished looking at some of the house designs and am thrilled by the story we’re telling. It will be the warped psychological thriller you know and love with our own Halloween Horror Nights twist.”

Grey went on to say that “We cast the Overlook Hotel as the aggressor and view it as if you have the Shining. Our goal is to have you constantly doing a double take and give you that, “Did I just see that?” feeling.  After watching this movie for the first time I remember saying, “I would never go into room 237.” So, of course, that’s where we’re going to take you: all the places you shouldn’t go.”

The Shining joins the already announced American Horror Story House as the second house scheduled for HHN.  The Orlando Sentinel is also reporting that the original Universal Studios in California will receive a Shining house as well for their version of the popular Halloween event.

Universal Orlando is dedicating 34 nights to the event beginning on Friday, September 15 through Saturday, November 4.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more announcements about Halloween Horror Nights as they are announced.

Jim Henson Company to Produce ‘The Dark Crystal’ Prequel Series for Netflix

For the Jim Henson Company, everything old is new again! First came news that a feature film sequel to the David Bowie classic, Labyrinth, will hit the silver screen. Now, we’ve learned that Jim Henson’s other dark fantasy story will return to the public spotlight. Variety reports that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will hit Netflix as a 10-episode series.

The production is being described as a prequel series which takes place in the franchise’s world of Thra. The following is the synopsis for the series: “When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”

Louis Leterrier will direct and executive produce the series. He is known for The Transporter franchise, The Incredible Hulk (2008), and Now You See Me. Here’s what Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, had to say about this development:

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life. Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as it breaks!