Dark Universe, we hardly knew ye! After the disappointing performance of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy this summer (the film earned a paltry $80 million at the domestic box office against a production budget of $125 million), there was speculation that Universal’s ambitious Dark Universe franchise would not proceed as planned. Then came the news that the studio had pulled the plug on pre-production of Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein. Now, things have gone from bad to worse! The Hollywood Reporter just broke the news that writers/producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have officially left the project. Kurtzman directed The Mummy, and the duo were initially brought on board to oversee production of the entire cinematic universe, which once promised to feature the likes of Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, and Anjelina Jolie in future installments.
A couple of months ago, the phrase “Get Out” was thrown around quite a bit here at Horror News Network in reference to Jordan Peele’s highly successful film of the same name which debuted in January. We reviewed it (twice), we analyzed it, we praised it whenever we got the chance. It’s that good. Now another highly anticipated horror film is also capitalizing on this classic horror phrase, which has been a favorite since the release of When a Stranger Calls!
Paramount Pictures have just uploaded a new short clip to promote Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Taking the title’s refusal to capitalize its first letter one step further, the clip is entitled (lowercase) “get out.” No exclamation point! read more
Last week’s mysterious 30-second teaser clip for Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film, Mother!, certainly asked more questions than it answered. Fortunately, Paramount have just unveiled their official full-length trailer for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
The new clip shows that this film will have a lot more in common with Aronofsky’s previous works like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream than his most recent project, Noah. The clip features numerous disturbing images and situations, and some scenes delve into the sort of abstract terror Arnonofsky is known for. Some parts of the clip throw off a serious Rosemary’s Baby vibe as Lawrence’s character begins to uncover the secrets of her lover and his new guests. read more
A brand new teaser trailer has just dropped for the highly-anticipated film, Mother!, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream). The clip promises the movie to be a real nail biter! The short trailer doesn’t give away much about the setting or the characters, but it reveals Aronofsky’s signature mounting of suspense. You can watch the 30-second teaser in its entirety below:
Mother! will star Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Krisen Wiig. Based on Aronofky’s reputation for quality cinema and this all-star cast, horror fans are in for a treat when this movie hits theaters on September 15th! read more
Have you ever wanted to see Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein, or Dwayne Johnson as the Wolf Man? Well, you may be in luck! The Hollywood Reporter recently crunched the numbers needed for Universal’s upcoming The Mummy to be considered a success (a $40 million domestic opening weekend, for starters). In their report, they state that, if all goes well, the studio is currently eyeing the two megastars for future installments in the franchise.
The studio has reportedly wanted Angelina Jolie for quite a while to play the titular role in Bill Condon’s upcoming Bride of Frankenstein. However, formal negotiations have not yet begun. This is likely due to the fact that Jolie commands a hefty fee and the studio isn’t quite sure if their action-fueled reboots of their silver screen classics will become financial hits. read more
Javier Bardem is in talks to play Frankenstein in the upcoming Universal Monster’s reboot. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are overseeing the project, which may or may not be a standalone film or interconnected to other films coming
As for the other upcoming Monster films, Tom Cruise will play The Mummy, Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man, and Russell Crowe will play Dr. Jekyll.
Release dates for three of the films have been announced and are as follows; The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman, is premiering June 9, 2017 release date, and yet-to-be-announced titles are set for April 13, 2018 and February 15, 2019. read more