Coming off of an unusually busy (and profitable) winter season, this summer’s slate of horror films brings some well-known franchises, properties, and directors, as well as some expensive and inexpensive gambles to your local multiplex. These films will not only be competing with each other for horror fans’ dollars, but they will naturally also have to contend with the usual high profile tent-pole action and super hero films. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the summer season:
Universal released a new action-packed The Mummy trailer today, which is set to be released in theaters on June 9, 2017 in the middle of a packed summer season.
The trailer reveals more details than the first one, and amps up the action ala Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible series. While purists may balk at the amount of explosions and crashing planes (The Mummy is hardly seen in the original 1932 Universal film ), but there does appear to be more elements of classic Universal Horror, more so than the last reboot from the late 1990’s starring Brendan Fraser. read more
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Universal has hired screen writer Will Beall to pen a new film based on classic Universal monster The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Beall is best known for television work for such series as Castle and Training Day. He is also the writer for James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman film and has been announced as one of the writers on the long gestating Legend of Conan. His only film work to date is 2013’s Gangster Squad.
The Creature From the Black Lagoon is part of the planned Universal Monster Universe which is being guided by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman. The first film in the series will be The Mummy, which is set for release on June 9th of this year. It is unclear at this point where the Creature film fits in this potential series of monster movies (or when production will start), but Universal has a lot riding on the success of the Mummy, and the box office on said film will do much to influence the longevity of the series. read more
Hot off the buzz from the appearance of new footage at this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Universal has released new poster art for The Mummy. While early footage largely focused on Tom Cruise action sequences, the studio and the filmmakers have been eager to let fans know that the film will feature a strong horror element. This new poster art reflects that sentiment, as it features a close up of Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) as Princess Ahmanet. Her double pupil and hieroglyphic markings are on full display on this one sheet, which can be viewed in full below: read more
The World War Z Sequel and the Friday the 13th Reboot have just been removed from Paramount Pictures 2017 release list according to Deadline.
World War Z Two was originally scheduled to debut on June 9th opposite Universal’s The Mummy, but the film has been plagued by pre-production troubles with original director Juan Antonio Bayona exiting the project last year. No replacement director has been named at this point, although David Fincher was mentioned as a potential “dream” choice last summer, but reports were probably more wishful thinking than a concrete possibility. The removal of WWZ 2 does work out for Universal, as The Mummy will open unopposed on June 9th, as the studio hopes to launch their very own “Classic Monsters” cinematic universe. read more
Last week we posted the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures’ newest reboot of The Mummy franchise and now the full trailer has landed. Featuring Tom Cruise in what looks to be a very “action movie”-style take on The Mummy story, we get a larger view of Sofia Boutella as the title character.
The Mummy is the first in what Universal is hoping to be a reboot of their classic monsters with Javier Bardem slated to take on the role of Frankenstein and Johnny Depp to tackle The Invisible Man. Also, according to writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman, it seems that all of the separate movies are to culminate in a “meeting of the monsters” Marvel-type film. read more
With a full-length trailer slated for release this Sunday, Universal has decided to give the world a taste of The Mummy a few days early.
Set for a June 2017 release, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Russel Crowe and Sofia Boutella as the vengeful Egyptian princess Ahmanet. Featuring a nod to The Bride of Frankenstein with the tagline “to a new world of gods and monsters”, Universal is obviously hoping for a strong revival to their once proud days of ruling the monster scene.
From the press release: read more