It appears the newest trend in Hollywood is to get the hype train rolling as soon as possible on films, as Universal has announced that its upcoming adaptation of The Invisible Man starring Elizabeth Moss and Storm Reid will hit theaters on March 13th, 2020, less than a year from now. Production is set to begin later this year, with the film going head-to-head against Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong.
The Invisible Man is directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade), based on the classic novel of the same name.
After the massive failure that was The Mummy, and Universal’s attempt at its “Dark Universe,” the studio has decided to put a stop to the shared universe attempt and “take an individualized approach to its classic monster movies.” The first step, according to Variety, is appointing Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) to the director’s chair on its upcoming adaptation of The Invisible Man.
Johnny Depp was attached to the project for the last year and a half, but is believed to no longer be in the lead role as the studio movies in a different direction. Additionally, the new films are said to be “rooted in horror, with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating.” Good news for fans of classic monster movies.
After years of attempting to revive the franchise, Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures has plans to reboot the Shrek franchise, including spin-offs such as Puss in Boots. The report states that Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri has been tasked with overseeing the reboot, saying that he’s excited to explore the world of Shrek and ideally wants to work with the original cast—instead of bringing in new voice talent.
“There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world, but it’s a high bar to find a story that’s truly world,” Meledandri said. “You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”
Universal Pictures has shared the latest trailer for the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan sequel, Glass, continuing the stories first established in Unbreakable and Split. Returning for Glass are cast members Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, and James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka The Horde. They’re joined by Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), and Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch).
A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by Universal Pictures on January 18th, 2019.
At their SDCC panel, Universal Pictures unveiled the first, action-packed trailer for Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable and Split, from director M. Night Shyamalan. Returning for Glass are cast members Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, and James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka The Horde. They’re joined by Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as a psychiatrist that specializes in “superheroes.”
Glass will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18th, 2019.
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that on September 3rd, the Jurassic Park ride will officially become extinct, as the company begins excavation on the ride to build a new Jurassic World inspired ride set for launch in 2019. In 1996, Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Jurassic Park—The Ride, re-defining thrill rides in amusement parks, based on three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg’s epic film.
Now, over 20 years later, Universal is hoping to re-define thrill rides once again, with an even more immersive and technologically advanced experience from the new trilogy of films.
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released the new Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer, which you can watch in the player above. The new trailer gives us more specifics to its mysterious story, with confirmation that the Kaiju were able to re-enter our world thanks to the machinations of an unseen force on our side of the breach.
The trailer is heavy on action, light on story (still), but does a good job of selling the movie ahead of its release on March 23rd.
Universal had some pretty lofty goals with this year’s Mummy reboot, that they had hoped would spawn a new shared universe featuring the classic monsters of year’s past. Well, it would seem that plan has been put on hold indefinitely. Alex Kurtzman, and Chris Morgan, the two writers initially tapped by Universal to map out the studio’s plan vision for its “Dark Universe,” have reportedly left in favor of other projects. Kurtzman is working as an executive producer on CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery in addition to a number of other projects. Morgan has returned to the Fast and Furious franchise and is said to be working on a spin-off film starring Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s president of production Peter Cramer admitted they still had some work to do. “We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision. We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.”
We’ve known for years that Universal Pictures has planned to turn their classic Monster universe into a shared world. One that was meant to start with Dracula Untold, but will now begin with next month’s The Mummy. Now, we have a formal announcement a ton more information on the world. The logo, seen above, confirms the name of the shared world, and the Official Website (Click Here), confirms that the next film will be Bride of Frankenstein, releasing February 14, 2019 – directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast).
The other massive takeaway is confirmation that Javier Bardem has officially signed on to play Frankenstein’s Monster, and Johnny Depp has also signed on to the play The Invisible Man. They join Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Sofia Boutella’s title character, Mummy, in the Dark Universe.
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