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Bad Robot’s Overlord Casts Up!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 17, 2017

Just minutes ago the official casting announcement for the upcoming J.J. Abrams flick Overlord hit our desks and we’d figured that it’d be a good idea to share!

From the Press Release:
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot jointly announced today the complete cast for OVERLORD, from Director Julius Avery (SON OF A GUN).

Joining the previously announced casting of Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell, the film will also star Jacob Anderson (GAME OF THRONES), Dominic Applewhite (THE KING’S SPEECH), Pilou Asbaek (GAME OF THRONES), Iain de Caestecker (Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.), John Magaro (THE BIG SHORT), Mathilde Ollivier (THE MISFORTUNES OF FRANCOIS JANE), and Bokeem Woodbine (FARGO).

The Bad Robot production is produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and written by Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) and Mark L. Smith (THE REVENANT).

On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.

The film will begin shooting this May in the U.K.

Wolfenstein

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Overlord Adds Two: Sounds a Bit Like it Was Inspired by Wolfenstein

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 20, 2017

I love horror-infused FPS games. Sure, 3rd person survival horror is amazing in its own way but there’s something about mixing horror and action that is simply delightful. Case in point: just play 2016’s Doom and you’ll find yourself having an absolute blast! But if I don’t want something as fast-paced and hectic, I turn to Wolfenstein, which adds a lot more in terms of story and changes the gameplay style to include elements of stealth and planning, all while still allowing me to shoot the shit out of Nazis. It’s pretty damn great, I tells ya!

Reading about Paramount’s upcoming film Overlord, I can’t help but feel like it’s inspired by the aforementioned video game. After all, the premise is that paratroopers land in German territory during WWII and find out that the village they’re in has some supernatural issues going on. If that doesn’t make you expect B.J. Blazkowicz to burst onto the scene at any moment, I don’t know what will!

As for the film, Deadline has announced that Jovan Adepo (Fences) and Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!) have signed on to appear in the film, which is being directed by Julius Avery and produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber.

Synopsis:
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment.

With a description like that, count me in!

Wolfenstein

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Make a Date With The Mummy

Posted by Steve Barton on July 31, 2014

Alex Kurtzman Ready to Wrap Up The MummyJust a day after announcing that Alex Kurtzman is now at the helm of The Mummy, we have a release date to share with you cats. Look for the latest reboot to unwrap in theatres on June 24, 2016.

Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be one of the first one out of the gate, setting the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.

Plot details are still under wraps, but it was previously indicated that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.

Jon Spaihts worked on the script, as did Kurtzman and Orci. Sean Daniel is also a producer on the project. Bobby Cohen is exec producer.

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Alex Kurtzman Ready to Wrap Up The Mummy

Posted by Steve Barton on July 30, 2014

Alex Kurtzman Ready to Wrap Up The MummyFirst it was Len Wiseman who left Universal's proposed reboot of The Mummy. Then it was Mama director Andres Muschietti who flew the Eqyptian coop. Now, producer Alex Kurtzman is throwing caution to the wind and directing the flick himself.

THR reports that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate, having a release date of April 22, 2016. The movie is important as it will set the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.

Plot details are being kept under wraps (*ahem*), but it’s understood that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.

Jon Spaihts worked on the script, as did Kurtzman and Orci. Sean Daniel is also a producer on the project. Bobby Cohen is exec producer.

"Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology," said co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum. "He knows why The Mummy has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well."

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No Mummy for Mama Director

Posted by Steve Barton on May 6, 2014

No Mummy for Mama DirectorAnd another one bites the dust. First it was Len Wiseman who left Universal's proposed reboot of The Mummy and now word has come that Mama director Andres Muschietti has exited the film. Looks like this is one project that's poised to unravel.

Fittingly enough, The Wrap, reports that Muschetti left the project due to creative differences.

Jon Spaihts wrote the current draft of the script, which reimagined The Mummy franchise in modern day with new characters not seen in previous iterations and a protagonist imbued with a human personality.

Explains the site, when Len Wiseman was previously attached to direct, he indicated that producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were envisioning a darker, scarier take on the Mummy mythology that would still appeal to all audiences. Apparently, the project has changed direction, as Muschetti wanted to deliver a darker take rather than the four-quadrant, more family-friendly action-adventure blockbuster that Universal now has in mind.

Yeah, because the CGI Yetis making football gestures played so well the last time. Thanks for nothing.

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Andres Muschietti Goes From Mama to Mummy; Helming Universal’s Reboot

Posted by John Squires on September 13, 2013

Andres Muschietti Goes From Mama to Mummy; Helming Universal's RebootEver since Underworld director Len Wiseman departed from Universal's Mummy reboot earlier this summer, the studio has been scrambling to find a new director to wrap up. And it's looking like the search is over. Read on for details!

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Universal’s Next Mummy Movie Looking to Wrap Up Another Director

Posted by Uncle Creepy on July 31, 2013

Universal's Next Mummy Movie Looking to Wrap Up Another DirectorProduction of Universal's next movie in The Mummy franchise has hit a snag as Underworld director Len Wiseman has headed off to less sandy pastures due to a scheduling conflict.

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Billy Ray to Fly the Frightening Skies with Departure

Posted by Uncle Creepy on May 15, 2013

Billy Ray to Fly the Frightening Skies with DepartureWith so many haunted houses, why shouldn't the air above us be equally as haunted? This avionic phenomenon is explored in the latest adaptation that's looking to send shivers down our spines. Read on for the first details of Departure.

From the Press Release
Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Captain Phillips) will direct DEPARTURE for the studio from an original script he wrote. Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster) will produce the sci-fi/romance. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away.

Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, DEPARTURE follows a brilliant Miami-based FAA investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected.

The story is inspired by the book Ghosts of the Air by Martin Caidin, which documents real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies.

Dan Freedman negotiated the deals for Good Universe. Billy Ray is represented by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Peter Nichols of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.

Departure, Ghosts of the Air

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Billy Ray to Fly the Frightening Skies with Departure

Posted by Uncle Creepy on May 15, 2013

Billy Ray to Fly the Frightening Skies with DepartureWith so many haunted houses, why shouldn't the air above us be equally as haunted? This avionic phenomenon is explored in the latest adaptation that's looking to send shivers down our spines. Read on for the first details of Departure.

From the Press Release
Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Captain Phillips) will direct DEPARTURE for the studio from an original script he wrote. Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster) will produce the sci-fi/romance. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away.

Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, DEPARTURE follows a brilliant Miami-based FAA investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected.

The story is inspired by the book Ghosts of the Air by Martin Caidin, which documents real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies.

Dan Freedman negotiated the deals for Good Universe. Billy Ray is represented by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Peter Nichols of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.

Departure, Ghosts of the Air

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Universal’s Mummy Remake Finds ANOTHER Scribe

Posted by Uncle Creepy on February 14, 2013

Len Wiseman Talks New Mummy MovieAnother writer has been tasked with rewrapping Universal's new take on The Mummy. The thing is they already hired one. Talk about hedging your bets. Let's all sit quietly and pray for no scenes involving cartoonish Yetis who are fluent in football related hand signals.

Vulture has learned that Universal’s brass are so keen to make sure The Mummy doesn’t unravel before its hoped-for summer 2014 release that they’ve taken the unusual step of hiring two different screenwriters to work on dueling Mummy scripts. It was already known that Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote Prometheus for director Ridley Scott, is hammering away on an update of The Mummy set in the present day. But what wasn’t known is that The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray has also been hired to craft a competitive Mummy draft, also set in contemporary society.

The Mummy will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Sean Daniel and directed by the Underworld franchise's Len Wiseman.

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