Well, consider this Jonathan Kasdan continuing the family business. After co-writing the Solo: A Star Wars Story script with his father Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan is now replacing David Koepp as the screenwriter of Indiana Jones 5.
Lawrence himself wrote the first Indiana Jones adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, while Koepp penned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Additionally, the film is getting a scheduling change again. More on the story below.
It was only a matter of time before a legendary director such as Steven Spielberg became involved in a superhero epic. However, which side he would go to was unclear.
Now we know. According to new reports Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, are set to produce Blackhawk, a World War II title that features DC characters. The film is also being developed for Spielberg to direct. This is the second major collaboration between the two since Ready Player One. More on the story below.
Let’s face it, Universal’s Dark Universe was a very ambitious plan that no one really was on board for. Though contemporary takes on the classic Universal monsters sounded like a good idea on the surface, the results were anything but that. It all started with The Mummy, the Tom Cruise-starring vehicle that was supposed to launch the universe. The film performed well-below expectations, and what followed made things even worse for the potential universe. Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Bill Condon and starring Javier Bardem as the Monster and possibly Angelina Jolie as the title character, had been put on hold. Reports stated that it was to fix some of the script issues. While that may be true, it was a sign that things weren’t going well. And this latest bit may be the final nail in the coffin.
According to a new report, the Dark Universe may be dead as key figures like Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are now leaving it behind, forcing Universal to rethink the interconnected monster world that they are creating. More on the story below.
This Summer, Universal released The Mummy, the first film in their new Dark Universe. Similar to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, the Dark Universe would have re-envisioned Universal’s famous classic movie monsters with a modern day twist. The idea sounded promising, especially when it touted a stellar cast like Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem, and it seemed like it had all the makings of a success.
But The Mummy was panned by critics and was a box office bomb, leaving many to question if there was any need to explore a Dark Universe or kick it off with a reboot of a film so soon. So, at least for now, Universal and director Bill Condon have decided to hit the pause button on what was to be the next installment, Bride Of Frankenstein. More on the story below.
The new trend in Honest Trailers is to preview the big release of the upcoming weekend. After Pitch Perfect and Entourage the last two weeks, the Screen Junkies guys debut this afternoon The Lost World: Jurassic Park trailer, mocking Steven Spielberg’s 1997 sequel to the legendary 1993 hit Jurassic Park. In fact the sequel thing is the first thing they poke fun, relating Lost World to one of the unnecessary Jaws sequels. Narrator Jon Bailey also asks a question I always pondered:
“Why isn’t the title Jurassic Park 2: Lost World?”