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Universal Classic Monsters Reboot Grabs ‘Men In Black,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Prisoners’ Writers
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Universal has decided to put together their very own version of the Pixar Brain Trust to work together on the planned Avengers-style shared universe reboot of their Classic Monsters.

It’s being reported that the studio has brought in Ed Solomon, Noah Hawley, and Aaron Guzikowski as part of the strategy. The trio now will join forces with the first two members of the cinematic collective, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

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Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ Reboot Has Its Director
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Recently it was announced that Universal was going to reboot their Classic Monsters, and also bring them together similarly to what Marvel did with their superheros in The Avengers.

The ambitious plan is being developed by writers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, but now it appears at least one of the two wants to get a little more hands-on. It’s being reported that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the first of the rebooted monster flicks, The Mummy, himself.

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Official Title and Release Date Announced For ‘Jurassic Park 4’
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Last we heard, Jurassic Park IV was being pushed back from a planned 2014 release to sometime in 2015, and producer Steven Spielberg was helping up-and-coming director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) with his first experience with a huge franchise blockbuster.

Now Universal has announced an official title (complete with the logo above) as well as a new official release date for the movie, which Trevorrow is also co-writing along with Derek Connolly.

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Vin Diesel Used ‘Fast & Furious’ Cameo Role To Retain Rights To ‘Riddick’
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Normally, an actor would like to be paid handsomely for a small cameo role in a film, but not Vin Diesel. Instead of receiving a check, the actor received something that was closer to his heart and much more valuable: the rights to his character Riddick. Diesel talked about the trade during the Riddick film premiere in L.A.

In 2006, when Universal was looking to give the Fast & Furious franchise a recharged, they wanted to bring back the face of the franchise to ensure that fans would return for more – four more if you’re keeping count. So when the studio asked Diesel to appear in a cameo role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift; the actor agreed, but instead of being given a check, the actor acquired the rights to Riddick.

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‘BioShock’ Movie Killed Off By Video Game Creator Ken Levine
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There’s been no talk of the long-rumored BioShock movie for quite some time now, and for good reason…because the anticipated cinematic adaptation has been killed off.

The movie was first in the hands of Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the upcoming Lone Ranger, who had plans to remain faithful to the adult-aimed game with a brutal, R-rated movie take on the story of Andrew Ryan and his dream, the underwater city of Rapture, which began as a government-less utopian heaven and quickly descended into a anarchic dystopian hell.

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Disney In Depth: 10 Disney Movies That Deserve Theme Park Attractions (Part 1)
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Sometimes it takes many years, even decades, for a popular Disney film brand to enter the theme parks in the form of an attraction. For instance, while the Voyage of The Little Mermaid first graced Disney’s Hollywood Studios only two years after the film’s debut, over 20 years passed before a ride shaped up in the parks.

Now the exquisite dark ride exists at both Disney California Adventure Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. In this first section of two-part edition of Disney In Depth I will share five films that deserve to be translated into theme park attractions.

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‘Pet Sematary’ & ‘It’ Remake Writer Dave Kajganich To Pen New ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’
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Universal has no problem rebooting their classic monster movie properties every now and again. Not too long ago they remade the great 1941 Lon Chaney classic The Wolf Man, and recent reports have indicated that new versions of Frankenstein (being developed by Guillermo del Toro) and The Mummy (currently set to be directed by Len Wiseman) aren’t too far off.

Another property Universal has been trying to remake for a couple of decades now with little luck, is 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now it appears that they’re ready to give it another go with the announcement that they’ve found a writer for the remake. It’s being reported that Dave Kajganich has been hired to pen the screenplay, and that he’ll be starting from scratch.

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‘The Sixth Gun’ Coming To TV Courtesy Of ‘LOST’ Showrunner Carlton Cuse
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Fans of Oni Press’s comic The Sixth Gun got some good news today when it was announced that the comic would be getting made into a TV courtesy of LOST co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

The show is being produced by Universal TV and Oni’s production company Closed on Monday Entertainment and will air on NBC (assuming the show is picked up). The Sixth Gun, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt, follows the adventures of Becky Montcrief and Drake Sinclair as they travel the Wild West, searching for clues and trying to stop evil forces trying to harness the power of six pistols with supernatural powers.

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Universal Hires Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci To Produce ‘Dragonology’
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Often associated with writing sci-fi material, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have recently evolved into producers and directors. But they still take a dip into writing scripts here and there.

Now it’s being reported that Kurtzman and Orci will be producing the long-gestating Dragonology, a fantasy-based film for Universal.

The film is based on a series of 12 children’s books that are presented as faux fiction. So we could be seeing this film from a first-person point of view, which seems like an obvious choice to present the film since video recording technology wasn’t available during medieval times.

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‘God Of War’ Movie Adaptation Grabs ‘Pacific Rim’ Writers
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It’s been a long, long time since we heard anything about the hit video game franchise, God of War, being turned into a movie. Once upon a time Brett Ratner was attached to the project, but it was well over three years ago now that we were told that Ratner was putting the movie on the back burner and moving on to “Trump Heist,” which of course became Tower Heist.

Now the mighty Kratos has resurfaced, and it appears Universal is ready to give it another go. The studio has hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to rewrite a draft of the script penned by executive producer David Self.

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