A television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientists in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.
Although the original Mummy (1932) was set in the 1920s as were the Brendan Fraser adventure movies, the new script, by Jon Spaihts, sets the tale in the modern age.
A few weeks ago news hit that the producers of the upcoming super serious Van Helsing remake, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who also wrote Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and Cowboys And Aliens), were going to be creating an Avengers type universe with the Universal Monsters library. A lot of people treated this like it was a new idea, but the fact is these creatures have crossed paths many times before, going back almost 80 years.
Even studios that weren’t Universal have gotten super close to this idea, chief among them TriStar back in 1987 with Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad. While it’s not a perfect film, it’s a lot of fun (helped in no small part by a script from Shane Black). It’s also the closest thing we’ve seen in recent years to the scenario that seems to be in everyone’s heads – these monsters teaming up for some reason. The idea of Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster and Gill Man joining forces is inherently dumb, so something in this tone is pretty much the only way it works. For the life of me I can’t imagine a $100M+ film by committee matching it.
There’s also the framework of Kurtzman and Orci’s past work, which doesn’t really sing to me the way this does (what with its internal logic and beginning, middle and end). So what do you think? Sure Monster Squad is just a cute Goonies riff, but is there any scenario in which this idea gets better? READ MORE
The last we heard (at least around these horror parts) from producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who also wrote Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and Cowboys And Aliens) was that they were busy making their upcoming Van Helsing reboot as serious as possible.
Now, per IGN word comes down that they could be doing something very Marvel-like with the Universal monster universe. Orci tells the site, “Universal [has] this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. ‘Van Helsing’, and we’re also producing ‘The Mummy’ for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was.”
This is vague, but there’s some promising stuff in this implication. And since Orci is a fan of conspiracies, I don’t think he’d mind me hinting at one here with very little evidence. If a seamless Universal Monster universe existed, that would certainly be something. It would be nice to see a lot of these guys in a movie together for the first time since The Monster Squad. I’m not a huge fan of K&O’s output, but if this gets stitched together it could be cool either way.
“An unlikely team. An unbelievable mystery.” – that’s the tagline for Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”, premiering Monday, September 16. What’s unbelievable to me is how this show got greenlit. Actually, it looks massively expensive and fairly dumb so I guess that falls in line with standard Hollywood logic.
“Sleepy Hollow,” from “Transformers” team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, finds Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) being resurrected to find a world on the brink of doom. It’s “a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.”
Len Wiseman directed the pilot. READ MORE
We first reported on “Sleepy Hollow” back in July, and now it looks like the project from Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is going in to development for the Fox network. No word on if Underworld director Len Wiseman is still directing the pilot.
The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kurtzman and Orci’s studio-based K/O Paper Products, is descried as “A modern–day supernatural thriller based on the legend of “Sleepy Hollow.” It follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.”
Kurtzman and Orci will write the script with Phillip Iscove, on whose idea the project is based.
Back in May we reported that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (co-writers of Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys And Aliens) and their K/O Paper Products banner had kicked off a new producing relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio’s library, one of which is the and The Mummy remake (the other film in the deal is Van Helsing with Tom Cruise. Paper Products was set to develop and produce a modern re-imagining of the project alongside producer Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour, draft one of Prometheus) will be writing the script.
And now this project has a director… Len Wiseman (Underworld, the Total Recall remake). Per Deadline, “Universal Pictures is setting Len Wiseman to direct The Mummy, the reboot of a franchise whose most recent incarnation grossed $1.25 billion over three films. Jon Spaihts is writing the script and the studio is eyeing a potential summer 2014 release, so things are moving quickly, with Universal eager to ramp back up one of its most venerable franchises.”
Presented without comment is this quote from Kurtzman. “A lot of the work with Len has been about creating mythology, and I remember seeing Underworld and finding it a beautiful advancement of the genre. It was presented in this fresh, incredibly cool concept, but it never gave up its reverence for the mythology and that is what inspired us to meet with Len.”
So. There it is. Not really excited about this, but wasn’t too excited before either.
Universal Pictures today announced the studio has signed a two-year first-look production deal with one of the leading writing/producing teams in the entertainment industry, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and their K/O Paper Products banner. The duo will kick off their new relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio’s library including Van Helsing and The Mummy.
Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products will develop and produce a modern reimagining of Universal library titles including The Mummy, alongside producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts. The pair will also develop and produce Universal’s reimagined Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in and produce the film.
Kurtzman and Orci have collaborated with some of the industry’s top creative minds including J.J. Abrams, with whom they wrote the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which grossed nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. In 2007, they wrote Transformers and went on to write Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. Together, those films grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. More recently, the pair wrote and executive produced 2009′s Star Trek, which grossed more than $385 million worldwide.
Kurtzman and Orci’s upcoming projects include writing Sony’s next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. The pair most recently rewrote All You Need Is Kill for Warner Bros., with Tom Cruise attached to star, Doug Liman to direct and Erwin Stoff to produce. READ MORE
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.