We'll have to wait a little longer to bask in the silliness of Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking movie

Cowboy Ninja Viking is one of those titles that demands some sort of emotional reaction, usually in the “How hard can my eyes roll without giving me a headache?” space. Originally a comic from A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, Universal has been working on a film adaptation of the book—about a bunch of assassins…

Universal snags the rights to a film adaptation of lousy Stephen King book The Tommyknockers

Refusing to learn the lessons taught by laughably cheesy ABC miniseries of the mid-1990s, Universal has emerged victorious from an improbably fierce bidding war to secure James Wan’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1989 novel The Tommyknockers for itself. And, hey, on the surface, we get it: Wan continues to be a…

Seeing Tom Cruise get his ass kicked again is one of The Mummy’s few pleasures

Tom Cruise tumbles around a nose-diving airplane, grunting impotently at gravity. His character, a rakish treasure-hunting soldier named Nick Morton, has accidentally unleashed a mummified Egyptian princess from her tomb, and the only reason he survives the crash—awakening in a translucent plastic body bag without a…

Universal wants Hunchback and Phantom for its Dark Universe

Universal’s newly named Dark Universe hasn’t officially kicked off yet—the opening of The Mummy this weekend will signal that—but it keeps expanding nonetheless. In an interview with Fandom (via /Film) Alex Kurtzman, the man who is leading this effort to get people invested in the world of spooky characters, noted…

Universal has titled its new monster movie franchise the Dark Universe

We’ve known for a while now that Universal has been angling to launch its very own universe based off its stable of monster properties, but today the studio named its budding franchise that will kick off with this summer’s The Mummy. It will be known as the Dark Universe—not to be confused with DC’s Dark Universe—and…

Universal is making a movie out of a wife’s “dating ad” for her widowed husband

Earlier this year—ten days before her death from ovarian cancer—celebrated author and memoirist Amy Krouse Rosenthal posted a column that served as an unorthodox dating ad to The New York Times. The subject of the effusive praise, charming anecdotes, and frequent reminders of general greatness? Krouse Rosenthal’s…

Aquaman writer swims over to The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Nailing down his rep as Hollywood’s go-to guy for the damp action genre, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall is making his way over to Universal’s The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Beall—who also penned Gangster Squad and the TV version of Training Day, although there’s no fish parallels there, so whatevs—will write the…

A look at Orson Welles’ Touch Of Evil shows how studios mishandled his movie

The story of Orson Welles is famously tragic: A wunderkind who made what many consider to be the greatest movie right out of the gate at 25, Citizen Kane, his career was then squandered through a variety of studio battles, so that he only wound up with a handful of masterpieces instead of the many he surely had in…

Dracula Untold gets uninvited from Universal’s shared monster-verse

When the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe was first announced a million years ago in the summer of 2014, there was some ambiguity about whether Gary Shore’s soon-to-be-released Dracula Untold would be considered canon. Next year’s The Mummy was the official kick-off of the franchise, but creative heads Alex…

It’s Rumor Time: Dwayne Johnson might play the Wolf Man in Universal’s monster mash

No one keeps track of their wheelings and dealings quite like Dwayne Johnson, who’s become a one-man studio. Not only does he promote projects when he signs on to them, but he also treats his Instagram account as a trade publication like Deadline, trumpeting the cast additions to said projects before going on to “…

Universal and Dwayne Johnson are making a Robert Ludlum cinematic universe

It’s been years since we heard about Dwayne Johnson starring in an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Directive, but as Ludlum’s Jason Bourne has proven many times, action movie vehicles like this never really die…they just go away for a while until the studio realizes that there’s money to be made off of them.…

Universal still wants to move forward with that Interview With The Vampire reboot

These days, there’s no material too obscure or barely faded from recent memory to be deemed unworthy of a remake/reboot. There’s also no property with disparate (or boring) enough characters to avoid being tied together in some kind of “cinematic universe.” With that spirit in mind, Universal has remembered its…

Universal snatches up con woman story from Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn

Now that Hollywood has put at least a token effort into adapting all three of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s so-far published novels, its hit-hungry executives are voraciously moving on to the author’s short fiction in their search of new and buzzworthy material to adapt. To that end, and after what Variety is…