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Alex Kurtzman directing Universal’s reboot of The Mummy Universal has found a director for its forthcoming reboot of The Mummy, with THR reporting that Alex Kurtzman will be the man to take the helm. We recently brought you news that Kurtzman and new writing partner Chris Morgan had been charged by the studio with creating a new crossover universe linking all its classic monster franchises, with The Mummy set to be first out of the gate. Now it appears that Kurtzman’s duties will extend beyond sketching the overall template for said universe, with THR claiming he is in the final stage of negotiations to direct that first film.

Warner Bros. Forms Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team

7:38 PM 7/30/2014 by Binh Ngo
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The eight Harry Potter movies have collectively grossed more than $7 billion worldwide, and that kind of coin is not so easily replaced. So, what will Warner Bros. do to fill that void? Attempt to keep the gravy train going, of course.

Warner Bros. Plans 'Dragonriders of Pern' Movies

5:29 PM 7/30/2014 by Binh Ngo
Warner Bros. has landed the rights to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, according to Deadline. With 22 books, there's lots of material for the studio to mine.

Megan Thomason's Sci-Fi Trilogy ‘daylight’ Optioned by Pathbender (Exclusive) – Production company Pathbender has optioned the YA sci-fi trilogy “daylight” from San Diego-based author Megan Thomason, TheWrap has learned. “daynight” tells the modern-day story of three young adults, each trapped in a web of lies and deceit cast by The Second Chance Institute, a non-profit front for a totalitarian regime.

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Director Rian Johnson Teases Overall Direction of the Film Last month we got the utterly fantastic news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, (in addition to crafting a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX).  Johnson’s Looper is such an incredibly strong film that I have to imagine there will be a certain amount of quality gained from this if he’s allowed a reasonable amount of control over the project.  While details are still thin on Episode VIII (let’s face it, they’re still thin on Episode VII so I wouldn’t expect this to get better anytime soon) this is a sign that Lucasfilm and Disney are at least somewhat conce


CON AIR Director Simon West Says He’d Like to Make CON AIR 2 a “CON AIR in Space” Sequel – One of the more curious sequel possibilities floating around the past few years has been Con Air 2. Director Simon West’s 1997 actioner was a modest success at the box office, grossing $224 million worldwide, and while it was a classic Jerry Bruckheimer actioner with many quotable Nicolas Cage lines and a nutty John Malkovich performance, it was somewhat forgotten as the bigger and more four-quadrant friendly blockbusters of the 2000s started changing the moviegoing landscape. 1 day 21 hours ago via jetli

Jamie Foxx in Talks to Play Mike Tyson in Biopic, Boxer Says – Jamie Foxx might be hitting the bag in preparation to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, according to the former heavyweight champion of the world. “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it,” Tyson told the Daily Mirror. “Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me.” 1 day 21 hours ago via donnieyen

"Deadpool" Test Footage Officially Online – A few days ago came what appeared to be a pirated leak of test footage showcasing what an R-rated film based on the Marvel comic "Deadpool" could look like. "X-Men" producer Lauren Donner has been trying to get the project made for years now and recently confirmed it's still in the works at 20th Century Fox.

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Warner Bros. Creates 'Harry Potter' Global Franchise Development Team – Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, w‎ill lead the team. 2 days 3 hours ago via donnieyen

The Boy Who Lived: Warner Bros Sets Harry Potter Global Development Team – Harry Potter is also known as “the boy who lived” — and Warner Bros wants to keep it that way. The studio, which has been behind the franchise from the start way back in 2001, has now created a dedicated team to oversee its ongoing relationship with Potter creator JK Rowling. 2 days 4 hours ago via jackiechan
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