Universal Studios News

Alex Kurtzman to Direct 'Mummy' Reboot

5:35 PM 7/30/2014 by Jeff Giles
Shortly after being hired to shepherd the new "shared universe" that's being stitched together for Universal's monster movie properties, it appears as though Alex Kurtzman is just a signature or two away from getting the green light to direct the studio's upcoming reboot of The Mummy.

Jason Blum Talks Insidious/Sinister Director Shakeups, More Purges

10:54 PM 7/14/2014 by Fred Topel
Jason Blum
While Jason Blum has a virtual monopoly on the most successful horror movies, some of his staple directors are moving on. After directing The Fast and the Furious 7, James Wan left the Insidious franchise in the hands of screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Blum still expects he can convince Wan to make another horror movie for him, joking that it could be as soon as Insidious 4.

Fifty Shades of Grey Could Have Been a TV Series

1:57 PM 7/11/2014 by Fred Topel
Fifty Shades of Grey
While readers everywhere wait for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, consider that you might have gotten to see the ongoing story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele as a continuing TV series. And not a tame network series or even basic cable, but a fully graphic Starz show.

'Neighbors' Is Part Buster Keaton, Part Gaspar Noe

9:17 PM 3/23/2014 by Fred Topel
When the upcoming summer comedy Neighbors premiered at the South by Southwest film festival, the cast and filmmakers answered some questions from fans who had just seen the film. These are a few spoilers from the movie, in which a fraternity moves in next door to a pair of new parents.

'Riddick' Sequel in the Works at Universal

5:36 PM 1/28/2014 by Jeff Giles
Vin Diesel had to wait for years (and mortgage his house) in order to get Riddick going at Universal. But now that the movie's closing in on $100 million in global box office -- and a sizable home video hit in the bargain -- it sounds like Universal is ready to greenlight a sequel.

Universal Studios Japan Receives $250m Private Equity Injection

variety.com – Universal Studios Japan, a theme park operator in Osaka, has received a $250 million financial injection from Hong Kong private equity firm PAG. 7 years 45 weeks ago via donnieyen

Emma Thompson Says There Won't Be a 'Nanny McPhee 3'

12:46 AM 11/18/2013 by Fred Topel
Emma Thompson
Nanny McPhee was set to be a franchise for Emma Thompson, starring as the magical governess who teaches kids to behave. Based on the Christianna Brand books, 2005’s Nanny McPhee led to a 2010 sequel, Nanny McPhee Returns so there are many fans of the nanny. Unfortunately, those fans will not be getting a trilogy, and Thompson was sorry to break it to us.

'Fast & Furious 7' Starts Filming; Vin Diesel Already Talking About 'Fast 8'

5:10 PM 9/11/2013 by Jeff Giles
Vin Diesel
One of the fun (and truly unexpected) things about watching the Fast & Furious franchise evolve from gearhead guilty pleasure into reliable heist-thriller blockbuster machine has been the way the movies have developed a real dramatic arc, with multiple characters growing and evolving (sort of?) over the various sequels. If Fast star Vin Diesel is to be believed, the next cast member to get the treatment will be new addition Kurt Russell.

Review: The Purge (Gag Me)

12:21 PM 6/6/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In 2022, we have a pristine America thanks to a “holiday” dedicated to getting our ya-yas out risk free. For 12 hours a year the rich retreat to their titanium shielded McCastles and the poor cower in wait for the purge parties to taunt, torture, rape, immolate, slice or dice them:

First Full-Length 'Riddick' Trailer Delivers the Pitch Black Goods

2:52 PM 5/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
Riddick didn't get where he is by being a relaxed, friendly, happy-go-lucky guy, so it should come as something of a relief to fans of the Vin Diesel-portrayed sci-fi antihero that his next outing -- the simply titled and long-promised Riddick -- will find the character doing exactly what he does best:

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