Archive for May 1, 2012

Kurtzman & Orci Rebooting ‘The Mummy’ & ‘Van Helsing’; Rewriting ‘All You Need Is Kill’


Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Seriously, when do Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci find time to sleep?

Just last week, the Transformers and Star Trek franchise alums (and co-creators / “consulting producers” for Fringe) signed on to rewrite the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Reports are now in that the pair recently did a revamping of the script for the impending Tom Cruise vehicle All You Need Is Killand are helping to develop and produce Universal’s reboots of both The Mummy and Van Helsing franchises (the latter has Cruise attached to star).

According to the official press release from Universal Pictures, Kurtzman and Orci are slated to “develop and produce” the Mummy reboot (with Darkest Hour and Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts penning the script), as well as the tentatively writer-less Van Hesling project. Besides being attached as headliner, Cruise is ...

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‘Star Trek 2′ Villain(s) Revealed At Last? TOS Character Cameo Confirmed?


star trek 2 post-converted 3d shot in imax

J.J. Abrams is getting pretty close to the conclusion of his six-month production for the untitled Star Trek sequel now. Outside of a few unrevealing set photos and technical details having been leaked, the filmmaker has proven quite successful at maintaing secrecy around his tentpole, sci-fi franchise project.

Here’s the inevitable “however” – several juicy Star Trek 2 rumors are circulating right now, ranging from the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character – to the possibility of an original series cast member showing up – and details about certain classic Trek baddies, playing second fiddle in the film.

Suffice it to say: none of this is official right now and should be taken with a grain of salt. However, those who wish to avoid any potential spoilers at this point, STOP READING ...

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‘TRON: Uprising’ Trailer Offers More Story & Grid Action


TRON fans eager to return to The Grid in TRON 3 are going to have to be patient, seeing how production on that threequel (still not a certainty) isn’t expected to begin until 2014 at the earliest. In the meantime, you’ll be able to take a trip back to the land of light-cycles and identity discs with the upcoming, 10-episode animated TV series, TRON: Uprising.

Uprising bridges the narrative gap between the original TRON movie and TRON: Legacy. Based on early footage from the show (which looks quite gorgeous), it imitates the aesthetic of the latter film, rather than the 1980s original – or, say, takes a hybrid approach, like that in Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” music video.

The TRON TV spinoff follows Beck (voice of Elijah Wood), an idealistic, young program who leads a revolution against ...

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Matthew Perry Comedy ‘Go On’ Gets Series Order From NBC


NBC has officially given a new show from Friends alum Mathew, Go On, the go ahead. As previously announced, Perry has tapped former Friends writer/producer Scott Silveri to create the sitcom as part of NBC’s new fortified comedy lineup. Perry will also act as an executive producer on the project.

The series, which began shooting last March, revolves around a charming sportscaster (Perry) forced into a mandatory group grief counseling following a great loss. Actresses Julie White (Transformers ) and Suzy Nakamura (Men of a Certain Age) will also star as a widowed woman stuck in the anger stage of grief – and a woman attempting to deal with her parents’ divorce, respectively.

Since the Friends finale in 2004, Perry has not been idle in the TV world – he followed the hit comedy that made him a star ...

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‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Images & Wallpaper Tease a Darker Origin Story


Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man is struggling to keep its head above the water right now, what with all the ruckus about Avengers breaking overseas box office records (just ahead of its U.S. debut this week) and the recent premiere of the third Dark Knight Rises trailer.

The Spidey franchise reboot will get an extra push in a few days’ time, when its trailer is released online (and attached to Avengers prints). Meanwhile, a couple of new ASM photos and wallpaper have been released – and yes, they firmly embrace the “darker, grittier” philosophy of the film’s marketing to date.

For those just tuning in: Amazing Spider-Man is a retelling of the webslinger’s origin story that features a new Peter Parker (Social Network‘s Andrew Garfield) and incorporates several elements found in Stan Lee’s classic Spider-Man comics, but not present in Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man flick – such as, ...

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