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Universal and Microsoft are developing a Gears of War movie

Over the past two decades Hollywood has attempted to develop a video-game movie which is both critically and commercially successful, but so far they haven't had much luck, not that it stops them from trying. The latest adaptation to be added to the pile will be based on the popular third-person shooter franchise which chronicles humanity's battle against the Locust Horde, Gears...
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Eric Heisserer talks inspiration for Van Helsing, shared monster universe

With Universal’s monster movie universe in development many have been wondering what monsters will get their time to shine, and what exactly will their modern interpretations be. Will the Wolfman use leave-in conditioner? Will Dracula suffer with diabetes? Will Frankenstein finally find a hat that fits? We do not know—until now. Well, sort of. I just did the whole...
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Universal sets a release date for Wicked in December of 2019

The odds are pretty good that you're fully aware of Wicked and it's onslaught of catchy songs, but in case you're not, the show is a re-telling of THE WIZARD OF OZ, told from the perspective of the witches. There's been talk about a film for half a decade now, but it looks like Universal is finally ready to commit. WICKED will hit theaters on December 20, 2019 . The film will be...
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Dwayne Johnson to launch Universal's Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe

Collectively, the Jason Bourne film franchise has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, which is probably why a cinematic universe is in the works based on author Robert Ludlum's non-Bourne novels. THR has learned that Universal has joined forces with screenwriter James Vanderbilt (ZODIAC, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Mythology Entertainment's Brad Fischer and William...
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Tom Hooper to direct film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is heading to the big screen. The word from Variety is that Tom Hooper (LES MISERABLES, THE DANISH GIRL) has been set to direct and produce a film adaptation of the long-running musical for Universal and Working Title. Hooper will also produce the project with Debra Hayward, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Working Title. Based on T.S....
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2016 Universal Pictures Preview

Universal Pictures led the charge in 2015, raking in $2.4 billion at the domestic box office with mega champs like FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, and yep, MINIONS. PITCH PERFECT 2, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, and STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON were also big winners for the studio and although there are no sequels to any of those films in 2016, there's still plenty to choose from, with notables being Duncan...
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Sofia Coppola reveals why she dropped out of Universal's The Little Mermaid

Last year Sofia Coppola signed on to direct Universal's live-action adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID, however, the following summer she departed the project due to " creative differences. " I'd love if we could come up with a new term for that. The Wrap caught up with Sofia Coppola for an interview about A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS and the director elaborated...
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Universal courting Ryan Gosling for Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic

Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling 's first collaboration will be witnessed in the upcoming LA LA LAND, a modern take on the Hollywood musical which stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as the aspiring actress he falls in love with. Their working relationship must have been fruitful as Deadline is reporting that Universal is courting the actor to work with...
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Universal hopes that Angelina Jolie will portray an iconic Universal Monster

Angelina Jolie 's latest directorial outing, BY THE SEA, could stand to lose Universal as much as $40 million, but despite that rather considerable loss, the studio is hoping to keep Angelina Jolie in the Universal family. In fact, that was what they had planned from the very moment the deal for BY THE SEA was struck. Today THR published an article titled "Will...
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Amy Poehler to play an NBA coach in untitled basketball comedy for Universal

Amy Poehler is poised to blow up on the big screen. After finishing her critically lauded run on NBC's Parks and Recreation and enjoying regular supporting roles on the big screen, Poehler led the voice cast of Pixar's latest, INSIDE OUT. Now, she is going to take the next big step and headline a studio comedy. Variety reports that Poehler is set to star in an untitled...
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Steve Carell to star in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Marwencol

It's been several years since we last heard any big news about Robert Zemeckis ' upcoming adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary MARWENCOL, but thanks to The Wrap we finally have a face and a name for the starring role as Steve Carell has signed on for Robert Zemeckis ' film of the same name. For those of your not familiar, Marwencol is the name of...
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Chris Pratt will play a bootlegger in The Real McCoy for Universal

Are you tired of Chris Pratt yet? Despite only really breaking through to the mainstream with last year's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and set to appear this summer in JURASSIC WORLD, it seems that Pratt's name is popping up in contention for every single major role out there from THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (confirmed) to the INDIANA JONES reboot (rumored). Does Pratt think he is Idris...
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