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Announced even before cameras starting rolling on this summer’s “The Mummy,” it was always been known that Universal were developing a big monster movie franchise, in a bid to get into the cinematic universe game of their rivals, while also reviving classic catalog characters. Now, the endeavor has an official name. The studio has announced that henceforth, their monster movie doings shall fall under the blandly named, Dark Universe banner. Continue reading Universal Officially Launches ‘Dark Universe’ Monster Movie Franchise at The Playlist.

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Oh right, “The Mummy.” I honestly keep forgetting this movie is coming, and perhaps Universal senses they need to kick up the awareness, because with just a few weeks to go until it hits cinemas, a new trailer has landed. Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt Nick Morton who opens up a tomb he shouldn’t have, gets cursed, and now has to save the world from an ancient evil. Continue reading Tom Cruise Is Cursed In New Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ at The Playlist.

While audiences haven’t always rewarded big, blockbuster properties treating themselves so seriously (hello, DC Films), Universal is rolling those dice for “The Mummy” in their contemporary spin on the classic movie monster. Tom Cruise takes a break from whatever “Mission: Impossible” stunt he’s working on to star in the film about an ancient evil that’s unleashed that he has to stop or else the world will turn to darkness or whatever. Continue reading Tom Cruise Finds Adventure In New International Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ at The Playlist.

Tom Cruise already has one bread and butter franchise with “Mission: Impossible,” but it looks like he might have another, taking the lead in Universal’s first monster movie universe movie with “The Mummy.” And a new trailer highlights its blockbuster ambitions. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, and co-written by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus“) and longtime Cruise bud Christopher McQuarrie, the film features Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Star Trek Beyond“) as the titular monster, whose ancient power is unleashed. Continue reading Ancient Power Is Unleashed In New Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ Starring Tom Cruise at The Playlist.

Sony has been banking on this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” their co-production with Marvel, on being a big smash hit, and something that will kick off a Spidey-verse of movies, in a way that “The Amazing Spider-Man” film didn’t. We’re yet to see what those plans will be beyond just straight sequels to ‘Homecoming,’ but Sony has something else up its sleeve. The studio has announced that “Venom” will hit theaters on October 5, 2018. Continue reading 2018: Sony Sets ‘Venom’ Release Date, ‘Aquaman’ Takes Spot Formerly Held By ‘Avatar 2’ at The Playlist.

Oh, hopes were once so high for “Dracula Untold,” that vampire movie you forgot that was released in 2014 starring Luke Evans. As the movie was gearing up to hit theaters, it was announced that Universal would be embarking on a monster movie universe, and at first, the plan was to include “Dracula Untold.” “I was really excited to be part of that [world]. When we started out we weren’t [part of the series], but then we found out that they were going to do it,” the film’s producer Alissa Phillips said mere days before it was released. Continue reading Don’t Worry, ‘Dracula Untold’ Is Not Part Of The Universal Monster Movie Canon at The Playlist.

So, like it or not, we’re getting a monster movie universe now courtesy of Universal. The studio is bringing their well of classic cinematic monsters back to the big screen, with Marvel-style connectivity. And they’re not holding on back on hiring big guns to get asses in the seats, with Tom Cruise still somewhat unbelievably starring in “The Mummy.” Clearly, the ambition is high for this picture which sees “Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Sofia Boutella playing the titular creature, with Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Continue reading Tom Cruise Faces ‘The Mummy’ In First Trailer For Universal’s Monster Movie Reboot at The Playlist.

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Universal has added a third untitled monster franchise movie from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to the schedule, set for Presidents’ Day weekend, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This follows The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, and directed by Kurtzman, on June 9, 2017 and another untitled monster pic on April 13, 2018. It’s not clear whether Uni’s reboot of The Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp will go to either the 2018 or 2019 date. There’s a multitude of characters that are being…