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Universal Classic Monsters and Blumhouse Mazes To Create New Nightmares At Halloween Horror Nights
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Universal Monsters Coming To Halloween Horror Nights

It would not be much of a Halloween-themed maze at an amusement park without its signature scares and monsters. And what better place to experience that than at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights, with Universal’s own classic monsters?

The studio will also be working with its film production partner Blumhouse for two all new scared-filled mazes based on Unfriended and Truth or Dare. More on the story below.

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Blumhouse Interested In Bringing Universal’s Dark Universe Back From The Dead
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Remember Universal’s short-lived Dark Universe that died an agonizing death when The Mummy opened in theaters to lower than expected numbers? It may have had a short lifespan, but it looks like the Dark Universe could potentially be rising from the grave. Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse, says he is interested in bringing the Dark Universe back to life. More on the story here below.

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Guillermo del Toro Talks Regret Over Declining Chance To Run Universal’s Monster Universe
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Things have not gone well early on for Universal’s much-hyped shared world featuring their classic monsters, called the Dark Universe. Their first movie, The Mummy, was released earlier this year. Instead of focusing on what made Universal’s monster movies so great, the horror and tone, they instead opted for an action-heavy, CGI-tainted style. The movie quickly became a financial and critical failure. To make matters worse, the talent Universal had hired to manage this ambitious endeavor began departing, and the future of the Dark Universe was already a big question mark.

But it’s still early. Universal still has time to right the ship if they so choose. And one name fans of the original monster movies believe would be perfect to help steer things away from guaranteed death is none other than Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak). As it turns out, however, Universal already offered del Toro the chance to work on their monster universe, and he turned it down. Find a quote from del Toro and a video below.

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Johnny Depp Set For ‘The Invisible Man’ In Universal’s Monsters Shared Universe
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The Invisible Man

Whether or not you’re excited about Universal’s Classic Monsters shared universe, no one can dispute the fact that they’re going big with the stars in an attempt to make the new franchise as successful as possible.

We already know that Tom Cruise will be starring in their next take on The Mummy, which will also star Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in the title role, and now comes word that they studio has landed Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp to lead The Invisible Man for them.

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‘The Mummy’ Reboot Finds Its Mummy In ‘Kingsman’ Star Sofia Boutella
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Sofia Boutella in Kingsman: The Secret Service

The first movie to be rebooted in Universal Pictures’ Classic Monsters shared universe, The Mummy, has found its mummy.

It’s being reported that Sofia Boutella, who had a breakout role in the surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service and has a role in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, is in talks to take on the tile role of the reboot. If deals get worked out, she would co-star alongside Tom Cruise, who was reported to be in talks for a role in the movie at the end of last month.

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Universal Classic Monsters Reboot Grabs ‘Men In Black,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Prisoners’ Writers
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Universal Classic Monsters

Universal has decided to put together their very own version of the Pixar Brain Trust to work together on the planned Avengers-style shared universe reboot of their Classic Monsters.

It’s being reported that the studio has brought in Ed Solomon, Noah Hawley, and Aaron Guzikowski as part of the strategy. The trio now will join forces with the first two members of the cinematic collective, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Will Tie Into Universal Pictures’ Monster Reboot Series
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Gary Shore‘s Dracula origins movie Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans as the titular character, hits theaters on October 10, and the press has been seeing the film prior to its junket. While we wait to see what the cast and crew has to say about their experience making the film, there are already rumors swirling that the film is somehow connected to the Universal Pictures’ Classic Monsters franchise reboot they are currently building.

The film was originally separate from the Universe that the studio was building. The Mummy reboot, which is being directed by Alex Kurtzman, was actually the film that was to launch the franchise universe the same way that Iron Man did for Marvel Studios. But it seems that Universal has been getting quite a surprising response from Dracula Untold, and has decided to shift its gears. Hit the jump to read more.

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Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ Reboot Has Its Director
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Recently it was announced that Universal was going to reboot their Classic Monsters, and also bring them together similarly to what Marvel did with their superheros in The Avengers.

The ambitious plan is being developed by writers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, but now it appears at least one of the two wants to get a little more hands-on. It’s being reported that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the first of the rebooted monster flicks, The Mummy, himself.

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Universal Classic Monsters To Get ‘Avengers’-Style Reboot
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Universal Classic Monsters

Universal Pictures wants in on the unified franchises game being perfected by the well-oiled machine that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe and attempted by Warner Brothers’ DC Comics lineup.

But instead of acquiring a new superhero/comic book property, Universal is reaching back to some classics. It’s being reported that the studio has decided to reboot their Universal Classic Monsters, the legendary line-up of monster movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

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Blu-ray Deal: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Contents

As part of Amazon’s weekly deals the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray box set is on sale for only $65.99 (that’s 56% off the list price of 149.98).

This 8-disc Blu-ray set comes with 8 films of the Universal Monsters collection now digitally restored and in high definition for the first time ever: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon. The set also comes with collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each monster movie is accompanied by tons of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers.

Grab this set while it’s on sale all this week and be sure to check out more DVD and Blu-ray sets on sale right now.

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