Universal Pictures gained in prominence during the 1930s and 40s, in no small part due to their classic monster movies such as 1931's Dracula and 1941's The Wolf Man. With vampires and werewolves finding themselves in more romantic fare in current movies and TV shows, Universal still attempted a re-imagining of The Wolf Man last year, however, after becoming a disappointment at the box office, the movie didn't exactly kick-start a new movie franchise.
Or did it? Undaunted by the critical and financial failure of The Wolfman, the studio announced plans of a reboot in July, altering their plans of sequel into what appeared to be a direct-to-DVD second reboot titled Werewolf. Steven Bauer (Scarface) announced last month that he and several other actors had already been cast for the movie and that he was heading to Romania to shoot it in a few days". Bauer was maybe a few weeks off on the start date, but Universal has finally announced the start of production on what they are calling — get ready for it — Untitled Werewolf Thriller. what will it be about? >> Posted 10.31.11 by Ryan
Universal is one of the few studios that has become financially conservative in these tough, economic times, passing on or rejecting big-budgeted projects like Ron Howard's adaptation of The Dark Tower series and director Guillermo del Toro's R-rated adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness. But if there's one thing Universal won't give up on, it's a reboot of 1941's The Wolf Man.
Despite not even earning back its budget on last year's The Wolfman, Universal has given the thumbs up to a second reboot, titled Werewolf. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Initially, Universal was planning a sequel to The Wolfman, but after it bombed at the box office (ironically forcing the studio to shut the door on The Dark Tower and At the Mountains of Madness months later), the sequel was salvaged into the now-reboot of Werewolf. who else joined the cast? >> Posted 09.18.11 by Ryan
The first trailer has been released for Blackthorn, the English-language debut movie for director Mateo Gil, known for his screenplays for Vanilla Sky and The Sea Inside.
The movie explores the myth that notorious train and bank robber Butch Cassidy survived the fatal shooting he and his partner the Sundance Kid suffered in the hands of Bolivian police in 1908, and sees Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, actor, and director Sam Shepard play Cassidy. The former outlaw is living in Bolivia under the name James Blackthorn and becomes embroiled in his last adventure while trying to travel back to the United States. Blackthorn debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, after which Magnolia Pictures picked up the U.S. distribution rights.
Shot entirely in Bolivia, the terrain is beautifully shot by Gil, and looks every bit the classic American Western as the last Butch Cassidy movie, 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. watch the trailer >> Posted 08.26.11 by Ryan
Not ready to give yourself over to the estrogen-fest that is Sex and the City? And you don't want to have your pants scared off by The Strangers, either? Perhaps this weekend is time for some handy-dandy indie movie counterprogramming.
Allow us to suggest the awesome thriller/horror, Stuck, about a nurse (Mena Suvari) who accidentally hits a homeless man (Stephen Rea) with her car and then drives it home to let him die in her garage so she won't get in trouble.
Intrigued? Learn more in our Exclusive Interview With Stephen Rea and our Review of Stuck. You'll be glad you did. Posted 05.28.08 by reelz