Transformers screenwriter Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the reboot of hit franchise The Mummy. Kurtzman, along with his partners Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, is already producing the action adventure, and now executives at Universal Pictures are closing a deal for him to helm it as well.
Co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum tells The Hollywood Reporter that Kurtzman is the "perfect choice" for the project, thanks to his "clarity and passion about this character and mythology".
Details of The Mummy reboot are under wraps, but the film is set in the present day and features new characters.
Kurtzman is the third director to be linked to The Mummy - both Len Wiseman and Mama filmmaker Andy Muschietti were previously attached to direct the film.
The reboot is slated to hit cinemas on April, 2016.
The Zero Dark Thirty star learned to play the bass for her role in the spooky film and was upset when a performance scene was cut. But the lessons she took have encouraged her to follow her music dreams.
She says, "I took bass lessons for about a month and I learned this song. Then, a week before we shot it I heard that the song was changed. Then I learned that. We shoot it (performance) and the camera goes from one band member to the next and then finally to me and the whole song has been played and (director) Andy (Muschietti) goes 'Cut!' I'm like, 'Andy you showed me three seconds playing the bass and I spent five weeks learning how to play!'
"I really got into the music as Annabel and I was listening to a lot of punk music - Lou Reed, the Misfits. Now I really want to do a musical."
Chastain, who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty on Thursday morning (10Jan13), is currently on Broadway in hit play The Heiress.
Guillermo Del Toro is exactly what the horror world needs.
Breaking into the world of filmmaking in the early '90s with a mix of Mexican and Hollywood horror movies (Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone), Del Toro has become a coveted director for all things weird and fantastical. He was originally set to helm The Hobbit, but when the films were on the verge of collapsing (which, thankfully, they didn't), Del Toro took on the 2013 robots-versus-monsters battle movie Pacific Rim. No matter how wild the concept, the director's imagination never seems to run dry.
In fact, it's overflowing. While developing his own projects, Del Toro has taken the role of producer to help bring to life a slew of original horror movies with budding first-time directors at the helm. His latest, Mama, was inspired by a short film by Andres Muschietti, who Del Toro recruited to direct the feature version — and based on the first trailer, it looks creepier than any of the countless remakes the genre has been flooded with in the past few years.
The film stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as the parents of two adopted, possibly feral little girls. After being discovered in an abandoned cabin, on their own in the wilderness for nearly five years, the girls are taken in and handed over to Chastain and Coster-Waldau's characters. They aren't normal: running around like psychos, eating each other's hair, and talking to the walls, calling for "Mama." Who or what is "Mama?" That's where things get scary and the gravitas of Del Toro really starts to be noticeable.
Check out the spot below. Mama is currently slated for January 18, 2013.
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