Universal’s DARK UNIVERSE May Still be Alive and Kicking

You can’t keep a good monster down, eh? Apparently so. While Universal Studios had grand plans to develop what they’d dubbed the Dark Universe, that shared cinematic realm seemed doomed before it ever really got going. The first picture in the shared monster movie-verse was the Tom Cruise-fronted The Mummy, and from there the studio … Continued

SUPER MARIO BROS. Animated Movie Announced

It’s-a me, Mario! Yes, as the title suggests, a new Super Mario Bros. animated movie is now in development. Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo are teaming up on the picture. The news was announced by Tatsumi Kimishima, who confirmed that Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri will produce the effort along with Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. Universal Pictures will … Continued

BIRTHRIGHT Movie in Development

With comic book adaptations all the rage right now, yet another property is getting adapted for the big screen. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s Birthright has had its rights picked up by Universal Pictures. Moving quickly, Despicable Me’s Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul are working on the screenplay. Image Comics … Continued


With Detective Pikachu having recently brought in Ryan Reynolds to voice its titular character, the film has also moved to bring in Ken Watanabe. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Watanabe – best known to genre fans for the likes of Batman Begins, The Last Samurai, Inception and Godzilla – will be playing Detective Yoshida, a character … Continued

Serious Problems for Universal’s DARK UNIVERSE

Oh dear. While the official word is that Universal’s shared Dark Universe is still happening, the shared cinematic realm of monsters has now had another setback. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the creative minds behind the whole shared universe – Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan – have departed the project. This comes hot on the heels of … Continued