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‘Mama’ Director Circling Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ Reboot

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT

Andres Muschietti is in preliminary talks to helm The Mummy for Universal. The director and co-writer of the Guillermo del Toro executive produced horror film Mama would take over the role vacated by Len Wiseman, who dropped out of the contemporary reimagined reboot earlier this summer. After some meetings in August, Muschietti started talking to Universal last week, I’ve learned. While still ongoing, things slowed down due to the recent executive shake-up at the studio. Not that Muschietti doesn’t have a good track record with Universal. Opening on January 18 this year at the Box Office top spot, Mama has grossed over $147.7 million worldwide for Universal. The director is in development on the post-apocalyptic Bird Box for the studio. The three pic franchise has been a big success for Universal, grossing over $1.25 billion worldwide since the first Mummy came out in 1999.  The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor was released in 2008. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products are producing the new Mummy with Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts wrote the most current draft of the screenplay. Muschietti is represented by Resolution.

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Universal Posts $1.8B Best Year Ever At International Box Office

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT

Universal Pictures International has enjoyed a record-breaking 2013, notching $1.8 billion internationally, which breaks the studio’s previous record of $1.794 billion from 2012. That makes this the biggest year in UPI’s history with 14 scheduled releases to go including three wide releases. The banner year was built on global hits Les Miserables ($293M), Fast & Furious 6 ($544.4M), and Despicable Me 2 ($410M) while smaller openers like Latin hit Mama ($75.9M) and the Tom Cruise-fronted Oblivion ($197.1M) added to the bounty. Franchise sequels Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2 are currently the second and third highest grossing films internationally and worldwide. The latter is the highest-grossing animated pic of 2013 and opened at #1 in 41 territories, notching the highest grosses of all time in 15 of those territories. Uni’s supercharged Fast & Furious sequel meanwhile opened at #1 in 65 territories and earned the studio’s biggest openings of all time in 41 of them; it’s also their second highest-grossing pic in studio history behind only Jurassic Park.

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MLK Box Office: ‘Mama’ Tops With $33.2M, Arnold Flops, ‘Silver Linings’ Expands, ‘Broken City’ Tanks

SUNDAY AM 2ND UPDATEThe big news is that washed-up Arnold Schwarzenegger flopped in 10th place playing a washed-up lawman in The Last Stand (2,913 theaters). “Nobody wants to see Arnold,” one rival studio exec giggled to me. Lionsgate should demand its money back from Arnie who clearly can’t open a movie anymore even with a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences. Pic made only a pathetic $6.7M for the 3-day weekend and no more than $7.7M for the 4-day holiday. I don’t think that even covers Schwarzenegger’s cigar bill.  The actioner featuring The Guvernator’s first solo comeback to the big screen was just one of the major releases that opened for the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Saturday’s business “was shockingly good,” execs told me, once again demonstrating that the theatrical business is kicking butt with audiences even if Arnold isn’t. Bombing as well was Emmet-Furla/New Regency’s critically panned dramatic thriller Broken City (2,620 theaters) breaking Mark Wahlberg’s long string of box office hits. Also starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe (thankfully, not singing) and distributed by Fox, it debuted only #5 and finished with a sorry $9.5M for the 3-day weekend and $10.9M for the four day holiday. That star power should have generated at least $25M for the MLK weekend with its ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences.

No question that Universal’s supernatural thriller Mama (2,647 theaters) - “presented” by Guillermo Del Toro to lend it credibility – debuted #1 Friday and stayed tops through Monday with an overperforming $28.1 … Read More »

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Hot Featurette: ‘Mama’

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 3:15pm PST

Here’s an inside look at Mama, a supernatural thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. They are rescued years later and taken in by family, but apparently aren’t the only ones who tag along. As producer Guillermo del Toro explains “we are not only telling a story of a monster, we are telling the story of a very human emotion”. Universal releases the pic January 18.

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Hot Trailer: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Mama’

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 8:37pm PDT

Universal has released a new trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama. Courting the Latino market, the studio rolled out this English-language trailer with Spanish titles with Univision. Directed by Andres Muschietti, the supernatural thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau opens nationwide January 18, 2013.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Mama’

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT

Mama is a supernatural-thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and centers on two little girls raised alone in the woods after their parents’ death. They are taken in by family but apparently aren’t the only ones who tag along. Andy Muschetti directed the script he co-wrote with Neil Cross and Barbara Muschetti. Guillermo del Toro is executive producer and presenting the pic, so you know creepiness is guaranteed. Universal releases the pic January 18.

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Universal Dates ‘Mama’, ‘Rush’ And Moves ‘Oblivion’ Earlier

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 4:46pm PDT

Universal Pictures has set dates for Mama and Rush and slightly shifted the Tom Cruise science-fiction adventure Oblivion. The supernatural thriller Mama “presented by Guillermo del Toro” and directed by Andres Muschietti has been dated January 18, 2013. It’s about two young girls who disappeared the day their mother was murdered but are subsequently rescued and taken in by a couple (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain) who sense an unseen evil presence. The Ron Howard-directed Formula 1 racing drama Rush, slated to open September 20, explores the real-life rivalry of James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brhl). Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski and co-starring Coster-Waldau), has moved a week earlier to April 19, 2013 from April 26 with a special IMAX exclusive debut set for April 12.

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