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Universal Finally Admits That The Dark Universe Was A Failure

Universal Finally Admits That The Dark Universe Was A Failure
Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse’s update of The Invisible Man hits theaters next weekend, which means we can all move on with our lives and pretend as though the ill-fated Dark Universe never existed. Universal’s last attempt at rebooting their stable of iconic monsters for modern audiences didn’t go too well, with The Mummy quickly following 2014’s forgotten Dracula Untold in falling spectacularly at the first hurdle.

The Universal Monsters had appealed to movie fans for decades because they were all painted as tragic figures in their own ways, so the decision by the studio to try and ape the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s recipe for success and reinvent the characters as the stars of action blockbusters always seemed doomed to fail. Plenty of planned shared universes have fallen by the wayside in recent years because the people in the boardroom are so desperate to rush
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Sherlock Creators Steven Moffat And Mark Gatiss Reuniting For Dracula TV Series

Sherlock might be on indefinite hiatus, but the two creators of BBC’s smash-hit drama, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have got a new show lined up. Variety reports that the pair are working on a TV series based on Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula.

Simply titled Dracula, the show will follow the same format as Sherlock, taking the shape of a miniseries run of feature-length 90 minute episodes. It’ll be produced by Sue Vertue and her company Harstwood Films, who were also behind the aforementioned BBC hit.

Variety says that Moffat and Gatiss are “currently working on solo projects” but will turn their attention towards Dracula soon. Though no scripts have been written, talks are already underway with the BBC for broadcast rights in the U.K. It seems likely that a deal will be made, too, seeing as Moffat has brought much success to the corporation
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Sherlock creators to produce Dracula miniseries for the BBC

Tony Sokol Jun 20, 2017

Dracula is returning to England. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are in talks to produce new series for BBC...

Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have detected another classic novel to sink their teeth into. Bram Stoker’s Dracula begins with a real estate deal. Jonathan Harker secures the Transylvanian count some scattered properties in Whitby, England, where he can kick off his cape and hide his native soil. Those hiding places are discovered through some stiff detective work. 127 years after the 1897 publication of the classic horror novel, the quintessential vampire will be returning to England. Moffat and Gatiss are in negotiations with the BBC to create a new Dracula miniseries.

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Dracula will be the first time Moffat and Gatiss have collaborated since Sherlock aired its long awaited season 4 earlier this year. The future of Sherlock has not yet been decided. Work on the new Dracula series will begin after Moffat finishes his sixth and final season on Doctor Who.

Dracula has been adapted for stage, screen and TV many times. Stoker wrote the first theatrical version. It was first adapted to film by F. W. Murnau in Nosferatu in 1922. Bela Lugosi went from stage to screen when he starred in the 1931 Universal Studios classic. The BBC produced the TV movie Count Dracula, starring Louis Jourdan in 1977.

Gatiss is on record as a fan of the 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula, which starred Christopher Lee as the count and Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. Moffat took on classic horror in 2007 when he wrote the series Jekyll. Gatiss played Dracula in a full-cast audio play from Big Finish in 2016.

There is no word on whether Dracula will be set in modern day England.

Source: Variety
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Is Chris Evans ‘Gifted’ Enough to Lead a Non-Marvel Film?

His history of underperforming at the box office makes predicting a post-Marvel career tricky.

If the image of a bearded, flannel-clad Chris Evans playing a single uncle isn’t enough to lure throngs of women to the movies, I don’t know what will. In his latest film, Gifted, Evans plays Frank Adler, the aforementioned single uncle to a spunky six year-old gifted child, Mary (Mckenna Grace). Frank is caring for his niece after the unexpected death of his sister and he yearns for the child to have a normal and healthy life. After he sends Mary off on her first day of school, her teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate), notices the child’s remarkable abilities and alerts the school’s principal. Mary is offered a chance to attend a prestigious school for gifted children, which Frank promptly declines. This kicks off a custody battle between Frank and his estranged mother, Evelyn
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Press Gang's most mind-blowing episodes

Robin Bell Feb 6, 2017

A salute to some of the brilliant and hard-hitting episodes in Steven Moffat's first TV series, the evergreen Press Gang...

Before River Song, Trenzalore and his take on The Doctor, before Sherlock fell off a building and provided multiple explanations, before James Nesbitt flipped out in a zoo in Jekyll, before Coupling, Joking Apart and Chalk, maybe even before he was known as The Moff, before all that came the quite brilliant Press Gang. Steven Moffat's first TV series, which he wrote all 42 episodes of, was based on an idea by his father, Bill Moffat. At its centre it had a brilliant will they/won't they relationship, and the epitome of a strong female character in Lynda Day. After 5 series it ended, but left behind so many quality episodes, which in trying to choose the stand out mind-blowers has been nigh on impossible. But for jolting,
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Exclusive: Steven Moffat on the Jekyll movie

Simon Brew Dec 21, 2016

We asked Steven Moffat if he's involved in the movie of Jekyll. And he is. To a point...

At the end of the round table interviews for the Doctor Who Christmas special last week, we quickly got a chance to quiz Steven Moffat about the planned movie of his TV show, Jekyll.

Based on the Jekyll & Hyde story, Moffat’s Jekyll cast James Nesbitt in the lead role, and the Hollywood version has seen Captain America himself, Chris Evans, cast in the lead. Charles Mondry and Anthony Bagarozzi – who penned The Nice Guys – are writing the screenplay. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer is set to direct.

But is Steven Moffat involved in any way? Well, once all the Doctor Who questions were done, I asked him.

“Yes, I’m involved a bit”, he told us. “It’s all being talked about at the moment. We’ll see, we’ll see.
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Chris Evans To Star In Ruben Fleischer’s Big Screen Remake Of Steven Moffat’s TV Series ‘Jekyll’

It looks like we now know which movie Chris Evans is going to squeeze in between Captain America appearances. Deadline is reporting that Evans is set to star in the upcoming Lionsgate thriller “Jekyll.” He was rumored earlier this year to be circling the project, but it looks like now it’s official.

Despite what you may be thinking, “Jekyll” is not a simple retelling of the classic “Dr.

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Chris Evans' Jekyll Movie Gets Zombieland Director

Chris Evans' Jekyll Movie Gets Zombieland Director
Back in July, we reported that Chris Evans had come aboard to star in a big screen adaptation of Jekyll, based on the hit 2007 BBC One mini-series of the same name, written by Doctor Who and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat and starring James Nesbitt. Today we have word that the project has found a director, with Zombieland filmmaker Ruben Fleischer coming aboard to take the helm. With this project moving forward, it also sets up a competitive situation with Universal's potential Dr. Jekyll spin-off starring Russell Crowe.

Back in May, before Russell Crowe was confirmed as Dr. Jekyll in Universal's The Mummy reboot, a report surfaced that there have been discussions at Universal for a future spin-off involving his Dr. Jekyll character. That was never confirmed by Universal, but this report from Deadline indicates that the spin-off is still in the works, which will come after Dr. Jekyll in The Mummy,
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Steven Moffat's Jekyll remake to star Chris Evans

Tony Sokol Dec 14, 2016

Steven Moffat's Jekyll TV show is being turned into a feature film starring Chris Evans...

“He was wild when he was young; a long while ago to be sure; but in the law of God, there is no statute of limitations,” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and 130 years later the tale is still being reimagined. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is now set to direct a feature film remake of Steven Moffat’s 2007 BBC One mini-series Jekyll.

The contemporary sequel adaption of the Jekyll And Hyde story will star Chris Evans (Captain America himself, of course) as Tom Jackman, a descendant of the infamous Jekyll who is starting to conform to the family tradition, developing a split personality. The BBC One miniseries starred James Nesbitt (The Hobbit). Jackman turned his basement into a safe room where he lives with
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Zombieland Director Ruben Fleischer to Direct Chris Evans in Jekyll

Lionsgate has hired Zombieland director Ruben Fleisher to helm their new film Jekyll, which will star Chris Evans. The movie is an adaptation of Steven Moffat's 2007 BBC One miniseries, which continued the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Evans will take on the role of Tom Jackman, "a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who is beginning to exhibit the trademark split personality. The father and husband abandons his family, without explaining why, and lives in a fortified basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally. When they strap the doctor to a metal chair, she watches him transform into an alter ego who rages, shows heightened strength and speed and can be a charming, flirtatious scoundrel as well. The two personalities try to co-exist, even though one doesn’t remember what the other does while in control of the body. They use
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Chris Evans wanted for big screen adaptation of BBC series Jekyll

According to Deadline, Lionsgate is looking to cast Chris Evans in the lead role of Tom Jackman in a big screen adaptation of the BBC One series Jekyll, which is being produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.

The six-part Jekyll was written by Steven Moffat and aired on BBC One in 2007; described as a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it started James Nesbitt as Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Dr. Jekyll, who finds himself transforming into a version of the sinister Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll isn’t the only Jekyll and Hyde related project on the horizon, with Russell Crowe set to take on the dual roles in Universal Pictures Monster universe, beginning with a role in next year’s Tom Cruise-headlined The Mummy.
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‘Jekyll’: Chris Evans to Star in Film Adaptation of the BBC Series

‘Jekyll’: Chris Evans to Star in Film Adaptation of the BBC Series
Chris Evans is is ready to put down the Captain America shield for a spell and star as another iconic genre creation.

According to Deadline, Lionsgate is developing the silver-screen version of BBC One’s “Jekyll” series from 2007, with Evans set to play Tom Jackman — a role originally portrayed by James Nesbit on the TV series.

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The project is not to be confused with the upcoming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film in development as part of the shared Universal Monsters franchise, which takes a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (of which Evans’ Cap is a central component) in creating a series of overlapping films about its best-known figures: Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and yes, Dr. Jekyll, to be played by Russell Crowe.

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Chris Evans set for the Jekyll movie?

Chris Evans Jekyll movie news: The actor, who most will know as Captain America, is focussing on starring in the lead.

Read more on the full Chris Evans Jekyll movie news below.

Chris Evans is reportedly looking at starring in the American remake of the hit UK TV series Jekyll from Steven Moffat. If true, Evans will step into the iconic character for Lionsgate, a role made famous by James Nesbitt in the original BBC show.

Here’s the plot.

It’s 2007 and there’s a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem: Mr Hyde. But they have a deal – a body share – and an impossible life is somehow lived.

What Hyde doesn’t know, however, is that Jackman is married, and there’s a wife and two children he’ll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware,
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Chris Evans in Talks to Star in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Movie for Lionsgate

Captain America star Chris Evans is currently in talks to join Lionsgate's Jekyll, which will be based on Steven Moffat's 2007 BBC series. The series continued the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If cast, Evans will take on the lead role of Tom Jackman. If you aren't familiar with the series, it was officially described as follows:

It’s 2007 and there’s a new Dr Jekyll, with an old problem: Mr Hyde. But they have a deal – a body share – and an impossible life is somehow lived.What Hyde doesn’t know, however, is that Jackman is married, and there’s a wife and two children he’ll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he’s determined to keep his dark side in line.He’s done
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Chris Evans Joins "Jekyll" Mini-Series Remake

Chris Evans could well be the new Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but not in the way you might think.

The "Captain America" star is said to be in talks for the title role in Lionsgate's "Jekyll," a remake of the 2007 British mini-series which served as a contemporary update of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale.

"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" producer Steven Moffat created the original which starred James Nesbitt as Dr. Henry Jackman, a married man with a family who tries to keep the dangerous Mr. Hyde element of his personality under control thanks to modern technology.

At the same time an ancient organisation with limitless wealth and power is monitoring their every move. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are adapting the script from the original miniseries while Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce.

The project isn't to be confused with a potential spin-off film that's a part of
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Chris Evans circling lead role in feature adaptation of BBC's Jekyll series

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Captain America may be looking to trade in his all-American super soldier image for something a little bit darker as Deadline is reporting that Chris Evans is currently circling the lead role in a feature adaptation of BBC's Jekyll mini-series from close to a decade ago. Written by Steven Moffat (Sherlock), the Jekyll mini-series followed Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of the original Jekyll who... Read More...
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Captain America: Civil War Star Chris Evans Eyeing Lead Role In Lionsgate’s Jekyll

Chris Evans plays pretty much the most morally upright superhero there is as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Captain America: Civil War star may very well be about to take a villainous turn. The actor looks set to take on the lead role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, an upcoming movie from Lionsgate.

The writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry (who worked with Shane Black on The Nice Guys and his upcoming Doc Savage adaptation) penned the screenplay, and Jekyll is actually based on the 2007 BBC One series which was the creation of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who).

Set in the present day, it revolved around Jackman – played on TV by The Hobbit star James Nesbitt – a descendant of Jekyll who begins to exhibit signs of a split personality. He then abandons his family, creates a new home in a fortified basement and finds an ally in a psychiatric nurse.
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Captain America Star Chris Evans to Play Jekyll for Lionsgate

Captain America Star Chris Evans to Play Jekyll for Lionsgate
Lionsgate is moving forward with its Jekyll movie, and it seems the studio has found its leading man. A new report reveals that Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans has become attached in the lead role as Tom Jackman for the studio. The project is still in fairly early stages, with no director attached at this time.

Deadline reports that the studio is developing this project based on the 2007 UK miniseries of the same name. The miniseries spanned six episodes and was written by Doctor Who and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. Lionsgate has brought in Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry (The Nice Guys) to write the script, although no plot details were given.

Interestingly enough, The Nice Guys star Russell Crowe recently signed on to play Dr. Jekyll in Universal Pictures' monster reboot The Mummy, where he'll star alongside Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson.
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Newswire: Chris Evans might unleash his evil side in Lionsgate’s new Jekyll movie

Deadline is reporting that McU star and perfect-toothed goodness factory Chris Evans is in talks to unleash his still-probably-pretty-cheerful dark side on a planned film adaptation of the BBC TV miniseries Jekyll. Evans would play Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendent of Dr. Henry Jekyll, forced to share a body and a life with a super-powered evil side that’s the result of his distant ancestor’s famous experiments. (Jackman was played by James Nesbitt in the six-episode British show, created by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.) Evans is currently attached to Lionsgate’s film version of the series, and will presumably also play Jackman’s sexier, more dangerous Hyde persona if the movie moves forward.

Lionsgate’s Jekyll shouldn’t be confused with another adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel that’s currently in the works. Universal is reportedly prepping a Jekyll film of its own as part of
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Chris Evans Circling Lead Role In Lionsgate’s ‘Jekyll’

Chris Evans Circling Lead Role In Lionsgate’s ‘Jekyll’
Exclusive: Chris Evans might be diversifying from his Captain America good-guy persona. Evans has come attached to play the lead role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, the feature that Lionsgate is developing from the 2007 BBC One series. Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing through their A Very Good Production banner, and scribe team Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry have written a script based on the Steven Moffat-scripted six-episode miniseries. Bagarozzi & Mondry…
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