Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson participated in a fairly comprehensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week in which he spoke about some of the sure things, possibilities and not-happenings down the road.
Here’s a summary :
“A sequel to Identity Thief is] absolutely a conversation that we’re having. We think we created great characters, so we’ll discuss how to re-pair Jason and Melissa going forward”.
”I don’t believe that [author EL James] had any interest in going to a studio where rushing it into production was the vision. I don’t believe that the second or third film would have benefited from that strategy. And I think that there are totally legitimate questions about what this book is as a movie. I will tell you that it is an absolute priority for us. It’s conceivable that we could be ready to release it as early as next summer.”
“The point of the last movie was to create a universe, a world and characters that give us a lot of freedom and flexibility in how we go forward. Yeah, the movie didn’t perform the way the last one did. It also didn’t cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter.”
“We’re actively developing the movie right now with Kristen’s character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity. I don’t think [director] Rupert [Sanders] is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity.”
“Universal monsters are probably the thing people most equate with our library. But monsters are not superheroes. Virtually every monster story is by definition a tragic story. We are developing another Mummy. We are looking at rebooting Van Helsing because I think the idea for the Van Helsing story was a great way of solving the question of, ‘How do you make a blockbuster out of monsters?”
Meanwhile, over on Screen Daily, International Universal Pictures president David Kosse said there’s the possibility of a “Mama” sequel.