BY TONY RIZZO
HOLLYWOOD -- Universal Studios gained success in 1931 with gothic horror films "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "The Werewolf of London," and in 1933, "The Invisible Man." It's successfully regenerated these titles, with remakes starring Tom Cruise in "The Mummy" ($410 million gross) and "The Invisible Man," starring Elisabeth Moss ($126 million gross); a sequel is coming.
Despite the failure of the 2010 remake of "The Wolfman," starring Oscar-winners Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro ($150 million cost/$143 million gross), they're going to remake it, this time with Ryan Gosling in the title role.
Gosling's last film was "First Man" ($70 million cost/$105 million gross). In 2014 Gosling wrote, co-produced and directed the horror film "Lost River," which failed at the box office (only $615,500 gross) but was a vehicle to star the mother of his two daughters, Eva Mendes.
Universal is planning to remake, "The Bride of Frankenstein" (it's in talks with Angelina Jolie to play Frank's wife), "Dracula" and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954 in black & white and 3D), which had two sequels, "Revenge of the Creature" (1955 in B&W and 3D), which featured an unknown actor named Clint Eastwood, and "The Creature Walks Among Us" (1956, in B&W, no 3D).
Alec Baldwin has completed shooting "Rust," based on a story by Baldwin and screenwriter Joel Souza, in which he plays an infamous Western outlaw trying to save his grandson from being hanged for an accidental murder. Baldwin also is awaiting the release date for "Chick Fight," with Bella Thorn.
Chris Pratt's film "Cowboy Ninja Viking," co-starring Priyanka Chopra and based on a comic book (written by the screenwriters of "Zombieland"), has been pulled from production. Originally being produced by Disney, it was picked up by Universal after the mouse house dropped it. Pratt's sci/fi thriller "The Tomorrow War," co-starring J.K. Simmons, has been rescheduled for July 2021.
Ben Pratt took Broadway by storm as the title star of "Dear Evan Hansen (2015), winning a Tony, a Grammy (for the cast album) and an Emmy (for performing on "The Today Show"). Ben starred at age 9 on Broadway in the role Ron Howard played in the film "The Music Man." He was in "Pitch Perfect" and "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ricki & The Flash," with Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield, and was renewed for a second season of the Netflix series "The Politician." His performance film, "Ben Pratt: Live at Radio City Music Hall," was filmed in September and released May 20 by Netflix. Now that Universal is making the film "Dear Evan Hansen," is Ben Pratt, at age 26, too old to play a teenager? MAKE-UP!