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Noah Hawley of FX’s ‘Fargo’ fame has recently departed from his writing duties on an upcoming Universal Monsters Universe film.

New York City native Noah Hawley is one of the busiest men in the industry.  He’s an accomplished writer and the creator and showrunner for FX’s hit series Fargo, with an impressive amount of projects lined up for the next few years.  While it was originally announced that Hawley would be writing an unspecified Universal Monsters Universe film back in September of 2014, in a recent interview with Joanna Robinson for Vanity Fair Noah Hawley revealed that he has parted ways with Universal in a “no harm, no foul” situation.

In the original Deadline article, it was stated “while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.”  Considering Noah Hawley’s impressive talent and unique vision, one that saw *SPOILER* aliens introduced during the second season of Fargo, it would have been interesting to see which Universal Monster he was going to write and redevelop for the upcoming universe of films.

Unfortunately, in Noah Hawley’s recent Vanity Fair interview, the 49 year old screenwriter, producer, author, and family man said:

“I wasn’t really able to write the movie for Universal in the time period that they were hoping for it, so we said no harm, no foul. There aren’t enough hours in the day, especially because I have young kids. I refuse to compromise the family time any more than I have to.”

While it’s disappointing to see Noah Hawley “not be able to write the movie for Universal”, considering the nature of these interconnected and decade spanning film series, there’s always the potential that Hawley may board another “monsters” project in the future.

In the time being, until said project is announced, creative architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan both are currently developing their brain trust for the Universal Monsters Universe.  As always, stay tuned to UMU for the latest news and be sure to check out The Mummy plot synopsis below.  That film has been scripted by Jon Spaihts of Prometheus and Doctor Strange.

“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts.  The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen.  The film opens June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

SOURCES: Vanity FairDeadline

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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