×

Universal outlines 100th anni plans

Studio restores 13 films, sets collector's DVD set, readies new logo

Marking its 100th anniversary this year, Universal Pictures has officially laid out plans for a yearlong celebration, including the restoration of 13 films and the unveiling of the studio’s new logo.

The studio and its home entertainment division will introduce a limited-edition 100th-anni collector’s series of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and Universal Parks and Resorts will host several events dedicated to the centennial.

Universal prexy-chief operating officer Ron Meyer told Variety that the sum total of anni activities has brought out the best ambitions of the studio’s teams. “I didn’t start with this company, but I do believe it is my family, and I’m glad I was able to see this celebration come together,” Meyer said. “So many people worked so hard on this too. I mean people would do their day-job and then put work into planning this, so I think a big part of this celebration is honoring those people who worked on it as well.”

The 13 films that were the subject of the restoration efforts are “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “The Birds,” “Buck Privates,” “Dracula” (1931), “Dracula” (in Spanish, 1931), “Frankenstein,” “Jaws,” “Schindler’s List,” “Out of Africa,” “Pillow Talk,” “Bride of Frankenstein” “The Sting” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Last month, the studio conducted a tour for the press of how the restoration process was being handled and explained that the 13 films were chosen for restoration because of their significance to the cinematic community, the size of the film, the pedigree of the filmmaker or how much the film needed restoration.

Meyer said preservation efforts are important to all the studios and that U’s restoration work on the 13 pics made sense as part of the anniversary year.

“I have four kids of my own and I don’t think any of them were alive when most of these films came out and I want them to be able to enjoy films like “Schindler’s List” and “Out of Africa” in their full figure,” he said.

As for the studio’s new logo, it will be attached first to the trailer of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which has its premiere in February and bows in theaters March 2. While the logo has gone through several iterations over the years, Meyer said this latest edition will have a very different look. It will also be accompanied by new music.

The studio’s centennial comes on the heels of one of its best years. Universal crossed the billion-dollar mark at the domestic B.O. in 2011 thanks to such films as “Fast Five,” “Hop” and “Bridesmaids.” The year also saw Meyer, chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chair Donna Langley receive extensions in their current positions.

For 2012, the studio has tentpoles “Battleship,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “The Bourne Legacy” on its slate.

More Film

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • Tarantino Movies Ranked Illustration

    All of Quentin Tarantino's Movies Ranked

    In the history of cinema, has any director done more to elevate the idea of movies as cool than Quentin Tarantino? Certainly, the idea that films could be made by fans dates back at least to the French New Wave, when a group of die-hard critics stepped behind the camera. A few years later, Spielberg, [...]

  • A Stranger on the Beach

    Anonymous Content Wins Film Rights to Michele Campbell's 'A Stranger on the Beach' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anonymous Content has won the adaptive rights to the forthcoming Michele Campbell novel “A Stranger on the Beach.” In a competitive situation, Anonymous outbid multiple players for the thriller, which it will adapt for the big screen with in-house producers Alex Goldstone and Rosalie Swedlin. “Stranger” has been likened to sensual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” [...]

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon and Affleck co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener. Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. Drew Vinton is also [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

  • Natalie Portman Thor Comic Con

    Comic-Con: Marvel 'Shock and Awe' Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

    Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego. Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the biggest volume of buzz for nine of the top 10 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content