dark universe

Universal’s Dark Universe feels like gamble. What if audiences don’t embrace The Mummy? What if their burgeoning cinematic universe built around classic monsters like Frankenstein and the Invisible Man dies on the vine? We’ll see which direction the wind blows in the weeks ahead, but with a Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein waiting in the wings and more movies in the works, Universal seems to be counting on this thing working out.

However, the most interesting thing to note from a new article about the creation of Dark Universe is that not every film will be a giant tentpole release. In fact, a producer who specializes in low-budget horror wants to take a stab at one of the movies.

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dark universe

Universal Studios is going all-in on their new cinematic universe connecting all of their classic monsters. While The Mummy is set to kick things off next month, the studio has revealed that this franchise will be collected under a single banner called Dark Universe, which will have its own logo that will appear before each movie, complete with a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman. As you can see from the image above, the logo is a shadowy version of the traditional Universal logo. You can see the whole thing in action, and hear Elfman’s bombastic fanfare, below.

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The Mummy trailer 3

Universal has just released a third full-length trailer for The Mummy, the Tom Cruise vehicle that the studio intends to use as a jumping-off point for its new cinematic universe of classic monsters.

This new look at the film rounds out a few more pieces of information about Cruise’s character – including the idea that our protagonist must embrace his inner monster if he ever wants to defeat Sofia Boutella’s ancient creature. Come for the classic “Tom Cruise running” shots, stay for the new spin on old mythology. Take a look at the new The Mummy trailer below.
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bill condon eyes bride of frankenstein

Bill Condon, whose Beauty and the Beast remake has become a box office monster with a $1 billion-plus haul worldwide, is reportedly looking to direct the remake of Bride of Frankenstein as part of the new Universal Monsters movie universe.

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universal monsters universe

Cinematic universes are all the rage right now.

Which is why it was met with little surprise — but much chagrin — when Universal Studios announced their plans to create a movie franchise out of classic monster movie reboots. Another cinematic universe? Haven’t we had enough interconnected franchises, with Marvel and DC at each other’s throats over superhero sequels, Warner Bros creating their own MonsterVerse with Godzilla and King Kong, and whatever the heck is going on with that Man in Black/21 Jump Street crossover?

But producer Chris Morgan, one of the minds behind the whole Universal Monsters operation, assures audiences that Universal’s movie universe will be as different from the MCU and DCEU as possible.

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van helsing reboot

My good deed for the day is using an image of Peter Cushing instead of Hugh Jackman at the top of a news article concerning the in-the-works Van Helsing reboot. You’re welcome.

Today’s volley of Universal Monsters news comes from screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who is penning the next big screen outing of the infamous monster hunter alongside Eric Heisserer. Like next summer’s The Mummy, which Spaihts also wrote, the new Van Helsing will be set in a shared cinematic universe where the Wolf Man can brush shoulders with Dracula and the Mummy can meet Frankenstein. But until we actually see The Mummy, it’s not clear what these movies will actually feel like and whether or not they’ll be worthy successors to the original classics.

But Spaihts does say this much: don’t expect the new Van Helsing to be much like previous versions.

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the wolf man writer

Universal must be feeling pretty good about the upcoming remake of The Mummy that’s arriving next year because they keep on adding more names to their ever-expanding monsters universe. The latest person to have their name thrown into the ring is screenwriter David Callaham, who has been tasked with resurrecting The Wolf Man.

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javier bardem frankenstein

UPDATE: The chief question I proposed below has been answered by Variety’s Justin Kroll on Twitter:

The original article continues below.

If there was any doubt about whether or not Universal was viewing their new monsters cinematic universe as something that should be taken very seriously, just look at the talent they’ve been assembling: Tom Cruise will battle the title creature in The Mummy, Russell Crowe is playing a new version of Dr. Jekyll, Johnny Depp is on board to portray the Invisible Man, and Dwayne Johnson is rumored to be the top choice for the Wolf Man. Okay, so that last one is a little weird, but at least everyone loves The Rock.

And now, we can add another name to the mix: the great Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein.

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the mummy synopsis

I tend to sound like a broken record whenever I write about Universal‘s new slate of films that will unite all of their classic monster characters under one shared universe. I love the Universal monsters and think they are among the greatest figures in the history of cinema, but I remain unconvinced that a Marvel-style franchise is the best way to bring them back. Even with many talented folks working on these projects behind the scenes, it can’t help but smell…well, a little sweaty and a little desperate. But I will give anything to be wrong and for these new movies to be good.

And with that out of the way, it’s time to focus on the business at hand: the new synopsis for director Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming take on The Mummy, which stars Sofia Boutella as a new take on this iconic monster and Tom Cruise as her human nemesis.

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Universal Monsters Movie Dated for 2019

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Universal’s upcoming slate just got a little bit spookier. The studio has locked down a 2019 release date for the third installment of its nascent Universal Monsters franchise, which kicks off in 2017 with a reboot of The Mummy and continues in 2018 with an as-yet-untitled film. In addition, they’ve also set aside a spring 2018 date for an unrelated R-rated comedy.  Read More »