the mummy

As you see in the trailer for The Mummy, this adventure takes place on a world-at-stakes scale of massive proportions. And Kurtzman assures us that not all of the Universal Monster films will operate on this scale.

I think it is one of the most essential questions in terms of like, if you’re looking to build a universe, do you say everything is going to be this size or not? I think for me, as an audience member, I start to get inured to “Oh my god, the world is ending again, and now cities are being blown up.” It’s a tricky thing. You can only do that, I think, to a degree. Once you start doing it over and over and over again it loses its meaning and its power and its potency. I think some of the monster movies will require us to go really, really big. I just think, when you start to think about what do you really want from that movie… Okay, well, Creature from the Black Lagoon. I want that to be in the jungle. Okay, we’re in the Amazon. Where do you want to shoot that, on the backlot or in the Amazon? No, we have to actually go there. Okay, if we go there what’s THAT going to…? Well, now you’re talking about a big movie. You know what I mean? And there’s underwater and there’s all the things that you would look for, for something like Creature.

So like the Marvel films, some movies will have world-changing consequences while others (like Ant-Man) might take place in a smaller corner of this world. Again, my Marvel comparison, not his. But it seems apt. Like Marvel, they are letting the character determine how big the story wants to be:

The story starts to tell you what it wants to be and how big it wants to be. The beauty of monster movies is that because they’re psychologically complicated, there are certain monsters that are better served by being really intimate and really small, and so I think the goal would be to make room for… they don’t all have to be this size, but it’s certainly good to start that way because I think that’s how we reach as many people as we can. I’d love to think we can do smaller movies too. I would.

chucky

Another journalist at the presentation I attended wondered if the pantheon of Universal Monsters could expand to include some of Universal’s more modern horror characters and creatures, like Tremors or Chucky, or if the Universal Monsters movie universe would just stick to the classics.

We’re talking about the classics right now. I would say that if you want to define our mission statement, it’s to bring a very modern approach to the classic Universal Monsters. It really will be limited – at least in our thinking right now – to the monsters that you’re talking about.

Universal Monsters Movie Universe

Kurtzman also clarified that Dracula Untold is not considered canon in this new Universal Monsters movie universe, which means we’ll see another re-do of the classic vampire on the screen in the coming years.

As for right now:

  • The Mummy will hit theaters on June 9th, 2017.
  • Ed Solomon wrote the screenplay for The Invisible Man which will star Johnny Depp and hit theaters on April 13th, 2018.
  • An untitled Frankenstein film is expected to hit theaters on February 15th, 2019 possibly starring Javier Bardem, written by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
  • Aaron Guzikowski and Curt Siodmak have been writing a re-imagining of The Wolf Man.
  • Eric Heisserer, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts have been developing a Van Helsing remake.
  • Dracula, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon are other properties that are being developed.

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