Universal adding two more monster movies to Dark Universe slate


Universal Pictures will be adding at least two more monster movies to its Dark Universe film series.
Alex Kurtzman, the director of Universal’s upcoming The Mummy, has shared that the studio is plotting further reboots of classic movies.

Speaking with editors at the Fandom website, Kurtzman listed the upcoming Dark Universe movies, and there were a couple of surprise additions to the roster from the previously announced projects, including remakes of Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he shared.

The new The Mummy flick is a reboot of the 1999 action-adventure film, and follows an ancient princess who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert. The movie features an ensemble cast, with Sofia Boutella as The Mummy, Tom Cruise as adventurer Nick Morton, and Russell Crowe portraying Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Accordingly, Kurtzman sees many possibilities for future character crossovers within the franchise.
“There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off,” he explained. “I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”

It was previously announced that Johnny Depp has signed on to play The Invisible Man, while Javier Bardem will portray Frankenstein’s Monster. Oscar winner Bill Condon will direct the Bride of Frankenstein, which will hit cinemas in February, 2019.

The Mummy is set to hit theaters from Friday (09Jun17).

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