Universal Pictures unveils plans for a huge monster franchise that will start with this summer’s The Mummy
As you may be aware, Universal Pictures has been advertising one of its hopeful summer blockbusters, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.
However, the more eagle-eyed viewers amongst you may have noticed the appearance of Dr. Henry Jekyll played by Russell Crowe in the recent trailers. This was not just a joke cameo appearance, this is the beginning of Universals larger plan entitled, The Dark Universe.
The team behind The Dark Universe, include The Mummy‘s producer and director Alex Kurtzman along with writer/producer Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious 5-8), director Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).
Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures said,
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it.”
This film series has a new logo with its own theme composed by Danny Elfman who is most famous for creating the music for Tim Burton’s films. You can see and hear this composition in the new trailer below.
So what is The Dark Universe?
This is essentially a reboot of all of Universal’s classic monster movies which started in the 1930’s, films that have been remade many times over the years.
These include Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
So how does The Dark Universe connect together? This is all down to the character of Dr. Jekyll. As taken from the press release,
At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.
As already stated, the first film from The Dark Universe is this year’s The Mummy. This will be followed by The Bride of Frankenstein in February of 2019 and will be directed by Bill Condon who successfully bought The Beauty and the Beast into a live-action form recently for Disney.
Whilst the bride herself has been cast, Universal are not releasing any details at this time.
Looking even further afield, Universal Pictures also confirmed the casting of Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster. No further details were offered on these future films.
So Disney has its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Warner Brothers have its Justice League and now Universal Pictures has The Dark Universe.
More information in time will be posted to darkuniverse.com.
(L to R) Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster, Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy