Universal was well into its own shared universe decades before Marvel made the leap from comic books to the big screen. And now, with the release of The Mummy and the soon-to-go-into-production remake of Bride Of Frankenstein, the studio is looking to reclaim its throne.
The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, is the first installment of the “Dark Universe,” which was begun by that film’s director, Alex Kurtzman, as well as producer/writer Chris Morgan, who has written six films of the Fast & Furious franchise; writer/director Christopher McQuarrie of Mission Impossible and The Usual Suspects, and David Koepp, writer of, among many others, War Of The Worlds and Jurassic Park.
Donna Langley, Universal’s chairman, comments, “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.”
Added Kurtzman and Morgan in a statement, “When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures. The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”
FHM’s guide to what’s planned and what’s on the horizon follows.
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