Universal Studios has trotted out their catalog of classic monsters in a few film outings (the shitty The Wolfman of 2010 and the shitty Dracula Untold) and several haunted houses in their annual Halloween Horror Nights. Other than that, they’ve been relics of a simpler time in film and fear. Now, beginning with Tom Cruise in The Mummy June 9th, Universal is ready to reboot all of their monster movies in what they are calling Dark Universe. Let’s hope they don’t forget why their iconic monsters frightened us all in the first place.
In keeping with their kickoff of the Dark Universe being held in the superstar hands of Cruise, Universal has already made deals for some of their new monsters. Johnny Depp, professional garbage monster, will star in the reboot of The Invisible Man. At least no one will have to see his smug face in that one.
Russell Crowe appears in this summer’s The Mummy, but you may recognize his character’s name: Dr. Henry Jekyll. Jekyll is the head of the company that ties all of the rebooted monster movies together: Prodigium.
Javier Bardem is set to play Frankenstein’s monster in the next Dark Universe movie, which will be the David Koepp penned Bride of Frankenstein. There is not yet a bride for Bardem, but the movie is set for release in 2019 and will be directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast). They have time.
In addition to Koepp, the main creative drivers in this endeavor are director Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy), writer Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious franchise), and writer-director Christoper McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow). Let’s hope they don’t shit the bed. We need some these classic monsters to have their second time under the blood red moon.