Universal's plans for a shared universe of monster movies are all but dead after the creative team tapped to build out the franchise left the project. The news wasn't exactly surprising when it first broke considering the reception to The Mummy, but it did beg the question: What might have happened if Guillermo del Toro, Universal's first pick to craft the Dark Universe, had said yes?
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Universal Studios had high hopes for its 2017 reboot of the Mummy franchise, with plans to use the movie as a launchpad for a sprawling, shared universe of monster movies starring characters such as the Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. According to a new report, though, those plans have been on hold.
On the heels of director Bill Condon's remarks that his upcoming Bride of Frankenstein movie would have "nothing to do with" Universal's Dark Universe comes word that the film will not begin shooting early next year as planned. Instead, the production is taking a time out to rework its script.
It was a bold move, announcing a full, connected, star-studded franchise before releasing a single movie. But that's what Universal did earlier this winter with the monster-centric Dark Universe. Then The Mummy came out. Now, it seems things may already be coming apart at the seams.
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Universal is desperate to create a franchise out of the classic "monsters" that ruled the studio from the 1920s to 1960. It's calling this thing "Dark Universe", and it's all kicking off with that ridiculous Tom Cruise-starring Mummy. Now we have word about more monster movies being planned, and they make no sense.
"Welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters." That's the tagline for The Mummy, the 2017 Tom Cruise movie which just released its first trailer, and the statement is true in more ways than one. If all goes according to plan, The Mummy will be the first film in a new shared cinematic world filled with Universal Monsters.