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Universal Studio's Dark Universe has suffered another major setback. Men in Black writer Ed Solomon has revealed he's no longer writing Invisible Man, the monster flick set to star Johnny Depp. It's unclear whether he was fired or quit, but what is clear is that Universal has a long way to go to fix the mess it's gotten itself into.
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?
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.
Thirty years ago today, the Universal Monster Avengers hit the big screen. Of course, they weren't called that, but still, it was a massive team-up that the movie world had never seen before. In the world of cinematic universes we now live in, it's impossible to ignore the forward thinking of director Fred Dekker's cult favourite film, The Monster Squad.
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.
The negative reaction to The Mummy as the kicking-off point for Universal's Dark Universe movies is apparently causing a bit of a rethink about the future of the monster franchise at the studio. Part of that rethink? Getting Channing Tatum to play the next cinematic incarnation of fiction's most famous monster hunter, Abraham Van Helsing.
Tom Cruise's new film, The Mummy, is essentially a monster movie Iron Man; it's first film in Universal's new cinematic universe of monsters, which will include Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other horrors from the studio's rich, historic past. Here's the breakdown of everything The Mummy can tell us about the Dark Universe to come.
The Mummy is the first movie in the "Dark Universe," a planned series of films that will intertwine the ghoulish tales of the classic Universal Monsters. But it contains zero scares and is devoid of any sense of fun. What it does have is whole lot of Tom Cruise, and a Mummy whose motivation feels very, very problematic.
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.
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