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.
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As far as we know, the new Universal Monsters movies are in shambles. The Mummy crashed and burned, all others have been delayed, and the future of the franchise has never been more in doubt. Thankfully, we'll always have the originals, and those films have been captured like never before in this new art show.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
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?
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 new Mummy movie does not sound, uh, particularly great. If you have your heart set on seeing a mummy movie, and assuming you don't want to go all the way back to the black-and-white movies of the '30s and '40s, I have a recommendation: Why not watch the 1999 movie instead?
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.
Fantastic Beasts 2 is looking for some younger versions of its cast of characters. Legends of Tomorrow recruits a mystical new heroine. The brains behind Stranger Things discuss the role of the monsters in season two. Plus extensive new looks at The Mummy and Transformers: The Last Knight. Behold, spoilers!
Patty Jenkins teases some details about Wonder Woman 2. Dan Harmon discusses Rick and Morty's return. The Rock has a few more peeks at the Rampage movie. Plus, new footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes, and the Ice Warriors return in new Doctor Who pictures. Spoilers now!
Another New Mutant has been cast. Neill Blomkamp says he wants to make a District 9 sequel. Doctor Who spinoff Class faces a pretty dire future. Plus, a ton of new footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Transformers: The Last Knight and The Mummy, and new TV spots for The Dark Tower. To me, my spoilers!
Karen Gillan suddenly has no idea which Avengers movie she's in. Director Doug Liman teases the Edge of Tomorrow sequel. Arrow will have at least one more flashback next season. Plus, a Wonder Woman icon may appear in the sequel, there's a ton of new behind-the-scenes footage from The Mummy, and a new clip from next week's Doctor Who. Time for spoilers!
A Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 villain will definitely return for the third movie. Doug Liman discusses why he left Gambit for Justice League Dark. Plus, Mike Colter on the villains of The Defenders, rumours on the future of two Once Upon a Time stars, and creepy new pictures from Doctor Who. Behold, spoilers!