Universal plans monster mashup in “Dark Universe”
The Universal monsters are getting their redo in grand fashion — and with A-list actors — courtesy of the Dark Universe.
The shared world reviving legendary creatures from early Hollywood horror films — like the monster version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — now has an official name, which Universal Pictures announced Monday. Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe, The Mummy (in theaters June 9) kicks off the Dark Universe, and Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem have boarded the franchise as the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively (who will appear in future projects).
“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,” Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement.
In addition, Oscar-winning composer Danny Elfman is creating an original theme to accompany the Dark Universe logo that will open each film, and the series will continue next with Bride of Frankenstein, slated for release Feb. 14, 2019. No actress has been cast in the lead role yet but Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is signed on to direct a screenplay by David Koepp.
“The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to (James) Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made,“ Condon said.
The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman is on tap to oversee the Dark Universe alongside Koepp, producer Chris Morgan and filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible).
The franchise will revolve around Prodigium, a mysterious international organization led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Crowe) with the aim of protecting the public from the knowledge of monsters in our world and committed to tracking, studying and (if needed) destroying them.
The Mummy will introduce Jekyll and Prodigium, plus Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Boutella as the cursed title character.
Source: USA Today