Universal’s interconnected universe of classic movie monsters appears to have gone to a halt. The aptly dubbed Dark Universe has seen the release ofThe Mummy, the postponed production of The Bride of Frankenstein, the exit of head producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, and now the loss of Invisible Man writer, Ed Solomon.
The film, set to star Johnny Depp as the titular character, was announced back in 2016 with Solomon attached to write an updated version of the classic horror story. This along with The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon were intended to help flesh out the cinematic universe that launched with The Mummy in 2017.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Ed Solomon had this to say about his departure, and the state of the Dark Universe:
“At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be. We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting.
I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and, ‘What is our real intention with it?’, and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good.
So I’m not working on it.”
As of now, the fate of the Dark Universe seems uncertain. Even with big name actors like Depp and Javier Bardem attached to star as these classic monsters, Universal might need to go back to the drawing board on this one.
Source: Digital Spy
‘The Mummy’ Briefcase Reveals Dr. Jekyll’s Notes & Research
This summer, Universal Pictures will release The Mummy, a reboot of original 1932 horror film that will kick off a new shared world of classic movie monsters officially known as The Dark Universe. One of the characters who will appear in The Mummy is Dr. Jekyll, played by Russell Crowe, a scientist who is set to appear in future installments of the new cinematic universe. Now, Comingsoon.net has shared images of a metal briefcase containing notes and photographs from the famous doctor that may offer clues as to what will unfold in the Dark Universe.
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Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe.
The Mummy will be released in theaters on June 9, 2017.