Last year brought word that Universal were planning to bring all of their classic monsters together in one shared cinematic universe, similar to the MCU. The effort was to be spearheaded by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, but their working relationship has since ended. Now comes word, courtesy of Deadline, that Kurtzman is still going ahead with the plan and has brought in The Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan.
First up will be the reboot of The Mummy, which already has a release date of 22nd April, 2016 pencilled in. There’s also talk of a Van Helsing movie with Tom Cruise as the star. Other films in the series are all speculative at this stage, but Universal has the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon to call upon.
The classic Universal movies of yesteryear, mainly running from the 1920s to the 1950s, had a certain charm to them, a certain gothic charisma that drew viewers in. Indeed, some of the characters did actually crossover into other monsters’ territory, but it’ll be interesting to see if these latest batch of films will be up to the standard that was set back in the 1920s.
Expect more on this as it develops.