Hunchback and Phantom of the Opera become part of Universal's Dark Universe

08 Juin, 2017, 18:42 | Author: Lucrece Courtet

While many associate the term "shared cinematic universe" with the super-hero studios, throughout the 1920s to the 1950s, Universal Studios created what was known as "Universal Monsters" or "Universal Horror". It remains to be seen if Tom Cruise fighting the Egyptian undead will pack theaters this weekend, but director Alex Kurtzman, one of the franchise's stewards, is already doing his part to make sure everyone knows that there is more on the way - he's talking up the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein. Warner Bros and DC's Extended Universe is already off to an established if somewhat rocky start with last weekend's Wonder Woman set to bring the DCEU back on track, Lucasfilm enjoyed great success last Christmas with its first non-episodic Star Wars movie Rogue One, and Sony Pictures forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to finally begin the studios long-planned Spider-Man Shared Universe which will also see celebrated British actor Tom Hardy play Venom in a stand-alone movie now in development. Spin-off films may also be in the future.

Universal's Dark Universe looks like it's about to stumble out of the gate with The Mummy. For those of us who grew up watching the great black-and-white Universal Studios monster movies on Creature Feature and Svengoolie, this news is cause for both celebration and trepidation.

"We know we're going to do 'Frankenstein, ' 'Bride of Frankenstein, ' 'Dracula, ' 'Creature from the Black Lagoon, ' 'Phantom of the Opera, ' 'Hunchback of Notre Dame, ' 'Invisible Man, '" Kurtzman told Fandom. Pulling the two characters into the Dark Universe shows that it's going back to its horror roots, even though modern audiences are more likely familiar with the two characters from theatrical musicals or Disney films. It will be really interesting to see where we go because I actually think that Bride is maybe a lot more accessible as a character than you may think.

Universal already has some big names aboard its projects.

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The studio announced a huge variety of remakes of classic films including The Invisible Man (with Johnny Depp), Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) and Frankenstein's Monster (Javier Bardem).

The new reboot feels like the fun has been replaced with dark action set pieces, both in tone and actual lighting, which leads it to feel similar to just about every other dark action movie on the market today.

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