'Hunchback', Phantom of the Opera to join Universal's 'Dark Universe'

Danny Woods
June 10, 2017

They are joined by Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar victor Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

"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, and Invisible Man". It's really good. If you look at the original Bride, it's one of the weirdest movies ever made. In addition, the studio has confirmed that Oscar victor Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) will direct the next Dark Universe movie, Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp. 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. "It's truly a odd movie, and the Bride doesn't appear until the end of the film, and she's been built to be Frankenstein's mate and takes one look at him and rejects him immediately", he recalled. "And I love that and I think Bill is going to do something awesome with that". The reason why, Kurtzman believes, the Bride has remained relevant 80 years after it was released is because of her defiance.

Dracula Untold (2014), another attempt at giving depth and humanity to a monster, also flopped, as did The Wolfman (2010) with Benecio del Toro in the title role. At the same time, while she may not have been the real focus of her own movie, everyone remembers what she looks like and who she was, especially with the hair that really became an iconic symbol of the character. Likely, this will figure into the remake to be helmed by Condon.

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Be sure to come back for our full interview with Kurtzman. It opens on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

But only audiences will determine whether The Invisible Man will be any competition for Iron Man at the box office. In the USA, it is expected to open with just $35-$42 million. This is a character who has truly withstood the test of time and endured, even with very little attention in her own movie, because the reality is that the Bride of Frankenstein is mysterious and her goal in being created was to serve another man.

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