'The Mummy' Director Talks Other Dark Universe Movies Being Planned

Danny Woods
June 8, 2017

The first film under the "Dark Universe" umbrella is The Mummy, which hits theaters on Friday, June 9.

The Mummy Dark Universe Stories, from Night School Studio - makers of the award-winning Oxenfree as well as the critically acclaimed Mr. Robot mobile game - is an episodic, supernatural adventure game for iOS and Android mobile devices that picks up right where the movie leaves off. Players will take on the role of Nick Morton, the protagonist of The Mummy, and choose from multiple narrative options in an immersive tale, filled with dynamic comic-style illustrations. Stay tuned for more Dark Universe news as it comes. Remember Dracula Untold? The 2014 film underwent a few reshoots in an effort to better fit in with Universal's burgeoning plans for a shared universe, but when the film failed to garner much critical success (despite a decent, but not great, box office haul), Universal quietly ignored those associations and positioned The Mummy as the first film in the Dark Universe. One of the projects being developed for the new cinematic universe is a reboot of Bride of Frankenstein with Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon helming the film from a script by David Koepp. The classic monster movie characters are all being brought together in this newly dubbed Monsterverse.

"On which characters are involved: 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..."

"There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off", he explained.

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Look for The Bride of Frankenstein February 14, 2019.

Jolie has been mentioned as a favorite to play as Frankenstein's bride but negotiations have not been started.

So far, Javier Bardem has already been cast as Dr Victor Frankenstein, and Johnny Depp has signed up to star as the titular Invisible Man, but no other casting announcements for further movies in the monsterverse have yet been announced.

Not all people are thrilled about having The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame included in the world of monster movies. Both of these movies are truly period pieces that makes sense in the time frame for which they were set and neither character is a monster, instead they are people who were treated horribly for their personal disfigurements.

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