For years I’ve heard it said that Universal has been trying to figure out how to relaunch their lineup of classic monsters. With the horror genre picking up steam again, it seems as if Universal has been sitting on a veritable gold mine with franchises like “Frankenstein”, “Dracula”, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “The Wolfman”, and “The Mummy.” Now it looks like they may be organizing a grand scheme.
Deadline has learned that Universal has tapped Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek”) and Chris Morgan (“Fast and the Furious” films) to spearhead an initiative that would revitalize their classic monsters. The plan, as Deadline puts it, is to “expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories.” To create a connected universe that sounds similar to what Disney and Marvel are doing with their superheroes.
Does that mean we’ll get a giant “Avengers”-style film with all the monsters teaming-up? I don’t think so. I think they’re just trying to create a universe that feels cohesive in the same that the old Universal monster films felt like they were. We may get a crossover out of this, but I think Universal is more interested in pooling resources to ensure that each film is a productive cog in their horror machine.
Deadline goes on to say that the next “Mummy” film will be the first monster movie to be a part of this interconnected universe and that meetings are underway to plan out future monster movies. Kurtzman and Morgan are currently planning out this shared universe, but its not known if they will be writing the scripts. They’re also seeking out talent to come and direct the individual films.
“The Mummy” reboot is expected to hit theaters on April 22, 2016.