So as Disney obtained Marvel back in 2009 and in that same year Warner Bros. made a deal with DC Comics, we now have Universal Studios’ Dark Universe.
This Dark Universe will see those classic ‘Monsters’ brought to life again. I’m a massive fan of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy and many other of the classic horror films and novels however, have they been done to death?
We’ve seen these classics grace our screens in both film and television many times over the years so I’m curious to see what Universal is going to do different… Just to make you all aware they’re not counting the 2014 film Dracula’s Untold. The Mummy, will be the first film set in this universe and I will be seeing it and reviewing it very soon.
A cross over of these stories has only recently been done with Penny Dreadful, it started so promising yet, the ending in my opinion lacked sense. It didn’t tie up all of the loose ends sadly… Perhaps The Dark Universe will be better?
What we know so far…
- The Mummy will be the first in the series of films and it will also feature the character Dr Jekyll, portrayed by Russell Crowe.
- Dr Jekyll will be part of an organisation called ‘Prodigium’, their mission is too track, study and if necessary destroy evil ‘monsters’.
- The next film in the series will be ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, set for release around the 14th of February 2019.
- Johnny Depp is interested in playing the part of The Invisible Man
- Javier Bardem has been cast to play Frankenstein.
- There has been no mention of The Wolfman in any of the interviews or articles relating to The Dark Universe.
- Nowhere has it mentioned Hammer Studios, the origin of these classics, perhaps a deal has already been made?
Overall I’m looking forward too seeing what Universal and their Dark Universe has to offer us. As mentioned earlier, I’ll be seeing The Mummy very soon so look out for a review in the near future.