Universal Studios is injecting new life into it’s classic monster movies with the announcement of ‘Dark Universe.’
The Universe begins with the remake of ‘The Mummy’ starring Tom Cruise soon to be hitting our screens.
And they are expanding with big names joining the universe including Javier Bardem (Frankstein’s Monster), Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Russell Crowe (Dr Jekyll/Mr. Hyde)
The next installment looks to be a Valentines Day, 2019 Bride of Frankstein remake for which Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfieffer are alledging being courted for the female role.
But if there is any footage then Universal are playing it pretty close to the chest with the new trailer:
So what does this all mean?
Well, a part of me is half remembering a copyright seminar from university that said you have to use intellectual property every few years otherwise ideas can go into ‘fair use’
But these stories are so ingrained into our collective consciousness that a modern day remake could provide a fresh perspective and bring them to a new audience.
At the same time, announcing the universe shows that the studio is throwing money and publicity at a concept which seems to have failed more than a few times (Dracula Untold anyone?) It might have been smarter to have a shared universe as an unexpected easter egg ala Unbreakable/Split.
Can monsters survive in the twenty first century? Is the comic-book universe style cross promotion wise for classic horror movies?