What Happens to the Dark Universe Beyond 2018?March 30, 2018
Universal has some of the most iconic monsters of movie history tucked away in its warehouses. The term “Universal Monsters” describes all its monster movies released between the 1920s and the 1960s, a vast collection of horror franchises that are perfect for remakes and revivals. Universal Studios has made it clear that it planned to revive quite a few of them in the coming years – the first movie, The Mummy, hit the theaters earlier this year. It failed to win over critics and viewers alike – the movie that would’ve been the first of a whole series of classic monster movies had completely dismal domestic box office revenues in the US ($80 million against a budget of approximately $125 million).
The problem is, Universal had high hopes for its Dark Universe. Before the release of The Mummy, Universal has revealed a timeline for its monster movie remakes, starting with Bride of Frankenstein to hit theaters in February 2019, followed by The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, a potential sequel to Dracula Untold and Van Helsing, and even reviving classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the process. At this point, it seems that the Dark Universe movies might be stuck in development hell for the time being. But fear not: if you love Webber’s eclectic work, you can take your gaming to the next level with The Phantom of the Opera™ online slot. For the time being, at least.
In November 2017, two of the most important names behind the Dark Universe – Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan – have announced that they are leaving for other projects. And this might just mean that the Dark Universe is dead and buried – for the time being, at least.
Alex Kurtzman was the producer behind upcoming Universal takes on The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, and the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein movie (originally set to be released on Valentine’s Day in 2019). In November, he announced his intention to move on to a TV project. Chris Morgan, also set to produce the above-mentioned movies, has returned to the Fast and Furious franchise instead of sticking around for any Dark Universe movies.
So, the future of the Dark Universe is now in jeopardy. While Universal has announced that after Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan left, they were exploring the possibility to offer the franchise to “high-profile filmmakers or producers” for potential future projects. But the whole Dark Universe might return to the warehouse where it has been for the last decades and not see the light of day for years to come. And if Universal imagines its future as the watered-down, mildly exciting action flick The Mummy was, it may be for the better.