In an effort to capitalize on all the intellectual property sitting in the vault, Universal is rebooting all its classic monsters into a shared universe. Now we have some actual intel on how it’s going to work.
Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) has been tasked with leading the creative team behind the Monsters initiative, and chatted with Collider at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour while promoting his new CBS sci-fi series Limitless. First up, Kurtzman walked back some comments made last year by Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley, who said the films would fall more into the “action-adventure genre,” instead of horror.
Well, that’s not the case, according to Kurtzman. The producer said there are horror elements included in all the properties, which is encouraging, considering these are technically horror franchises we’re talking about. Kurtzman also touched on the writers’ room approach they’re taking to build the world for all these disparate movies:
“Yeah, I think it’s a fair response and it’s actually not — I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies…We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.
Coming out of television and having come out of writers rooms, the thing that I got out of it, and that I learned so much from the experience of being in the writers room, is that there’s always sort of one or two singular voices to the show, but it’s great when you have a group of writers who are talented in their own right coming together to build a world. We very carefully selected writers who — each of them have their own incredible careers. All of them we admire hugely. Chris Morgan is my partner in this and we all picked people that we’ve worked with before, people that we really liked, people whose work we admired, people that we didn’t know, and really thought long and hard about which writers felt right for each monster. So our goal is to have each movie retain the identity and the individuality of the specific monster, but you’ll see how they start to fit into a larger universe as the movies unravel.”
What’s your take on Kurtzman’s comments? Are you looking forward to the Monsters universe?