Over the summer, we heard that writer/producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and writer/producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6, The Legend of Conan) had been tapped as "architects" to lead a revival of Universal Pictures' once-prominent lineup of classic monsters, which includes Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy and more. The effort to create a new monsterverse began, sort of, with this year's Dracula Untold, but it will get a more deliberate kickoff when a reboot of The Mummy arrives in 2016. We heard earlier this week that a Wolf Man flick probably isn't far behind, either, so it's quite clear the monster universe is gaining steam. Now we have a bigger picture of the creative minds who'll be behind it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has tapped Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) to script the next Wolf Man flick, but he's not the only writer the studio's hired. They've also brought on Noah Hawley, who created the much-acclaimed FX series Fargo, and Ed Solomon, a screenwriting veteran who's worked on Men in Black, Charlie's Angels and the clever 2013 magician heist flick Now You See Me. Hawley and Solomon don't have individual monster films to their names yet, but they're already fitting into the grand scheme through a kind of monster movie brain trust.
Apparently Universal's plan is for Hawley, Guzikowski, Solomon, Morgan and Kurtzman to act as a kind of "writers' collective" on the entire monster universe as it takes shape in the coming years. They will all have individual commitments, but they will also work as a "well-oiled television writers' room," helping out and lending advice to each other's projects in an effort to create "a model of serialized storytelling." The THR report also notes that, though we only know for sure about The Mummy and The Wolf Man at this point, more films starring Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Frankenstein's monster and the Invisible Man are all in the works.
So the monster movie universe is moving forward with a team of writers to guide it, and it's an interesting mix of creators. Sure, we can all scoff at Kurtzman for things like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but Hawley in particular is a very intriguing addition to this project. He already took one property (Fargo) that a lot of people thought couldn't work as a remake and made it great, so it's quite possible he could do it again. We won't see the full fruits of this collaborative effort for a while now, but it's quite clear that Universal is going all-in on a new version of its monster world.