Universal Pictures’ reboot of its monster universe — kicking off with The Mummy next month — has been rebranded as the Dark Universe franchise.
To mark the momentous occasion, Universal has unleashed a new motion logo designed by the good folks at Weta Digital, with a theme by Danny Elfman (The Wolfman, Avengers: Age of Ultron). This new motion logo will play before each movie (a la Marvel) set in the Dark Universe, starting with The Mummy on June 9. (I invite you to check out our Mummy Mondays in anticipation of the movie.)
Deadline has also confirmed that the next film in the monster franchise will be Bride of Frankenstein, to be helmed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) for a Feb. 14, 2019, release. (Valentine’s Day, you guys! Awww, isn't that romantic?) David Koepp (Jurassic Park) will write the script. While Universal had originally planned to release a new Dark Universe title on April 13, 2018, this will no longer be the case. Here’s what Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley had to say in a statement:
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris (Morgan) and Alex (Kurtzman) will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”
The studio also released a group shot confirming Javier Bardem for Frankenstein’s monster. Assembled in the pic are Tom Cruise (The Mummy's Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll), Sofia Boutella (the Mummy) and Johnny Depp (the Invisible Man).