With Universal's The Mummy set to unspool on Friday, it's already time to set our sights on the next components of the studio's wide-sweeping web of interconnected horror reboots from its crowded stable of monster movies.
We already know about The Bride of Frankenstein being next at bat on February 14, 2019, with Beauty and the Beast's Bill Condon directing from a screenplay by Jurassic Park's David Koepp. Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem are expected to star. And Johnny Depp has officially inked a deal to headline The Invisible Man, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is rumored to transform himself into The Wolf Man.
Now Universal has announced the next round of reboots to be interwoven into the family fold, with plans to produce updated versions of Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
If you pay close attention to some of The Mummy trailers you can see what appears to be Dracula's skull in a jar inside Dr. Jekyll's Prodigium, and what seems to be a fin from the Creature From the Black Lagoon, so at least one of these titles was anticipated, but the other pair is a pleasant surprise.
Dark Universe creative chief Alex Kurtzman confirmed the news in an interview with Fandom during The Mummy's press tour:
““We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man. There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off,” he told the site. “I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting. I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…”
Phantom (1925) and Hunchback (1923) were two of the first horror movies Carl Laemmle ever produced for Universal, both starring "The Man of a Thousand Faces," the legendary Lon Chaney. They will join the previous mention films in this expanded lineup, all under the Dark Universe umbrella. Whether Universal's Dracula reboot or spin-off will be based on the 2014 Luke Evans film, Dracula Untold, is yet to be determined.
What do you think of these newest inclusions to the vast Dark Universe, and which movies would you like to see added in the future?
(Via Bloody Disgusting)