Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Universal's monster universe is reportedly in grave danger

Universal's monster universe is reportedly in grave danger

Starring Tom Cruise, the Mummy reboot was meant to serve as the cornerstone for the long-discussed Dark Universe, which would expand in 2019 with Bride of Frankenstein, written and directed by Bill Condon (Angelina Jolie was frequently mentioned for the title role, but she's apparently not attached).

There were even casting announcements with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem attached to join Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe - who would be reprising their roles from "The Mummy" - as well as Angelina Jolie being heavily rumoured to star in Universal's next monster film, "Bride of Frankenstein".

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Movie studio Universal are reportedly on the verge of dropping the idea of a Dark Universe.

Perhaps the funniest part of last summer's reboot of The Mummy is before the film even begins: The planet-shaped Universal logo continues turning longer than it should to eclipse itself into a brand-new Dark Universe logo. Since the film's release early this year, pre-production on "Bride of Frankenstein" has halted, with its February 2019 release date being shelved. Released in June, the Tom Cruise picture grossed a relatively paltry $409 million worldwide on a budget of $125 million-plus (some insiders place it considerably higher). In fact, the trend of building out cinematic universes might be dying out with it. Kurtzman is executive producing the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, while Morgan is scripting the much-talked-about Fast and Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

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"We've learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision", Universal's president of production Peter Cramer told The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the news. "We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves".

Is there hope for the Dark Universe? "You know the truth is, I don't know", he said at the time.

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