Things are about to get dark for Universal Pictures rebooted monster films. The film studio has officially announced that their upcoming connected universe of monster films, which kicks off with next month’s The Mummy, will be titled Dark Universe.
In their press release, on the new Dark Universe website, the studio revealed a video that contains the animated logo for the universe that will air before The Mummy and subsequent films. It also contains a theme composed by Danny Elfman.
As part of the announcement it was revealed that the next film in the shared universe will be the Bill Condon directed Bride of Frankenstein which is set for a February 14, 2019 release date. Reportedly the actress for the film has been cast but is being kept a secret for the time being.
What isn’t secret is the other actors that the studio is adding to play some of their iconic monsters: Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-stars will be playing The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster respectively.
They are joining Sofia Boutella who is playing the new version of the mummy, Tom Cruise who is playing the fortune hunter Nick Morton and Russell Crowe who plays Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. While it’s unknown what roles Boutella and Cruise play going forward, Crowe’s Jekyll/Hyde is running the monster tracking program Prodigium which will be the connective tissue through the universe of films.
Alex Kurtzman, the director and producer of The Mummy, and Chris Morgan, producer of The Mummy and writer for Fates of the Furious, are the core creative minds behind the Dark Universe.
“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” Kurtzman and Morgan said. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have champions and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imagination of brand-new ones.”
Previously the date of April 13, 2018 was set aside for another film in this universe but that has been scrapped to allow Bride of Frankenstein to be the second film in the growing universe. There is no word on when the other films, like Depp’s Invisible Man, will appear.
“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,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex 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 Mummy kicks things off on June 09.