Universal adds Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and more to their Dark Universe

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Universal Pictures The Mummy hasn’t even hit theaters yet but the monster focused film shared universe it will be kicking off is continuing to expand.

Last month the universe was officially named Dark Universe and it was revealed that The Bride of Frankenstein in 2019 will be the second monster film after The Mummy and that Javier Bardem & Johnny Depp will be playing Frankenstein’s Monster & the Invisible Man respectively. Now The Mummy director/producer Alex Kurtzman, also one of the core creative minds behind the universe, has revealed more of the film slate to Fandom. 

“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, [and] Invisible Man,” Kurtzman said.

This is the first official word that Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Creature of the Black Lagoon are getting official Universal reboots in this new universe. While it was suspected that they would have their own films this also confirms that Frankenstein’s monster, Invisible Man and Dracula are getting their own films again.

Each of these monster films are ones that Universal brought to the screen in the 1920’s through 1950’s and beyond, including various sequels and spinoffs, in what was really one of the original shared universes long before the current growing trend.

It is interesting to note that The Bride of Frankenstein will apparently be arriving well before Frankenstein in this universe, with the Bardem solo film maybe serving as a later done prequel. With the universe still some what in its infancy stage there is still lots of room for these plans to evolve or change over time, much like has happened with Marvel and DC universes lately.

Kurtzman also revealed that there are plans to potentially expand even beyond just those films listed above.

“There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off,” he said. “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.”

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That connection between the monsters has previously been stated to be Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll, who appears in The Mummy, and his mystery monster hunting organization Prodigium. How Sofia Boutella’s Mummy and Tom Cruise’s character Nick Morton might figure into future films is unclear at the moment, as it seems unlikely that they would bring the two into the universe only to end them with one film.

With the universe already having Cruise, Boutella, Bardem, Crowe and Depp they already have a lot of star power in their ranks but Kurtzman has some more actors he would like added to their universe.

“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…” he said.

The Mummy opens on June 09.


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