Universal Pictures planned rebooted classic monster shared universe, known as the Dark Universe, hit a bump in the road earlier this summer when The Mummy, the first film in the universe, didn’t do anywhere near what was predicted at the box office. The film was also not a hit with a lot of critics and general audiences alike .
Now the shared universe might have hit another bump.
Speaking with IGN at the Television Critics Association press tour, The Mummy director and Dark Universe core creative voice Alex Kurtzman has cast some doubt about his future in the endeavor. When asked about his future involvement he said he wasn’t sure.
“You know the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Kurtzman said. “I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer.”
Before The Mummy came out it was announced by Universal that Kurtzman and Fate of the Furious writer Chris Morgan were working together as the core creative voices on the new universe. The universe’s second entry is slated to be the Bill Condon directed Bride of Frankenstein in 2019 followed by entries for The Invisible Man, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon and others.
As with changes that have come in other shared universes over the years, with creators or guiding hands coming and going, this doesn’t mean that the Dark Universe is in danger. The decision for Kurtzman could really fully come down to him being unsure if he wants to continue after the reception that The Mummy received.
Another option could be that Universal wants to go another direction at this important junction, to make sure that the rest of the future films do better.
In the end it will be a wait and see type situation and fans should not jump to conclusions. Though it is the internet, so that ship has probably already sailed.
Bride of Frankenstein is set to arrive on February 14, 2019.