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Universal Goes All In With Their 'Dark Universe,' Slates 'Bride Of Frankenstein' For 2019


So much for Universal not emphasizing the “cinematic universe” thing…

Fresh off the presses, Universal/Comcast Corp. just dropped a massive press release with images, videos, website likes and a deluge of details, many of them admittedly aspirational and theoretical, concerning what is now known as their “Dark Universe.” That is the official name for the wave of big-budget classic monsters movies coming our way, beginning with Dracula Untold The Mummy.

Said Tom Cruise action-adventure, due June 9th, is intended to be the first in a connected batch of horror-themed biggies, and up until recently the general audiences marketing hasn’t been that upfront about highlighting said connection. Well, with 2.5 weeks to go and a desire to get some attention as we all obsess over Pirates 5 and Wonder Woman, the black cat is entirely out of the bag. For better or worse, they are no longer playing coy with a “wait and see” approach.

First, the most important news: The next film in the franchise/shared universe is going to be Bill Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein, presumably starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster. Yes, they are skipping the traditional Frankenstein story, which I guess is the monster movie equivalent of skipping the origin story. No word on A) if Dr. Frankenstein will appear in the film or B) who is playing the title role, although (speculation alert) even money says someone like Charlize Theron (especially if Atomic Blonde plays big in late July), long-rumored favorite Angelina Jolie , Salma Hayek or Nicole Kidman gets the gig.

The film, written by David Koepp, will be slotted for February 14, 2019 (that’s a Thursday), continuing Universal’s commitment to having kinky, adult-skewing erotic/romantic thrillers available each Valentine’s Day season.

Also of note, we’re getting what amounts to a theme music for this “world of gods and monsters,” composed by… take a guess. No, really, who is the first name that popped into your head? Yup, the correct answer is Danny Elfman. Elfman’s intro theme will play with the Dark Universe logo before The Mummy and every other would-be Dark Universe movie for as long as this franchise sticks around.

Whoever gets the title role in The Bride of Frankenstein will join Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde), Sofia Boutella as the title character in The Mummy and Tom Cruise as… that guy who fights the mummy and presumably sticks around for a return engagement. We heard rumblings ages ago about Scarlett Johansson headlining The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dwayne Johnson as the Wolfman, but I think the statute of limitations have expired on those rumors. If they don’t want to pay Leonardo DiCaprio $75 million to play Dracula, I’d suggest Oscar Isaac or Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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FINALLY!!! A Sequel to Dark City!!!


Oh....nevermind.
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FINALLY!!! A Sequel to Dark City!!!


Oh....nevermind.
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Luke Evans is still around as Dracula right?
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Luke Evans is still around as Dracula right?
I don't think Dracula Untold is part of this universe (was supposed to be, but due to lackluster box office, it's shifted to The Mummy instead).
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Sigh. I liked that movie, and at the time it was said Dracula was the start of the universe.
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They should cast a black guy for Dracula then have to keep telling people they are not remaking Blackula.
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I don't think Dracula Untold is part of this universe (was supposed to be, but due to lackluster box office, it's shifted to The Mummy instead).
so what if The Mummy under performs, reboot again?
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FINALLY!!! A Sequel to Dark City!!!

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After The Crow 2, I don't think I'd ever want a Dark City sequel. It ended perfectly.
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I think it's cool that they're properly rebooting the Universal Monsters. I have no problems with this at all.
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so what if The Mummy under performs, reboot again?
Or conveniently forget they're starting one, lol.
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Just based on what I've seen of The Mummy, I am not feeling this. We'll see.
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After The Crow 2, I don't think I'd ever want a Dark City sequel. It ended perfectly.
Proyas didn't have anything to do with that. Of course Proyas didn't write The Crow either. Dark City was conceived and written by him. I thought a well done sequel would be great. But you're right, it also ended perfectly.
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so what if The Mummy under performs, reboot again?
They will release the home video under the title "Gods, Monsters, Repeat".
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While I am keen on the idea of revitalizing the classic properties, the concept of a fully shared universe has me a bit flat. I was hoping for appropriate period pieces.
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Another Frankenstein movie huh. We've had Victor Frankenstein, I Frankenstein and Frankenstein. And thats just since 2014. Much rather have Dracula than another one of those. Dr Jekyll does look interesting though.
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Just based on what I've seen of The Mummy, I am not feeling this. We'll see.
Same here, sadly enough.

Don't update this universe with big spectacle action. This would be the ideal universe to populate with mid-budget films steeped in atmosphere; updated versions of the classics. Kind of like what "The Wolfman" did which, story issues aside, looked gorgeous.
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I wonder if Depp and Bardem might have cameos in this one? Strange that they were conveniently on hand for what was obviously a Mummy photo shoot. If Depp is the Invisible Man they could say he was present and we would have to take their word for it.
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And no Wolfman either. Looks like they'll be doing those last once several years have past from the most recent ones.
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I wonder if Depp and Bardem might have cameos in this one? Strange that they were conveniently on hand for what was obviously a Mummy photo shoot. If Depp is the Invisible Man they could say he was present and we would have to take their word for it.


Or has a "voice" cameo in the film.
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This franchise would be much more intriguing as period pieces.
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Just what is this "shared universe" behind all the stories.

From the Mummy trailer, it appears Crowe's character is a part (leader?) of some secret, behind-the-scenes organization that deals with supernatural events. Might he and his organization be a major part of that "shared universe" background?

If so, I'm wondering what that means for Crowe playing Jekyll/Hyde?
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I'm more worried this will end up like a multiple movie version of League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
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I love the Universal horror movies, and the idea of bringing them into an updated shared universe sounds great. However, Marvel succeeded by making a bunch of above-average movies that satisfied most longtime fans of the characters AND brought in new fans. That's the real trick, and I don't think it's that easy.
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