Universal’s attempt at kickstarting their own shared universe with arguably their most famous IP’s, the Universal Monsters, has officially died on the vine after one movie. The Dark Universe has gone, well, dark.
The least surprising news you will see all day comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the brilliant minds behind the decision to start this whole thing with a flaccid, terrible new Mummy movie, have moved on to greener franchises. Kurtzman is working on Star Trek: Discovery, and Morgan continues to mine the depths of the Fast and Furious franchise (even though that is showing definite signs of wear and tear).
Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board for Universal, who could have been successful with the Dark Universe had they just put the slightest amount of thought into it. Studio president Peter Cramer said “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,” and ““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.”
They may be focusing on individual tales driven by directors and their unique vision. They might try it all over again. Whatever the case, it’s a little amazing that Universal thought this was all a good idea to remake The Mummy with TOM CRUISE instead of trying to start things off with a different character in a setting we haven’t seen so often. Of all the places to start…
Anyway, #neverforget the photo on top of this article, so full of promise and hope that a half dozen films would unite these actors into perpetuity. It will be a good trivia question one of these days.