Universal Confirms Plans for a Cohesive Classic Monsters Universe
Before their recent professional parting of the ways, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman were slated to produce a reboot of The Mummy and Van Helsing for Universal Pictures. At the time there were rumblings that there might be a plan to use the various classic movie monster franchises from Universal's rich history to create some kind of universe akin to Marvel's lead-up to The Avengers. Orci said, "There's an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe." Now those plans are coming together.
However, Orci is no longer involved in this endeavor. Instead, Deadline reports Alex Kurtzman will team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to produce and develop reboots of Universal's most revered movie monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein and The Mummy. It's not clear if all those titles will be rebooted as individual movies, but the plan is to "expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories." That sounds like it could be fun.
The Mummy, Van Velsing and The Wolfman have all see various remakes over the years, and Universal still has Dracula Untold coming this fall (though it doesn't seem to be part of this new venture). But all these projects will be interconnected somehow as opposed to being standalone films. But it's too early to know how the films will be connected (though the use of Van Helsing seems like a good place to start). The question is whether or not audiences are still interested in these old monsters or if their prime time has faded completely in the decades passed since they were created. What do you think?