Universal Taking the Horror Out of Classic Movie Monsters Reboot
There's been some buzz about the developing reboot of Universal's classic movie monster universe ever since Dracula Untold hit theaters. The action thriller was said to be the first film to have ties to the new shared universe for the studio's reboot of their most famous properties, and the next films in the bunch will be The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, coming in 2016, and also The Wolf Man in 2017. But if you were hoping for a great new round of horror movies, you may want to sit down for this, because we have some bad news. Universal's plan to reboot these franchises involves taking the horror out of the properties.
In the same executive roundtable discussion from THR where news about the Fast & Furious franchise came from, Collider noticed that chairman Donna Langley also had some stuff to say about the Universal monsters reboot, and it's disconcerting to say the least:
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”
This is almost as frustrating as Langley talking about mining the Fast & Furious franchise as if they were just looking for diamonds. She's basically saying, "Well, we don't have any big comic book properties, so we're going to repurpose something we do own, bastardize it, and turn it into something that fans of the original properties absolutely hate." I'm not even someone who holds the classic Universal monsters in high regards as beloved, and I'm already completely turned off by this idea now. But get ready for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula to combine their powers and save the world before they return to Monster Mash, a bar they all run together. Thoughts?