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Universal's 'The Mummy' kicks off push for new film universe

08 Juin 2017

While the reviews for The Mummy haven't been kind so far, Universal has gone all-in on their Dark Universe plans, which will unite all of their classic monsters in a Marvel-style cinematic universe.

To that end, when The Wolfman remake came out in 2010, there were some indications that Universal would use it as a launchpad for more monster remakes-then nothing.

The great Lon Chaney helped launch the Universal Monsters in the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which grossed more than $3 million on a budget of less than $1 million-big bucks in 1923.

According to Fandom, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman listed The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as upcoming Dark Universe movies in the works.

That sense of mystery will remain intact when it comes to Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein, but the writer-director also hinted at the possibility of a subversive take on the character. The studio is launching its Marvel-esque cinematic universe this week with The Mummy, and Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster, is now scheduled for release in February 2019.

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"There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting". The movie already has Bill Condon as its director and a release date has been scheduled for February 14, 2019. This isn't the first time a cinematic monster universe has been created at Universal, however.

Jolie has been mentioned as a favorite to play as Frankenstein's bride but negotiations have not been started.

Dracula Untold (2014), another attempt at giving depth and humanity to a monster, also flopped, as did The Wolfman (2010) with Benecio del Toro in the title role. But if it's not, then the new Dracula will most likely be a reboot.

Alex Kurtzman, one of the architects of the monster-verse, of which Bride of Frankenstein will be a part, recently sat down with Den of Geek to discuss why the titular bride will be such a fascinating character and talked about how depicting a relationship between Frankenstein's monster and the Bride that will feel relatable to modern-day audiences. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Universal's 'The Mummy' kicks off push for new film universe