Universal Looking to Officially Bring Back its Monsters

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Universal Looking to Officially Bring Back its MonstersWe’ve seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!

According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature, and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its movie monster library already, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.

They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions, and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments and bring them all under one cohesive strategy.

Stay tuned!

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  • shallowcuts

    so i’m thinking separate flicks i dracula, i wolfman, i gillman, i invisible man, and then they all meet up and fight in i i frankenstein.

  • frank_dracman

    Well this certainly is horrible news. Looks like they want our monsters to be as mainstream and and marketable as possible. We’re not going to get interesting stories or dark, brooding films that rely on characters and atmosphere. We’ll get some family friendly, intellectually stilted Walmart isle bullshit that will spawn Happy meal toys.

    Think I’m reaching or overreacting? come back in 2016 and we’ll talk.

    • MonsterMash

      You’re spot on.

      • Gus Bjork

        I have to agree as well. It has a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen taste to it. Hopefully, if it doesn’t fizzle out like it has before, future developments prove us wrong.

        • frank_dracman

          I wasn’t thinking so much of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (one of my guilty pleasure movies) but more Marvel. They have an established cast of characters that can be in the same universe and come together for a mega movie like The Avengers. I know that sounds horrible, but if you’re trying to resurrect old properties you might as well copy a successful formula.

          • MonsterMash

            That’s what I was thinking.

          • Gus Bjork

            No, we’re on the same page. I was referring to tone rather than structure. They pretty much say they are going to be doing what Marvel did. Which is great if it works. But inevitably all these characters are going to be in the same place then. And then what? I’m afraid of the typical cliches. Big, friendly, misunderstood dumb lug Frankenstein. Treacherous Dracula. Tormented Larry Talbot/werewolf. Secret Weapon Creature from the Black Lagoon. Why the hell am I here Phantom of the Opera. That’s the comparison to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I was trying to make. Taking the original source which is perfectly presentable in a movie but not having the courage to staying true to that.

            You know, I just read what I wrote and I don’t know it makes sense. Oh well, I’m going to submit anyways.

          • MonsterMash

            Oh my god that’s frightening. It’s just like the Avengers.

          • Rob

            The villains will the sorcerer from The Thing That Couldn’t Die, who’s blackmailing the Invisible Man to help him take over the world. Sorcerer guy is Thanos, Invisible Man is a Loki who switches sides, and The Mole People will be the Chitauri army.

          • frank_dracman

            Ah, I get you now. Jesus, hope you’re wrong but that sounds exactly like something Hollywood would try. Please, please let The Monster (or creature, if you prefer) be an intelligent, tragic figure looking for his place in a world that doesn’t accept him. You know, kinda like the source material.

          • Gus Bjork

            Want to be really disappointed? Check out The Frankenstein Theory. It’s kind of the monster you are looking for, beautiful scenery, pretty good core set-up and….found footage. And so very, very boring.

          • frank_dracman

            Oh fuck that movie. I think it’s the only film ever to show more of the creature on the box art than in the movie itself. Total waste of time,

          • addeisdead

            Replace the Phantom of the Opera with the Mummy, and you pretty much just described Monster Squad.