Last week, Universal Pictures finally released the first photo of what everyone knew was coming, Dark Universe, the connected Universal Monster universe (a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe) where all the monster movies are connected.
This is something that has been spoken about for quite a few years. While this has been speculated from James McAvoy’s Victor Frankenstein to Luke Evan’s Dracula; it actually was supposed to start with Evan’s Dracula. However that film wasn’t the hit it was supposed to be so Universal is trying again, this time with Tom Cruise’s reboot of The Mummy
Along with the photo, Universal Studios also released the date for Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the second film in the line up. Director Bill Condon and screenwriter David Koepp’s film will open February 14, 2019 and will be the “story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale.”
Assembled in the picture are Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster, Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Russell Crowe Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy. Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll will be the glue that ties all the films together much like Robert Downey Jr. did as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Universe.
The trailer for Dark Universe was a collection of clips from the original Universal Monster film and if The Mummy proves to be the hit they (and we) are hoping it will be we’ll get to see some awesome and fantastic monster films for the foreseeable future.