Universal Pictures Monster Cinematic Universe
Universal Pictures is tapping into its vast backlog of classic monster films for a new cinematic universe of origin and crossover confusion by rebooting Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy and possibly more in an unprecedented new franchise of an assortment of undead characters. According to Deadline, the new project will be led by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, two writers already familiar in franchise building. Kurtzman has been involved with Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man while Morgan has an existing Universal relationship with his scripts for five of The Fast and The Furious series.
The new monster franchise originally started with Dracula Untold (2014) and was going to be followed by The Mummy reboot on March 27, 2017 then several origin features of the myriad of deadly characters that gained popularity in the 1930′s and 1940′s. This will be the first time in over 70 years Universal will attempt at tying together these iconic monsters in a cohesive manner. After Dracula Untold failed both commercially and critically, the shared universe will now begin with The Mummy.
In September 2015, it was confirmed Alex Kurtzman will direct The Mummy reboot, now set for June 9, 2017. This will be only his second feature film, following 2012’s People Like Us. Kurtzman and writer Jon Spaihts are said to have two versions of the story in development; one with a male Mummy and the other with a female Mummy. The final version will depend on casting. Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy are set to star.
Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), Ed Solomon (Now You See Me) and Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series) have been retained as part of the creative team, but specific films have not been announced. Dracula , Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and Van Helsing was reported to be in varying stages of development.
In November 2015, it was reported that Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer have been hired to write the Van Helsing reboot, with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan producing.
The Bride Of Frankenstein remake is being produced by Brian Grazer and Sean Daniel, and at one time had Neil Burger (Limitless, Divergent) attached to direct, although it is unclear if he is still involved. The screenplay was written by Burger and Dirk Wittenborn (The Lucky Ones). Because of the negative reaction to Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea, Universal is reportedly using this art house picture to lure her to star in the Bride remake.
The Wolf Man is set to be the second film in the shared universe, with a release date of March 30, 2018. The screenplay was written by Aaron Guzikowski, the writer for the next Friday the 13th feature.