Universal to build a shared cinematic universe for its classic monsters?

dumbowl October 20, 2013 1

After Marvel successfully incorporated all its superheroes into a single universe, and then hit a home run with the astronomically successful cross-over The Avengers, it was only a matter of time before other studios tried something similar. Of course, there’s DC’s hilariously incompetent and confused attempt at getting the Justice League on screen, but now we have something even more cringe-worthy.

Universal studios was responsible for many classic monster movies like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man in the B&W era. Recently, it has been trying to push for reboots of Van Helsing, and The Mummy (again). They were to be produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting duo behind movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Cowboys & Aliens.

Last we heard, Mama director Andres Muschietti was in talks to direct The Mummy reboot. But, not happy with simply running its characters into the ground with endless reboots, Universal is planning a common universe for all its monsters, a la Marvel. In a recent interview with IGN, Orci shared his grand plans:

There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake.

So you’re planning to take tonally and thematically different horror movie characters and genericize them into bland comic-book cutouts? Can’t wait!

Here’s what he had to say about his favorite monster:

I love Frankenstein just cause it’s such a twisted, complicated monster. A monster that’s not really a monster.

Like, totally, bro. So deep.

What do you think of this development? Are you interested in seeing The Mummy fight Dracula? Tell us below in the comments!

One Comment »

  1. zzupdown October 23, 2013 at 12:11 am -

    Both Marvel and DC have successfully integrated their versions of classic characters into their Universes, ie; Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy; there’s no reason why Universal can’t do the same. It’s not a bad idea per se; it’s all in the implementation.

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