Dark Universe Grows with 2 More Rebooted Titles

Tina Ray
June 7, 2017

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year you know that The Mummy is the first official entry into the recently-named Dark Universe, Universal's shared universe of classic cinematic monsters. "I'd love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie".

One of the earliest movie adaptations of "Phantom of the Opera", which were based on Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name, was released by Universal in 1925, with Lon Chaney portraying the haunting Phantom.

In an interview with Den of Geek, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman shared a few new details on the Bride of Frankenstein reboot and discussed the iconic status of the titular creature. Javier Bardem has been tapped to star as Frankenstein's monster. Some time after that, Johnny Depp will debut as the Invisible Man.

We already know about The Bride of Frankenstein being next at bat on February 14, 2019 with Beauty and the Beast's Bill Condon directing from a screenplay by Jurassic Park's David Koepp.

This Friday, Universal Studios will launch the "Dark Universe" when "The Mummy", which stars Tom Cruise, finally hits the cinemas.

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Pulling the two characters into the Dark Universe shows that it's going back to its horror roots, even though modern audiences are more likely familiar with the two characters from theatrical musicals or Disney films.

While the other films were already confirmed, reboots of The Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame hadn't yet been revealed. It will be really interesting to see where we go because I actually think that Bride is maybe a lot more accessible as a character than you may think.

Angelia Jolie has been rumored for the Bride of Frankenstein role before. There was speculation that Dracula Untold, which starred Luke Evans, was going to be part of the monster universe, but it was never verified as the film did not do well at the box office. "The Mummy" helmer adds that spin-offs and side stories may also be made, considering that there are some characters in those tales whose stories can be explored more.

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