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Universal Reveals Details For Monster Shared Universe

May 22, 2017

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Universal Pictures has officially announced that they have chosen their name for their shared universe of monster movies– Dark Universe. The universe starts with the release of the remake THE MUMMY on June 9.

Dark Universe was begun by Alex Kurtzman, who also directs and produces The Mummy, and Chris Morgan (producer of The Mummy). Also joining the team includes Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp.

Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures said:

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audience we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequence chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before THE MUMMY and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

Kurtzman and Morgan said:

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures. The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

Bill Condon, who directed Disney’s smart live-action of Beauty and the Beast, will direct BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN from a script by Koepp. It will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Condon said:

“I’m very excited to bring a new BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent. The BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN remains the most iconic female monster in female history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece– which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

The actress chosen to lead the film will be announced at a later date. In addition, the studio also confirmed that Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who will team up in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will star as THE INVISIBLE MAN and FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER. They’re joined by Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who leads in The Mummy alongside Sofia Boutella as the title role.

The Dark Universe films will be connected to a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and– when necessary– destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society and will go to any length to contain it.

Check out this teaser which features the logo and a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman.

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