|Russell Crowe (Dr Jekyll), Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), |
and Javier Bardem (Frankenstein's Monster)
Dark Universe is Universal's new shared universe for its planned new series of monster movies, beginning with the upcoming revival of The Mummy.
I welcome this, as I'm a sucker for the concept of shared universes, but my main problem with the trailer the studio has put out to promote this concept is that it reminds us just how awesome their original run of monster movies were, setting the bar really high for the reinventions.
For instance, the next one slated for release is Bride of Frankenstein, due out on February 14, 2019, directed by Bill Condon (Beauty And The Beast, Gods And Monsters, Twilight: Breaking Dawn).
The original Bride Of Frankenstein is possibly my favourite monster movie, so I'll be keeping an eye on this.
"At its organising principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organisation known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr Henry Jekyll (Crowe), 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 civilised society… and will go to any length to contain it."And presumably the future of this whole enterprise depends on how well The Mummy fares at the box office...