Universal Steers from Superhero to Monster
Universal Studios begins its trend for Monster Culture as it doubles out features on creatures. Read on for further details.
As Warner Bros., Sony, Disney and Fox vie for comic book superhero supremacy, Universal Studios, with Marvel’s “Namor: The Sub-Mariner” as its only comic book-based superhero property,
goes out of its way to create franchises based on paperback novel creatures.
According to Variety, Universal Studios has bagged picture rights for the entire series of Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles.”
“The Vampire Chronicles” is a series of novels revolving around fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman turned into a vampire in the 18th century. Many of its novels have been reanimated into films such as the 1994 film “Interview with the Vampire,” which starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst and the 1988’s “The Queen of The Damned,” which was adapted into a film in 2002, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah, which used some material from 1985’s “The Vampire Lestat.”
“The trend is franchise movies, and building movies around a character people want to come back and see over and over again,” explained Imagine Entertainment president Erica Huggins in Variety, who was responsible for the acquisition of Anne Rice series.
In July, the studio announced plans to start a MCU-like franchise focusing on creatures such as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Earlier, Universal Studios appointed helmer Alex Kurtzman to direct a revival of the “Mummy” franchise, spearheading the monster franchise plans.
“Universal’s legacy is built on our iconic monster mythology – We are committed to revitalizing these films to make them part of a powerhouse action-thriller franchise, and develop worlds for these characters to thrive in” said Universal’s co-president of production Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.
“What Donna and Jeff are envisioning about the Universal monster legacy is the most strategic, and ambitious undertaking since Carl Laemmle created these historic characters for the screen,” exclaimed Universal producer Sean Daniel.
At the same time, the studio signed up a 10-year-deal with horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films have created hit horror and thriller pics such as “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises.
That’s a wrap for Universal’s take from superhero to monster culture. For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG)
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Anne Rice