Universal has big plans for the Dark Universe. After nabbing Tom Cruise for The Mummy, director and the main architect of the horror cinematic universe Alex Kurtzman revealed which actors he wants to see in future monster movies.
An All-Star Cast
Recently, the studio unveiled the monsters and heroes of the Dark Universe. In a photo, Cruise was joined by The Mummy co-stars Sofia Boutella who played the role of Ahmanet (the titular monster) and Russell Crowe who will be known as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the horror universe. It also confirmed the involvement of Javier Bardem who will join Bride of Frankenstein and Johnny Depp who was cast in The Invisible Man.
The Dark Universe is already star-studded, but Kurtzman hopes to add more A-list Hollywood actors into the family. Ahead of the release of The Mummy, the filmmaker shared the names he wants to see in the monster universe.
“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he told Fandom. “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…”
This is the first time that Kurtzman confirmed that Universal will be making modern versions of Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The studio still has a long list of movies to develop over the coming years including Bride of Frankenstein which is expected to be released in 2019 with Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) at the helm. The studio is also reportedly courting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star in the remake of Wolfman.
It is also interesting that Kurtzman mentioned Jolie as one of the actors he wants to see in the cinematic universe. The 42-year-old has long been attached to the project, but negotiations have not begun as of this moment.
Meanwhile, Universal already previously remade Dracula with Luke Evans as the titular monster. Titled Dracula Untold, the 2014 movie did no exactly live up to expectations and failed to appeal to the modern audience. The movie disappointed at the box office and, therefore, was not able to kick off a cinematic universe.
Pressure To Perform At The Box Office
However, whether Kurtzman will be able to bring his grand plans to fruition or not depends on the box office performance of Cruise’s The Mummy. The first on a series of movies, the reboot is already facing tough competition in Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman.
The DC Cinematic Universe’s first and only female superhero so far has already started break glass ceilings as it continues to dominate the box office in the U.S. and worldwide. After opening last weekend, the movie has now grossed an estimated $100.5 million at the domestic box office. Overseas, it also continues to soar with $122. 5 million after only three days.
As the good reviews continue to come in, Patty Jenkins’ first comic book movie is expected to continue topping box office charts. That said, Kurtzman’s The Mummy is not going to overtake the Amazon warrior princess when it opens on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the polling service NRG has downgraded its domestic box office prediction of the first entry to Universal’s Dark Universe from $38 million to just $35 million.
However, The Mummy will be fine despite the disappointing domestic draw. The horror movie is expected to perform well in the international market. In fact, in South Korea, it already broke box office record and became the highest opening day gross in the Asia country. It earned KW 7.3 billion ($6.6 million) on a single day, better than local horror movie Train To Busan.