Universal is creating a Monster Universe, but do not expect Ahmanet of The Mummy to unite with the monsters of Frankenstein and Dracula soon. According to screenwriter Chris Morgan, all the movies that will come out from the new cinematic universe in the next couple of years will be interconnected but will stand alone.
Reintroducing Legendary Monsters
Morgan was given the monumental task to reintroduce these cinematic monsters to the modern audience. He will spearhead the Universal Monster Universe (not to be confused with Legendary’s own MonsterVerse) with writer/producer Alex Kurtzman.
While doing press rounds for his new movie Fate of the Furious, Morgan readily talked about their plans for the Monster Universe and answered why these stories need to be retold.
“We kind of designed them all to be kind of standalone sorts of franchises that have kind of similar things between them,” he told Collider. The Mummy will kickstart the cinematic universe later this year, but how will they decide which movie will come out next?
“[A]s the scripts came in, then we started putting them in a, ‘Well this would be a good order. We reveal this here,'” he detailed. “[S]o, now, it really comes down to, again, it’s a studio decision on which film is coming out next.”
The screenwriter also divulged that among the titles currently in the works are Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman and Invisible Man.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is rumored to be in talks for a still-unidentified role in
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is rumored to be in talks for a still-unidentified role in Wolfman. Meanwhile, Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie has long been rumored as the Bride of Frankenstein. As for Morgan, he is attached to write the screenplay for an untitled Universal Monster project that will come out in 2019, as per IMDB.
Johnny Depp has officially signed up to star in Invisible Man. Universal tapped Ed Solomon of Men in Black to pen the script. No director is currently attached to the project and no release date has been announced as of this writing.
How These Old Monsters Will Attract Modern Moviegoers
Hollywood is filled with so much reboots and adaptations and sequels, but Morgan is confident that reintroducing Van Helsing and the Bride of Frankenstein will be a success. He explained that the upcoming movies pay homage to the original. Therefore, fans can expect complex characters.
He further told the site that these monsters were created as “exaggerations of human attributes or human fears.” The screenwriter pointed out that Frankenstein’s monster was a result of the industrial and scientific revolution. It begged the readers to question whether humans are playing God.
To add, Morgan compared the Monster Universe with superhero movies. He stated that, while he also enjoy watching Batman or Captain America, they are not exactly relatable. Meanwhile, monsters appeal to everyone’s dark side.
Actions Galore in The Mummy and Beyond
But that does not mean that the upcoming movies from Universal will be devoid of excitement and thrill. As Morgan divulged, the movies from the Monster Universe will be “interesting, emotional, action-y, largely global.”
The studio already previewed heart-pumping action scenes in the first trailer of The Mummy. The video embedded below opened with gun shots and a massive explosions.
However, humans will not be the only threat in the upcoming monster movie. Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton and team will uncover a sarcophagus that contains an ancient but very powerful supernatural being. Found out what terrors Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) will bring when The Mummy opens on June 9.
The movie also stars Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Keyll. Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson also appear.
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