For those of us who have been anticipating Universal’s Monster Movie Universe that was kicked off with ‘Dracula Untold‘ you aren’t going to be happy to hear that the entire set of films have been pushed back. The studio is pushing back quite a few titles across the board so it doesn’t appear to be related to problems with production or the franchise itself. Though, at this time there is no word as to why the studio has so many movies being shuffled around. So, for those of you who are looking forward to how the franchise will continue, you can have a huge sigh of relief that this isn’t from massive changes being made to the movies.
Of course, if you didn’t like ‘Dracula Untold,’ the fact that they aren’t considered horror movies or how that might move the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe forward doesn’t change things for you.
The next installment of series, ‘The Mummy,’ was initially set to be released on June 24th, 2016 and was pushed back to March 24th, 2017. The second mystery title was pushed back from April 21st, 2017 to March 30th, 2018. With the studio having ‘King Kong: Skull Island‘ still set for March 10th, 2017, it will almost have the studio competing with itself on monster movies, especially as they aren’t from the same set of franchises.
All of these date changes were announced after Universal’s CinemaCon presentation which also saw ‘Pacific Rim 2‘ get pushed back from April 7th, 2017 to August 4th, 2017 and ‘Warcraft‘ from March 11th, 2016 to June 10th, 2016. With one Del Toro movie already being pushed back, it seems even less likely that we’ll see him tackle his dream project of ‘Frankenstein‘. Which still makes us wonder if another take on Frankenstein’s Monster will be the second film or if the studio has something else up their sleeve.
Are you looking forward to ‘The Mummy’ and other future Universal Monster movies? Is this delay annoying or just that much further off until Universal butchers these classic monsters? Share your thoughts below!
‘The Mummy’ is set to shamble into theaters on March 24, 2017
Source: The Hollywood Reporter