We’ve known that Universal has wanted to reboot their monster movies into a shared cinematic universe for quite some time and now are getting some solid clues as to what direction it will take.
We’ve already known that things were going to officially kick off in 2017 with the reboot of ‘The Mummy’ which may or may not include ‘Dracula Untold‘ being part of canon. While scenes were re-filmed to shoehorn the film into this new idea and we know that Dracula will be making an appearance, it isn’t quite clear if this Prince of Darkness will be Luke Evans (‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’,’Fast & Furious 6′) version of the character or if they are planning on rebooting the franchise again even though their most recent outing was in 2014.
Also joining The Mummy and the most iconic bloodsucker of them all will be Van Helsing (who is getting a reboot of his own), the Bride of Frankenstein, and The Wolfman. There is no word as to if we’ll see Frankenstein’s Monster making an appearance or if any of the other classics like The Invisible Man, Dracula’s Daughter, or the Creature from the Black Lagoon will be included.
When talking about mixing iconic horror elements into a modern world Alex Kurtzman says that:
“This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world? We’re creating a mythology, so we’re looking at this canon and thinking, ‘What are the rules” What can we break and what are the ones that are untouchable?’ […] The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward.”
At least it looks that they are taking the long view and really building things up from the ground floor in a way that can span multiple films, characters, and how they interconnect with one another.
That being said both Kurtzman and his partner Chris Morgan haven’t really written horror before. That being said Morgan throws in that:
“I was raised on monster movies. I used to make my own fake puke, so I wouldn’t have to go to school and could stay home and watch things like Cat People on TV. I can still tell you what I used – orange juice, Saltines, Pepsi, and milk.”
On why Universal is going with a cinematic monster universe instead of superheroes as everyone else is doing? Actually it’s pretty straight forward as:
“Heroes tend to be perfect, but most people in an audience aren’t ever going to know what it’s like to be the smartest, strongest, or fastest person alive. But there’s a darkness inside everybody. And everyone wants to be able to turn a curse into empowerment. The monsters have been in the shadows, and now it’s time to bring them out into the light.”
I’m glad they seem to really have a solid plan in mind here though I’m still worried on how adapting these classics into a modern day setting will go over.
Are you looking forward to the reboot of the Universal Monsters into a cinematic universe? Do you think they’ll be starting over once again with Dracula or will we see Luke Evans again playing the part only in modern times? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Screen Rant