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Universal Kills Off Connected Dark Universe, Shifts Focus To Individual Monster Projects
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Universal Classic Monsters

When it was first announced, a shared universe for rebooted takes on Universal’s classic monsters sounded like it could be fun if all went well. Things did not go well.

The shared universe, which was dubbed the Dark Universe, opened with 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Instead of focusing on the horror, the focus was more on making a CGI-heavy action blockbuster. The movie cost $125 million to produce, and made only $80 million at the domestic box office. A nearly $330 million showing in foreign markets helped to recoup some of those costs, but the Dark Universe was in serious jeopardy of dropping dead a few steps from the starting line.

Now comes word that Universal has indeed killed off the Dark Universe, and will instead shift their focus to rebooting their monsters as individual projects with no ties to a connected universe and, best of all, rooted in horror with no restrictions on the budget, the rating, or the tone.

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Universal’s Dark Universe May Be Dead As Key Figures Start To Leave It Behind
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Dark Universe title card

Let’s face it, Universal’s Dark Universe was a very ambitious plan that no one really was on board for. Though contemporary takes on the classic Universal monsters sounded like a good idea on the surface, the results were anything but that. It all started with The Mummy, the Tom Cruise-starring vehicle that was supposed to launch the universe. The film performed well-below expectations, and what followed made things even worse for the potential universe. Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Bill Condon and starring Javier Bardem as the Monster and possibly Angelina Jolie as the title character, had been put on hold. Reports stated that it was to fix some of the script issues. While that may be true, it was a sign that things weren’t going well. And this latest bit may be the final nail in the coffin.

According to a new report, the Dark Universe may be dead as key figures like Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are now leaving it behind, forcing Universal to rethink the interconnected monster world that they are creating. More on the story below.

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‘The Mummy’ Director Talks Other Dark Universe Movies Being Planned
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Dark Universe title card

This weekend, Universal will launch the start of their brand new Dark Universe monsters franchise with a reboot of The Mummy. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film will bring together some of our favorite classic monsters in an all new shared universe involving Universal Monsters. It will be followed up by the Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem; Creature of the Black Lagoon from screenwriters Jeff Pinkner and Will Beall; The Invisible Man, starring Johnny Depp; and Van Helsing, from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, Arrival writer Eric Heisserer, and Dan Mazeau.

But that is just the beginning. Because Kurtzman says there are more Dark Universe films on the way. In a new interview, the man responsible for building this new Universal Monsters shared universe says Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Phantom of the Opera are being developed. More on the story below.

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Universal Names Monsters Franchise “Dark Universe”; ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ To Follow ‘The Mummy’
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Dark Universe title card

Shared universes can be a tough sell nowadays, especially now since they can be perceived as derivative. However, if a studio puts the right creative minds together, these shared universes can be very successful.

Universal Pictures will take their first steps into launching their own starting with a reboot of The Mummy. And they are confident enough in their monsters filled universe that they have announced that the series of films reviving the studio’s classic characters for a new generation will be known as their “Dark Universe.” More on the story below.

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Universal Monsters Shared Universe Won’t Be Anything Like Superhero Universes
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Universal Monsters

Given the popularity of superhero shared universes, studios are trying to snatch up properties in hopes of mimicking their box office success. So it is easy to see why some would dismiss one of the newest shared universes, Universal’s Classic Monsters universe.

Sure, Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy may be the beginning of a Universal Monsters shared universe with Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) being the rumored thread that ties it all together, but producer Chris Morgan says upcoming remakes of The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc, won’t be anything like what’s being done over at Marvel Studios or WB’s DC Films. Check out what he had to say below.

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Untitled Universal Monsters Film Scheduled For 2019
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Universal Monsters horror film characters

The Universal Monsters shared film universe will kick off with the reboot of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. A second mystery monster movie due is due in April 2018, and now the studio has announced a third film that will be released in theaters in February 2019. More on the story below.

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Johnny Depp Set For ‘The Invisible Man’ In Universal’s Monsters Shared Universe
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The Invisible Man

Whether or not you’re excited about Universal’s Classic Monsters shared universe, no one can dispute the fact that they’re going big with the stars in an attempt to make the new franchise as successful as possible.

We already know that Tom Cruise will be starring in their next take on The Mummy, which will also star Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in the title role, and now comes word that they studio has landed Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp to lead The Invisible Man for them.

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Universal Classic Monsters To Get ‘Avengers’-Style Reboot
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Universal Classic Monsters

Universal Pictures wants in on the unified franchises game being perfected by the well-oiled machine that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe and attempted by Warner Brothers’ DC Comics lineup.

But instead of acquiring a new superhero/comic book property, Universal is reaching back to some classics. It’s being reported that the studio has decided to reboot their Universal Classic Monsters, the legendary line-up of monster movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

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Blu-ray Deal: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Contents

Right now, Amazon has the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $64.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of 149.98).

This 8-disc Blu-ray set comes with 8 films of the Universal Monsters collection now digitally restored and in high definition for the first time ever: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon. The set also comes with collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each monster movie is accompanied by tons of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers.

Grab this set while it’s on sale and be sure to check out more Blu-ray box sets and DVD and Blu-ray collections on sale right now.

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Blu-ray Deal: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Contents

As part of Amazon’s weekly deals the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray box set is on sale for only $65.99 (that’s 56% off the list price of 149.98).

This 8-disc Blu-ray set comes with 8 films of the Universal Monsters collection now digitally restored and in high definition for the first time ever: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon. The set also comes with collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each monster movie is accompanied by tons of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers.

Grab this set while it’s on sale all this week and be sure to check out more DVD and Blu-ray sets on sale right now.

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