‘Dark Universe’ – Universal Studio’s Monster Plans

Laughing maniacally before The Mummy has even made bank, Universal has revealed the logo for their “Dark Universe,” which will presumably connect several films that will re-imagine the classic Universal Monsters (I guess “Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe” was a bit redundant).  Check out the teaser below.

I find this a bit odd, not only because we have a trailer for a cinematic universe (which could falter more quickly than The Amazing Spider-Man franchise), but also because it looks more like a commercial for their classic film library. Without prior knowledge, I wouldn’t think this was promoting upcoming movies set in modern day. Granted, they’ve only filmed for the The Mummy thus far, but you’d think that they would include some of that footage in the clip. Either way, I wonder if we’ll see that logo at the beginning of the films, similar to the “Ghost Corps” brand preceding Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.

The stars of “Dark Universe” so far (from left to right): Russell Crowe (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Tom Cruise (Rick O’Con– er, Nick Morton), Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy). Photo: Variety

The studio has also announced that Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) will direct Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the next film after The Mummy. I’m surprised that they wouldn’t save the bride for a sequel to a standalone Frankenstein movie (because money), but I’m told that including her right away is more accurate to the original novel.

Artist: Jason Edmiston

Finally, Universal has provided some websites. Check out welcometoprodigium.com for a glimpse of Dr. Jekyll’s organization, Prodigium (which feels like Hellboy‘s BPRD meets Hannibal), as well as darkuniverse.com, which is a source for new images and information.

Tom Cruise is kicking-off this mad monster party with The Mummy on June 9, 2017 (United States). Are you excited? Do you think the more action-oriented “Dark Universe” will be successful? And if so, which monster/film are you anticipating the most? Let me know in the comments!