‘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!

  • *blank stare*

    I think that getting acceptable movies from this project is almost a forgone conclusion, but if The Mummy can cross the breach from that to “memorable”, we’ll be cooking.

    I remember rolling my eyes before seeing Batman Begins, is my point. This seems like a comparable leap of faith.
    Besides, fuck it, I like a good hype train.

  • Basement_Bros
  • Basement_Bros

    I wonder if they’ll be done in make-up or CG. I wasn’t crazy about the Benecio del Toro Wolfman, but I thought the beast looked great. They struck a nice balance between effects.

  • Sans_Fi

    Because everything is a Universe now, and Universal Monsters Universe sounds redundant…

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Im excited for Frankenstein and the monster team up movie the monster squad!

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    I think the bride of frankenstein will be amazing!
    The mummy looks ok.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Drink every time someone says mummy!

    Your liver and kidneys are screwed!

  • DontBeMeanInternet
  • DontBeMeanInternet

    America.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Agreed.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    He has assistants copy and paste. He’s been doing it for years.

  • Jooshua

    I didn’t really understand why they would do Bride of Frankenstein as the second film, but I read about the Mary Shelley subplot in the novel and it sounds like it would make for a better film than just a standalone Frankenstein movie.

    “Just as the future of the human race relied on Eve’s cooperation in
    Christian mythology, humanity also depends upon the Bride for survival
    within the film’s diegesis. The key difference is that Eve’s partnership
    with Adam was meant for the procreation of new lives, while the Bride’s
    intended union with Frankenstein’s monster was for the preservation of
    existing lives.”

  • Joe Newman

    I still don’t understand why they just didn’t call it Universal Monsters, but that’s just me.

  • Joe Newman

    Sorry, I couldn’t help it and yeah almost positive that is Dinklage.
    https://youtu.be/jItz-uNjoZA

  • Basement_Bros

    Do you drink anytime Cruise runs?

    You gonna die.

  • Duke

    I’m interesting in The Mummy (for Cruise and Crowe) but Wolfman and Invisible Man are also on my list of “I’ll see it”.

  • Duke

    There’s such a thing as BYOB movie theaters?

  • Duke

    Lol Jim Davis doesn’t draw Garfield anymore?

  • Indianamcclain

    I would think that if it weren’t for the fact that most of Elfman’s recent scores sound generic. I’m starting to think he’s right about temp music being a nuisance to composers.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Probably got one of his employees to do it. Like Jim Davis does with Garfield.

  • We found out it’s playing at the local BYOB theater, so we’re turning it into a drinking game. It’s boosted my excitement significantly.

    #drunkatthemummy2017

  • Larry Version 3

    Lol thats great XD

  • Indianamcclain

    What the hell happened to Danny Elfman? That sounded like some generic trailer score. I want early Elfman back.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Haha mine was Tony Tasty.

  • Larry Version 3

    Haha I don’t even know XD this name came into my head as a joke at school. We were playing Call of Duty (not a legal copy) on our school laptops during class (not very productive) and everyone was just coming up with these meaningless names. This was mine haha. It has just stuck with me lol

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    I need to ask. What did you do with Version 1 and 2? Did you make them your slaves or did you send them out the airlock? Or did you combine them together to make Version 3?

  • TheDeadFellow

    I should be excited for this.

    But I’m not.

  • William Dhalgren

    I just can’t muster any interest in The Mummy or this cinematic universe (hard eye roll).

  • Duke

    Agree that this worked better as a teaser for their original universal monsters series. It made me want to pick up those films on bluray.

    I’m already going to see The Mummy, so Universal needs not to be concerned.

  • Larry Version 3

    Oh yeah I might have miss written that. Probably should have had a breather in between points XD Wonder Woman looks like it could be the first truly good superhero film in a while.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    My sentiments exactly, but I disagree about Wonder Woman, their is an aspect there that may set itself apart from a mediocre Hollywood tentpole. So far, I haven’t really felt that vibe from WW yet. Yet.

  • Larry Version 3

    Haha XD
    I feel like it could be the latter. Nothing I have seen so far demonstrates that it could be anything other than a mediocre monster/horror film that will get lost amongst the other big budget films of the season like Wonder Woman and Transformers (not as good, but undeniably makes money).

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Version 3 knows his stuff. Either Universal likes what they see in The Mummy a lot, and are announcing this as a show of faith, or they think it’s mediocre and are announcing this in hopes of boosting the box office.

  • DontBeMeanInternet

    Get out of my brain. I was saying the same thing to Josh yesterday.

  • Larry Version 3

    Good God they didn’t waste any time on that. Let’s be honest, this could tank along with the Mummy. Now they’re just gonna look dumb as shit if they fail.

    Hopefully they don’t pull a Sony and ruin themselves before they’ve started.

  • Creature From the Black Lagoon is what I’m most excited for, and I hope it fights Wolfman.