If I had to sum up the failure of Universal’s The Mummy in 2 words, they would be “Tom” and “Cruise”. Not only did his generic action-hero persona taint what should have been a horror movie, he was set up to be the connective tissue binding a planned Dark Universe, one that would see many of the studio’s classic monster flicks rebooted for 21st Century audiences. Thus, it seems the Dark Universe is doomed from the get-go—and the folks at Universal seem to agree.
THR recently reported that producers are jumping ship, meaning you can most likely forget about those promises of The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, and many others—at least under a Dark Universe banner.
Just five months after Universal released a much-discussed cast photo promising a slew of movies starring the likes of Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem — all drawn on characters like the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Frankenstein in its stable of classic horror films — none of the projects appears to have a pulse. [Photo Above]
Writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who were hired as the monster universe architects, have departed the franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Kurtzman, whose deal with Universal lapsed in September, is focusing on television (he’s an executive producer on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, and his overall deal with CBS involves more than a half-dozen shows), while Morgan has returned to the Fast and Furious franchise and is writing a spinoff for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Having seen The Mummy for myself, I can’t say I’m remotely surprised. While superhero movies are bravely venturing into horror territory, Universal got it ass-backward creating a franchise that repackaged classic monster movies as action thrillers. What do you guys think?
If you’re a masochist, feel free to peep the trailer, review, and synopsis for The Mummy below.
Official Synopsis: Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.
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