Two more monsters are joining and two more rumored are confirmed to be a part of Universal Pictures’ recently announced ‘Dark Universe’ initiative that kicks off this weekend with “The Mummy”.
That film’s director Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan are the pair in charge of the initiative which was announced along with the casting of Javier Bardem as Frankenstein and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man.
Now, talking with Fandom, Kurtzman revealed the complete line-up of characters joining the Dark Universe with multiple films planned beyond “The Mummy”:
“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man.
There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”
And which other actors would he like to see in this universe, he says: “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie.”
The films will be connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium led by the enigmatic Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) who protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society. The next film in the series is Bill Condon’s “Bride of Frankenstein” opening Valentine’s Day 2019.
The expansion talks hit as estimates for the opening box-office weekend of “The Mummy”, at least domestically, have been downgraded from $40 million to $35 million. Internationally though, the film is expected to do big business and has already had a record-breaking opening day in Korea.