“Spy” and “A Simple Favor” director Paul Feig, having tackled the supernatural with 2016’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, is keen to return to the genre and will do so soon with the full-on monster horror film “Dark Army” at Universal Pictures.
After the collapse of the Dark Universe initiative which attempted to combine the classic Universal Monsters films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, etc. into a massive shared universe, the studio has abandoned that idea for smaller budgeted but more interesting projects like Leigh Whannell’s already shot “The Invisible Man”.
“Dark Army” is one of those projects and is said to be in line with classic Universal Monsters films rather than modern jump-scare horror films. Speaking about his aims for the project, Feig tells Coming Soon this week:
“Horror movies to me now represent slasher and that kind of thing, which I don’t enjoy at all. I loved those old movies like ‘Frankenstein.’ ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ is probably one of the greatest movies of all-time. I love that movie so much, and there are some things from that movie that I’m using in this new movie ‘Dark Army.’
But I really want to do a James Whale-ish, modern-day version of a monster movie that is about these characters. What I love about monsters is they’re outsiders, it’s just the most extreme version of outsiders. Frankenstein is one of the most sympathetic characters ever to be put on the screen, even though he does terrible things. He’s just looking for acceptance and love…I want to bring that ookie spooky feel back to movies, but with these monsters, you root for and understand at the same time.”
Feig also confirms he’s finished the first draft of the script and turned it into the studio who loved it, now it has to get the green light from the higher-ups. Feig hopes to make the film as soon as he can should it be given the go-ahead.