Universal Announces “Dark Universe” Plans

Universal Pictures has officially announced that their shared classic monster movie universe now has a name – “Dark Universe”. The motion logo for this can be seen below, created in the style of the Universal Pictures logo, and features a new theme composed by Danny Elfman.

Additionally, Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp have reportedly come on board the initiative, while Bill Condon is confirmed to be directing “Bride of Frankenstein” which Koepp will pen and which has set a February 14th 2019 release date. An actress has reportedly been chosen but hasn’t been announced yet.

The initiative kicks off with “The Mummy” next month starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. All three actors have teamed up with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem for a portrait shot the studio released above for the announcement.

Bardem is set to play Frankenstein and Depp will play The Invisible Man in subsequent films currently in development under the stewardship of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. On screen, they are linked by the mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium led by Crowe’s enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.

A previously set aside April 13th 2018 release date for a Dark Universe film has been ditched. “The Mummy” opens on June 9th.