If comic book heroes can have shared universes, why can’t classic monsters? Universal Pictures has announced major plans to revitalize its heritage by developing a “substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories”.
In layman’s terms, it means its library of monster movie properties – Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy – are about to get a shared onscreen universe deal akin to the Marvel Studios films.
“Star Trek,” “Transformers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” co-scribe Alex Kurtzman along with “Wanted” and regular “Fast and the Furious” series scribe Chris Morgan are the architects behind the interconnected slate, though it’s unclear if either will write any of the projects planned.
Morgan and Kurtzman will work closely the studio’s various arms to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects with preexisting attachments to bring them together under one cohesive strategy.
The plan will commence with “The Mummy” reboot which will be released April 22nd 2016, making the upcoming “Dracula Untold” the studio’s likely last foray into stand-alone films using these characters.