Universal Pictures has announced Dark Universe as the name of its shared cinematic universe connecting its upcoming monster reboots beginning with The Mummy. Described as "a new world of gods and monsters," it will be similiar to the shared universes by Marvel Studios, DC Films, and the Quentin Tarantino movies. The announcement comes with a video of its animated mark to be aired before The Mummy, with a musical theme by Danny Elfman.
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This would be unconnected to Warner Bros.'s Justice League Dark film, which former writer/director Guillermo del Toro titled Dark Universe during his work on the project.
Universal's Dark Universe films will be connected by a mysterious organization known as Prodigium that tracks monsters. The organization is led by Dr. Henry Jekyll, to be played by Russell Crowe.
“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”
The second Dark Universe film will be Bride of Frankstein in February 14, 2019, by newly-announced director Bill Condon. The lead actress has been cast according to the studio, with an announcement coming "soon."
“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” said Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece - which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”
The previously-held date of April 13, 2018 for an unspecificed Universal Monsters film has been relinquished.
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris McQuarrie and Alex Kurtzman will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”
The Mummy opens in theaters June 9.