Universal's Dark Universe Adds Two More Monster Movies

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Now Universal has announced the next round of reboots to be interwoven into the family fold with plans to produce updated versions of Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Kurtzman also hinted that Dracula Untold, initially slated to be the first film in the "Dark Universe" series, may still fit into the monster movie reboots.

"On which characters are involved: 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..."

Now you can add the Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera to the Dark Universe.

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That being said, we'll have to wait and see how The Mummy performs over the weekend to see if audiences are really interested in this new world of gods and monsters. We also know that next in line is the Bride of Frankenstein, with Angelina Jolie being sought to headline that feature, while Johnny Depp is attached to The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem to Frankenstein. But both titles have actually been the first monster movies by Universal in which Lon Chaney starred as the titular characters. In addition, the studio has confirmed that Oscar victor Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) will direct the next Dark Universe movie, Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp. While many associate the term "shared cinematic universe" with the super-hero studios, throughout the 1920s to the 1950s, Universal Studios created what was known as "Universal Monsters" or "Universal Horror".

As we can see from just the trailers there's quite a lot of world and character building that's going on in The Mummy as it lays the foundation for the Dark Universe. There has been talk, for instance, that Angelina Jolie may pick up the Bride of Frankenstein role. "The Mummy" helmer adds that spin-offs and side stories may also be made, considering that there are some characters in those tales whose stories can be explored more.

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The Mummy hits United Kingdom cinemas 9 June.

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