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Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.
With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to »
Ryan Lambie Jun 29, 2017
Universal’s Dark Universe. Transformers. Are audiences and filmmakers alike starting to grow weary of cinematic universes, we wonder...
When Marvel made Iron Man in 2007, it didn’t just release a new superhero movie; it also embarked on something quite new in cinema. While we’ve all seen sequels, prequels, spin-offs and remakes before, the notion of a movie universe was different: a series of interlinked films, all building up to the summer blockbuster equivalent of a team-up comic.
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With each subsequent entry - well, apart from The Incredible Hulk, which people don’t really talk about much anymore - Marvel’s movies built up anticipation for the main event, so that by the time The Avengers came out in 2012, it brought with it a »
Harrison Abbott on how Universal can save the Dark Universe…
Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.
In case you need catching up to speed, this Dark Universe is essentially the latest attempt to revive all of Universal’s classic movie monsters. Many efforts have been made in the past to reboot these characters, »
- Harrison Abbott
Universal Studios is hoping that their new “Dark Universe” will be the next McU. So far, they’re off to a weak start. The Tom Cruise action flick The Mummy, which is the official beginning to the “Dark Universe”, is seriously underperforming at the box office. The movie’s poor performance highlights a major miscalculation that will continue to derail the “Dark Universe” unless Universal changes its strategy.
We all know that every studio is trying to copy the success Disney has achieved with its massively profitable McU. Warner Brothers is doing their Dceu; Sony has plans for an expanded “Spider-Verse”, as well as a possible connected film series about Robin Hood and his Merry Men; And Universal is doing their “Dark Universe”. However, as we’re seeing in the last few years, it’s not as easy to create an extended universe as it may seem.
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As Doc Brown might inflect, 'That is some pretty mediocre photographic fakery!' No, they didn't cut off Johnny Depp's hair. But as we're learning today in a scathing report against Tom Cruise and the production of The Mummy, the image that Universal Pictures sent out to announce their monsters franchise Dark Universe is a fake. A fairly decent one, but it's still not real.
Variety's report on The Mummy is a blistering take down of Tom Cruise and his dictatorship like ways when it comes to making any movie. Apparently he's a micro-manager who basically directed the first entry in the Dark Universe himself, always looming over director Alex Kurtzman's shoulder, telling him what to do at every turn. He had full artistic control over the project, if we're to believe the report. It sounds like Universal knew they were in trouble, and as a last ditch »
Hollywood is pretty obsessed with cinematic universes at the moment, largely thanks to what Disney has been able to accomplish with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's nothing quite like having a built in audience at the box office. Universal is currently trying to get in on the action with Dark Universe; a bunch of movies centered on classic movie monsters that will all tie together via A-list actors and a weird corporation headed up by Russell Crowe's Dr. Henry Jekyll. The Mummy officially kicked this Dark Universe off over the weekend and, safe to say, it probably didn't go as well as Universal had hoped it would.
Even with the power of Tom Cruise, The Mummy arrived with a thud at the domestic box office. The movie lost out to Wonder Woman, which was in its second frame over the weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, director Alex Kurtzman »
The arrival of The Mummy in theaters is more than just the big-screen return of a classic movie monster – it's also the first chapter in Universal Pictures' Dark Universe based on its famous creature characters. Future installments will feature the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other popular monster movie stars, while bringing back characters introduced in The Mummy. As if one monster-themed universe wasn't enough, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment are also bringing together King Kong, Godzilla and a long list of other characters for their own crossover franchise dubbed the MonsterVerse. Sensing a trend here? Monster mash-ups are all the rage now in Hollywood, but it's not like they're a new thing. Universal and other...
- Rick Marshall
Shared universes are all the rage these days. Marvel started the trend almost a decade ago and each major studio now seems eager to establish their own. While Marvel has perfected the formula in which you focus on a specific character’s story first and then slowly introduce them into a larger universe, this is an element that other studios have chosen to ignore. Warner Bros. couldn’t wait to get their Justice League film together so after Man of Steel, they rushed into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which was a huge critical misfire. Suicide Squad was another hot mess, and while Wonder Woman is undeniably great, one must wonder (pun somewhat intended) if it was so well received because it focused on a single character and her arc. Now we have established her and she will most likely be one of the highlights of this year’s Justice League, »
- Scott Davis
The goal for many studios used to be the franchise, a series of films under the umbrella of a recognizable name with which to sell that franchise. Now, thanks in large part to the success Marvel is having, that concept of the franchise has morphed into a "cinematic universe" with any number of "franchises" coming together in a shared series of narratives to create something much larger. Some of these cinematic universes come together naturally over time, but some are forced together in order for the studio at hand to bank on an entire slate of motion picture releases. The latter tends to come off as just that, forced, and this is the area in which Universal and their idea for a "Dark Universe" seems to be residing. Their idea is to bring their classic movie monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monsters, Invisible Man, et al.) into the modern age to create »
- Jeremy Kirk
The Mummy seemed like a cash grab from the moment it was announced. Universal has been trying to launch a universe of their own, featuring classic movie monsters associated with the studio, including Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Invisible Man, for years. The Mummy is essentially the studio going "all in" to jump start what is now called Dark Universe. Casting a star as large as Tom Cruise initially read as an attempt to make up for shortcomings in other areas. When you don't have much else, attach the biggest movie star in the world, and your film will sell (maybe)! Additionally, though the first movie came out in 1999, the Brendan Fraser lead Mummy franchise is still fresh enough in the public's mind that starting a new universe with The Mummy seemed like a strange choice. So, is The Mummy just another ill-advised attempt to launch a universe, cashing in »
- Nick Doll
As we already know, Universal plans to follow The Mummy with the likes of Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon, and has already attracted some A-list talent, including the likes of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem.
Well, speaking to Fandom, The Mummy producer and director Alex Kurtzman has revealed that plans are also afoot for to bring Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame into the universe, while he also offered up a few names that he’d like to see joining the franchise.
“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, »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Dave Roper
They’ve settled on “The Dark Universe” – Universal’s name for its new Expanded Universe of inter-connected films. They’ve got the rights to most of the iconic old-school horror properties out there and this rather natty video shows just how many properties that incorporates.
Assuming that the Tom Cruise-headlining The Mummy reboot succeeds (and early indications are not good…), Universal are already developing the next few entries, with Russell Crowe’s Dr Jekyll possibly proving to be part of the glue that holds them all together. Javier Bardem looks like he’d make a great Frankenstein’s monster and at least with Johnny Depp’s Invisible Man we’ll be more likely to be spared too much over-acted mugging. It makes sense for Universal to set out its stall early on – there is a significant built-in audience for these characters and although Van Helsing did »
- Dave Roper
Though reviews for “The Mummy” have been unfavorable and box office tracking is far from through the roof, the studio hasn’t said it will slow down on its planned monster universe. The films will mine from Universal’s vault of monsters — Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, etc. — and reboot them for movies in the next few years.
Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ to Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’
Aside from “The Mummy,” “Bride of Frankenstein” is the only planned movie to be dated thus far, to be released on Feb. 14, 2019. “The Invisible Man” and “Frankenstein” have already nabbed stars in Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, respectively. Angelina Jolie has been linked to the lead role in “Bride of Frankenstein,” but has yet to officially sign on. »
- Variety Staff
For anyone heading to the movies to watch the reboot of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, don't expect to see the same kind of enjoyably preposterous action-adventure Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz blessed us with in the 1999 original. Instead, the film seems more interested in setting up Universal Pictures's brand new franchise of monster movies called the "Dark Universe." An obvious answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Warner Bros.'s "MonsterVerse," to a lesser extent) the Dark Universe aims to make classic movie monsters the new superheroes. Here's what we know about the Dark Universe so far. The Movies While speaking to Fandom, Mummy director and producer Alex Kurtzman revealed the movie lineup the studio already has in the works. "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, »
- Quinn Keaney
Universal's reboot of its iconic brand of monster movies kicks off this weekend with the release of The Mummy, and with it begins a star-studded new franchise. Under the Dark Universe banner, this series features Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in the first installment, along with Russell Crowe appearing as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Later, we'll be seeing Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster. Angelina Jolie is still up for the role of the latter's Bride, and Dwayne Johnson might be the Wolf Man. How many other A-listers could be added to the mix? Well, Alex Kurtzman, director of The Mummy and producer of the whole franchise, recently named some other possibilities. "I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender...
- Christopher Campbell
Director Alex Kurtzman accepts the daunting task of kickstarting Universal’s “Dark Universe” with The Mummy, and holy hexes, first impressions are not favorable. Wonky structuring and general tone mishandling never unearth a confident vision. Be it Tom Cruise’s obsession with Annabelle Wallis’ “15-second-man” comment or Sofia Boutella’s male-gaze-y mummification, reboot aesthetics gamble lax horror representation on a losing hand. Generic jumps, blurry action – at least dialogue peppers in the words “dark” and “monster” a whole bunch! You know, because we require needless reminders that the movie is “dark,” and there sure are more “monsters” on the horizon (Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, etc.). Expect the “blackened” mainstream thrillification that genre fans so dreadfully feared – frantic yet bland, heavy CGI and one woefully mistold tale.
Mr. Cruise stars as Nick Morton, an Iraq-based sergeant who abandons post to sell “local antiquities” on the black market alongside »
- Matt Donato
The next great cinematic universe that Hollywood has cooked up is getting ready to set sail this weekend when The Mummy hits theaters. Building your franchise on Tom Cruise's back isn't a bad idea, but Universal has some awful lofty plans for this interconnected monster universe, which they have officially titled Dark Universe. Now, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has given us a window into those larger plans, which apparently includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.
Alex Kurtzman, who, in addition to directing The Mummy is producing the larger Dark Universe movies, recently spoke with Fandom in order to promote the release of the movie this weekend. While talking about some of the future plans for Dark Universe, he revealed that the Hunchback and the Phantom, two characters that had not been previously announced for this monster universe, are in the cards. Here's »
Edgar G. Ulmer movies on TCM: 'The Black Cat' & 'Detour' Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 Star of the Month is Audrey Hepburn, but Edgar G. Ulmer is its film personality of the evening on June 6. TCM will be presenting seven Ulmer movies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, including his two best-known efforts: The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945). The Black Cat was released shortly before the officialization of the Christian-inspired Production Code, which would castrate American filmmaking – with a few clever exceptions – for the next quarter of a century. Hence, audiences in spring 1934 were able to witness satanism in action, in addition to other bizarre happenings in an art deco mansion located in an isolated area of Hungary. Sporting a David Bowie hairdo, Boris Karloff is at his sinister best in The Black Cat (“Do you hear that, Vitus? The phone is dead. Even the phone is dead”), ailurophobic (a. »
- Andre Soares
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"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," explained Kurtzman, naming Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as »
- Graeme McMillan
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