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Guillermo Del Toro Regrets Turning Down Dark Universe Offer

Though Universal was touting it as the next big cinematic universe, the studio’s monster-filled Dark Universe franchise pretty much collapsed at the first hurdle earlier this year when The Mummy became a colossal flop. Despite the box office might of Tom Cruise behind it, the movie was torn to shreds by critics and audiences shrugged their shoulders at it across the board.

In the wake of The Mummy‘s failure, architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have left the project, leaving its fate in limbo. What it really needs, then, is a true horror auteur director to take over the reigns. Someone who’s able to make popular and critically acclaimed movies. You know, someone like Guillermo Del Toro, for instance?

Well, it turns out that a Del Toro-fronted Universal Monsters franchise could really have been a possibility at one stage. Back in 2007, when the project was laying dormant,
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Dracula needs a summer vacation in Hotel Transylvania 3 teaser

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Although the Dark Universe franchise may be on life support, the Hotel Transylvania series is still trucking along with its comedic versions of Dracula (Adam Sandler), Frankenstein's monster (Kevin James) the Wolfman (Steve Buscemi), the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), the Invisible Man (David Spade) and more. A third installment of the Genndy Tartakovsky directed series is on the way... Read More...
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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Universal's Cinematic Monster Filled Dark Universe May Be in Trouble as The Top Producers Drop Out

Universal Pictures set out on a journey to create a cinematic universe that would be filled with all of their classic monsters. Their plan kicked off with Tom Cruise's The Mummy, and that would have been followed by Bride of Frankenstein, Wolfman, The Invisible Man, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. But, The Mummy ended up bombing at the box office and it also didn't do very well critically. 

Regardless of The Mummy's failure, it still seemed like Universal was going to press forward as director Bill Condon was moving forward with The Bride of Frankenstein until the production was shut down last month to develop the story more and get it in a better place.

Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have been heading up the development of this Dark Universe since it's conception, but according to THR, they have now bailed on it! Now there's
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Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise

Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise
The Bride of Frankenstein can crawl back into her crypt for a nice long sleep, as it doesn't look like that thriller is moving forward anytime soon. Universal's planned Dark Universe franchise is in dire straights as producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have officially jumped ship. Their exit comes in the wake of Tom Cruise's The Mummy failing miserably at the box office.

Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein and the Invisible Man were all supposed to get movies that would have interconnected to create a larger world known as Dark Universe, and Universal's plans were pretty ambitious. But the franchise is sinking quick. And according to reports, every planned upcoming movie is currently dead in the water.

It's been just five months since Universal released that ominous photo-shopped image of Dark Universe cast mates Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem all seemingly in a room together.
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Universal's "Monsterverse" in Peril as Top Producers Exit (Exclusive)

cast photo promising a slew of movies starring the likes of Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem — all drawn on characters like the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Frankenstein in its stable of classic horror films — none of the projects appears to have a pulse.

Writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who were hired as the monster universe architects, have departed the franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Kurtzman, whose deal with Universal lapsed in September,...
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New Celeb PSAs Call On Men To Say #Iwillspeakup

Most men are not abusive. But far too often, they are silent about the abuse committed by other men. This week, Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, in conjunction with {charity:a Call to Men (Actm) is releasing a new PSA campaign that highlights the importance of men’s role in speaking up and supporting survivors of sexual assault, abuse and harassment.

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The PSA features notable actors Andre Braugher, Tate Donovan, Anthony Edwards, Raúl Esparza, Dann Florek, Peter Hermann, Max Joseph, Daniel Dae Kim, David Marciano, Chris Meloni, Danny Pino, Andrew Rannells, and Blair Underwood calling on other men to speak out against the violence and abuse that happens every single day in our country. The campaign, “#Iwillspeakup,” magnifies the effect of men’s silence — silence that allows violence against women and girls to go unchecked and perpetuates it in our families, in our workplaces, on college campuses,
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Hulu adapting Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a series

Joseph Baxter Oct 27, 2017

Hulu will adapt Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a series, bringing the same spirit as its success with The Handmaid’s Tale...

Hulu is in early development stages of adapting Invisible Man as a series, reports Variety. The streaming outlet, which acquired the rights to the 1952 novel from the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust, is moving forward with their small-screen serial adaptation, having appointed John Callahan as executive producer. Indeed, The Handmaid’s Tale proved to be a proverbial North Star for the streaming outlet, something that tends to occur after winning eight Emmy awards for a single season of television. As Hulu’s senior Vice President of content, Craig Erwich, told the trade shortly after those September wins:

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“We’re looking to tell intimate character stories against
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The Mummy and Lifeforce: the strange parallels

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

This year's The Mummy reboot shares a surprising amount with the 1985 sci-fi horror classic, Lifeforce...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy and 1985's Lifeforce.

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When Universal Studios made The Mummy back in 1932, it was in the wake of Tut-mania: the fascination with Ancient Egypt following the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb a decade earlier. As Egyptian-inspired symbols and designs began to appear on everything from jewellery to cigarette ads, stories began to circulate that the pharoah's tomb was cursed - and thus The Mummy, about a group of archaeologists who provoke the wrath of a long-dead Imhotep (Boris Karloff, hypnotic as always) emerged.

The Mummy's success was such that it became a long-running franchise: Universal made four direct sequels between 1940 and 1944, with a comedy spin-off, Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, joining them in 1955. The UK's Hammer Film
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Gold Diggers of 1935

The fourth in the popular Gold Diggers musicals, Gold Diggers of 1935 is glossier than previous entries and, since it was produced nearer to the depression’s end, pointedly free of the heavy dramaturgy that made the earlier entries so compelling. It’s a strong entry nonetheless with Busby Berkeley taking over both direction chores and, not for nothing, coming up with the ne plus ultra of Berkeley extravaganzas, Lullaby of Broadway. Starring the inveterate charmer Dick Powell and the Invisible Man’s girlfriend, Gloria Stuart.
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Luke Evans Hopes To Play Dracula Again In The Dark Universe

2014’s Dracula Untold was a dark fantasy/action movie take on the classic horror icon, offering up an origin story for both the eponymous bloodsucker and Universal’s planned reboot of their monster-filled cinematic universe from the 1930s/40s. As it happened, though, Untold’s middling critical reception and unremarkable box office resulted in the studio reducing the movie’s importance. When 2017’s The Mummy rolled around, it was marketed as the new beginning of the franchise – now dubbed Dark Universe – and fans were told to disregard Dracula Untold entirely.

Nonetheless, the film’s star, Luke Evans, hopes to reappear as Dracula in future entries into the Dark Universe. He admitted that he doesn’t have any clue as to where the franchise is headed, but he’s still game to be involved.

“I think it was a really enjoyable process for me. I think it definitely had a few
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The Mummy Director Alex Kurtzman Isn’t Sure If He’ll Stay Involved In The Dark Universe

Earlier this year, the Tom Cruise-starring Mummy remake hit theaters. Admittedly, it was a film that not a lot of people were asking for, as we’d gotten our fix years prior with the Brendan Fraser remake. However, if there was one thing this film had that any previous incarnation didn’t, it was the prospect of a shared universe. Going straight into it, Universal planned on creating a self-proclaimed Dark Universe that would consist of many iconic monsters including the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, and many more.

Unfortunately, be it from the negative reviews of The Mummy, the lack of interest in a remake, or filmgoers’ aversion to the growing number of shared universes out there, but the film didn’t do well. When all said and done, it made less than $400 million worldwide, and likely last the studio north of $50 million. Suddenly, this
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Universal Pictures Wants Channing Tatum To Play Van Helsing in Their Upcoming Reboot

As you know, Universal Pictures is completely rebooting their classic Universal monster films and they are calling it the Dark Universe. We've already known that the vampire hunter Van Helsing is going to be a part of their big plans, and now they have a big actor that they hope to get on board. According to THR, That actor is Channing Tatum.

Tom Cruise was originally in talks to play Van Helsing before he was cast in The Mummy, which didn't do as well as the studio hoped it would. Regardless of it underperforming, the studio is going to press forward with their Dark Universe plans. Hopefully, the next movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, will be better.

I'd actually be ok with Tatum in the role of a young Van Helsing. The fact that they want him, gives us a little insight into the direction the studio wants to go with the character.
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Deborah Watling, Doctor Who Companion, Dead at 69

Deborah Watling, Doctor Who Companion, Dead at 69
Deborah Watling, best known to TV audiences for her work on the original incarnation of Doctor Who, has died following a short battle with lung cancer. She was 69.

Watling’s big break came in 1967, when she was cast as Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, on the landmark science-fiction program. She would vacate the role after 40 episodes, but would return for 1993’s Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time.

In addition to her work on Doctor Who, Watling appeared in countless TV programs. Her first significant role came in 1958, when she landed the part of Sally Watson in H.G. WellsInvisible Man.
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How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved

How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved
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
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Why it might be time to look beyond cinematic universes

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
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How to Save the Dark Universe

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,
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The Mummy Failed Due to Universal’s Bad Strategy

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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.

You need someone
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Dark Universe Cast Photo Was Photoshopped

Dark Universe Cast Photo Was Photoshopped
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
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Mummy Misfire Won't Change Dark Universe Plans

Mummy Misfire Won't Change Dark Universe Plans
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
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