Universal's classic monsters cinematic universe may have been dealt a fatal blow by The Mummy...
Universal’s had quite a good year at the box office, but the one area where it’s really struggled is with the launch of its planned Dark Universe cinematic universe. This is the umbrella for its remakes of classic monster movies, that started – and potentially ended – with last summer’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.
Whilst The Mummy eventually scrambled together just over $400m in takings, its poor reviews and less than expected box office sent out warning signals. Then, writer/director Bill Condon distanced the next Dark Universe project, Bride Of Frankenstein, from the overall universe. And then Universal halted pre-production of his movie anyway, with Bride Of Frankenstein now going back for script work.
Now, though, a bigger problem. The creative heads of the Dark Universe project – Alex Kurtzmann