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Universal's Dark Universe faces new threat

Simon Brew Nov 9, 2017

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
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Dark Universe's Future Seems Dark

  • Cinelinx
The Dark Universe seemed to be ready to rock and roll. Full of A-List stars, writers, and directors. However now it looks like we have already shut the door on the universe.

Shared universe’s are all the craze in Hollywood today. From the McU, to the DC Films Universe, to the Transformers. Universal was set to start their own. The first plan was with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. While not initially in the cards, they went back and added on a few scenes, once the Dark Universe was brought up. While it did not work very well, Universal scraped that, and made the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy the opening film in the universe.

Soon it was announced that along with Tom Cruise, Russel Crow, Johnny Depp, and Javier Bardem were now on board for the Dark Universe being written by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Bill Condon
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Universal postpones Bride of Frankenstein, Gal Gadot reportedly wanted if Angelina Jolie passes

After getting off to a rocky start with this year’s The Mummy, Universal Pictures has decided to postpone production on the next entry in its Dark Universe, announcing that filming on Bride of Frankenstein has been pushed back in order to focus on the screenplay.

“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” reads the official statement from Universal. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”

Condon had been working on pre-production on the movie in London, expecting to begin shooting this February. According to Deadline, both Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie – who are up for the
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Bill Condon reportedly looking at Gal Gadot for Bride of Frankenstein

  • JoBlo
The Mummy may not have gotten Universal's Dark Universe off to a rousing start, but, as far as we knew, the next film in the potential franchise was coming along just fine. Bill Condon's Bride Of Frankenstein was set to debut in 2019, but it was announced yesterday that Condon and Universal Pictures had decided to postpone the film due to script issues. "None of us want to... Read More...
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Gal Gadot Could Lead ‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’

With Universal pressing the brakes on “The Bride Of Frankenstein” at the eleventh hour (it was due to start shooting in February), many assumed that whole Dark Universe thing was over. One less cinematic universe to think about is a blessing. But alas, no one lets a potential franchise go.

The sticking point with Bill Condon‘s proposed movie seems to be casting.

Continue reading Gal Gadot Could Lead ‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’ at The Playlist.
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Universal pulls its Bride Of Frankenstein reboot from the schedule

In some bad news for the future of Universal’s Dark Universe, Deadline is reporting that the studio has pulled one of the series’ upcoming films—Bride Of Frankenstein—from its release schedule. Bill Condon is directing the movie, and it was supposed to start production in London in February, but Condon and Universal…

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Bride Of Frankenstein release date now delayed

Simon Brew Oct 6, 2017

Universal's Dark Universe collection of films now has no movie whatsoever with a fixed release date.

Yesterday, we reported that Universal was pulling away from the idea of an interlinked Dark Universe of classic horror reboots, with the news that Bride Of Frankenstein director Bill Condon was insistent his upcoming movie was its own thing. Following the disappointing response to The Mummy over the summer (a commercial success, but not a critical one), the Dark Universe has been in some degree of flux. And now the studio has opted to buy itself some time.

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Universal had set a release date of February 14th 2019 for the movie, which Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem are set to lead. But now that date is changing, as Universal has decided to postpone the film.
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Universal Presses Pause On Dark Universe & ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’

“I’ve got the same team together that made ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ and we’re building big sets and designing big set pieces, so it’s a pretty big movie…. We start on February 1st, 2018 so it’s the early days but just to be here in London, starting to see locations and to talk about sets that we’re building, it’s very exciting,” director Bill Condon told ComingSoon optimistically this week.

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Now Universal is downplaying its Dark Universe too

Simon Brew Oct 5, 2017

Following The Mummy, Bride Of Frankenstein's links to Universal's Dark Universe look like they'll be on the light side...

A week or two back came the news that Warner Bros was edging away from a tightly interlinked series of films as part of its DC Extended Universe. Moving forward, there’s going to be space for the films to be effectively standalone, as each individual story demands. The overarching universe building is going on the back burner.

Now, Universal appears to be rethinking its classic monsters cinematic universe too, that it had named the Dark Universe. After spending a few million on a posh logo and a Danny Elfman blast of music, the Dark Universe identity was formally debuted before last summer’s The Mummy. However, the negative response to the Tom Cruise-headlined reboot, along with criticism over its setting up of other films, appears
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Bill Condon on how his Bride of Frankenstein will subvert the original

  • JoBlo
Earlier today we learned just when production on Bill Condon's Bride Of Frankenstein will begin, as well as finding out that Angelina Jolie, whose name has been kicking around in regards to the title role for quite some time, hasn't yet been confirmed to star. While speaking with Collider, Condon added a few more details about the upcoming project, including how he plans on... Read More...
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John Landis Says Universal’s Dark Universe Disrespects Its Monsters

Legendary writer-director John Landis can be a divisive figure, but when it comes to ‘monster movies,’ his expertise is beyond reproach. Not only is he a world authority on the subject, but he also has a long-standing professional association with Universal, which is currently building its Dark Universe around monster movie remakes and re-imaginings. So, when John Landis says these films are disrespectful to their monsters, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

In his younger days, Landis worked his way up from the 20th Century Fox mailroom to become a director in his own right – making his debut in 1973 with Schlock, which was an homage to ‘monster movies.’ His long association with Universal began in 1978, with National Lampoon’s Animal House, and went on to include titles such as The Blues Brothers, Into The Night, Amazon Women On The Moon, Blues Brothers 2000 and An American Werewolf In London.
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The Mummy Director Teases “Brilliant” And Subversive Script For Universal’s Bride Of Frankenstein

Three weeks on from the announcement of Universal’s wildly ambitious Dark Universe and it seems any cautious optimism has now been replaced by a crippling feeling of dread – and we’re not just talking about the oncoming Princess Ahmanet and her reign of biblical terror.

Mere hours after industry polling service Nrg slashed its domestic forecast for The Mummy – down to $35 million from the original estimate of $40m – and the first reviews for Alex Kurtzman’s long-brewing reboot are beginning to find their way online. Spoilers: it’s not looking good. Whether this damning critical consensus has much of a bearing on the film’s box office performance will be told in time, but at least for now, Universal and Kurtzman – one of two architects pulling the strings behind the Dark Universe, the other being Chris Morgan – are still keen to construct a brave new world of gods and monsters.
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Newswire: Universal wants Hunchback and Phantom for its Dark Universe

Universal’s newly named Dark Universe hasn’t officially kicked off yet—the opening of The Mummy this weekend will signal that—but it keeps expanding nonetheless. In an interview with Fandom (via /Film) Alex Kurtzman, the man who is leading this effort to get people invested in the world of spooky characters, noted that in addition to the previously announced plans to make movies about the Bride Of Frankenstein, her husband, and the Invisible Man, the studio also wants to add a little Parisian flair to its lineup with the Hunchback Of Notre Dame and the Phantom Of The Opera. Alas, in these versions the tortured souls probably will not sing.

“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,” Kurtzman told Fandom. /Film also notes that Kurtzman’s statement seems
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Rumor: Angelina Jolie might be the new Bride of Frankenstein!

  • JoBlo
I've been on record about rooting for Universal's Dark Universe experiment, despite my misgivings of its debut effort, The Mummy. For instance, I am definitely intrigued about its proposed second movie, Bride Of Frankenstein directed by Bill Condon and starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's monster. But that raises the question: who's going to play the eponymous Bride? Well, in... Read More...
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Newswire: Universal wants Angelina Jolie to be its Bride Of Frankenstein

Universal Studios will kick off its shared monster universe with Tom Cruise and The Mummy next week, and depending on how well that reboot’s received, there are multiple action-horror hybrids rarin’ to go. The studio’s already lined up Russell Crowe for a possible Dr. Jekyll outing, Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man (but you’ll know him by his scarves), and has been eyeing Dwayne Johnson to play the Wolf Man. And for its Bride Of Frankenstein remake, Universal wants to pop the question to Angelina Jolie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio is still working up the nerve to ask Jolie, who recently alighted the Murder On The Orient Express adaptation. But we can see how the material might appeal to the Maleficent star—that is, if Universal moves forward with its female empowerment themes. Bill Condon is attached to direct from a script by David
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Legal threat to Universal’s Dark Universe

Simon Brew Jun 1, 2017

Warner Bros is said to be considering legal action over the 'Dark Universe' name...

With The Mummy kicking things off in earnest at the end of next week, Universal’s classic monsters cinematic universe will finally be up and running. It’s already confirmed that Bill Condon will be directing Bride Of Frankenstein in the boxset next, and many more productions are planned.

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But there’s a slight snag. Universal formally launched what it’s calling the ‘Dark Universe’ a week or two back, with a snazzy logo, a bit of Danny Elfman music and a posh animation. Now, though, comes the news that Warner Bros is considering a legal objection to Universal using that name.

Warner Bros had reportedly been planning to use the Dark Universe moniker itself,
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Empire Debuts Creepy New Shot Of Sofia Boutella’s Mummy

Universal has some very ambitious plans for their monster movies. That was made pretty clear this week when they finally made the whole thing official by announcing the Dark Universe. Set to be a shared cinematic universe not too different from what we’ve seen with Marvel and DC – except that it involves monsters instead of superheroes – it kicks off with The Mummy next month and will also include projects like The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein, among many, many others.

And that’s just the start. If this thing’s successful and the films end up performing well at the box office, you can also expect to see characters like the Wolf Man, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing get their own movies, too. It’s all very exciting, to be sure, and even though analysts are predicting a bit of an underwhelming box office opening for The Mummy,
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The Hitman's Bodyguard, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian, and more make our weekly movie news

The Hitman's Bodyguard, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian, and more make our weekly movie newsThe Hitman's Bodyguard, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian, and more make our weekly movie newsZachary Dent5/26/2017 4:46:00 Pm

A lot of new trailers, clips, and exciting news in general dropped this week! We've got it all coming at you to start the weekend off right.

We got some sad news this week, Sir Roger Moore passed away. Before we dive into our usual roundup of movie news we must acknowledge Roger Moore's illustrious career in Hollywood. He played the iconic character of James Bond 7 times between 1973 and 1985 (Live and Let Die, The Spy who Loved Me, and Moonraker being the most notable). He was the title character in the successful TV series The Saint. Many may also know him from the comedy The Cannonball Run. His career lasted decades but came to an end today when he passed away.
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8 Characters Who Need To Appear in Universal’s Dark Universe (And Who Should Play Them)

It’s not just superheroes who get their own cinematic universes anymore. Universal is about to get into the game by launching their collection of gothic monsters into a new shared movie franchise. As recently revealed, it’s officially called Dark Universe and will kick off with The Mummy. Starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella, the film will rise from its tomb on June 9th, and make no mistake about it, there will be plenty more where that came from.

The following movie will be Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster and directed by Bill Condon. Johnny Depp is also on board to play the Invisible Man in a separate project, while other films floating around will focus on the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing.

Anyone wondering whether a bunch of monsters can carry their own shared universe
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Universal Assembles The Dark Universe

Universal have announced some of the key players that will play a part in its monster movie cinematic universe titled 'The Dark Universe.' Beginning with the 'Mummy' which is due for release in the coming weeks, the second film has been unveiled as new version of 'The Bride Of Frankenstein with Bill Condon as the director and Javier Bardem playing Frankenstein's Monster.

A group shot was released of the current cast including Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet, The Mummy), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein's Monster) and Johnny Depp(the Invisible Man).

'The Mummy' arrives on June 9th with 'The Bride of Frankenstein' taking a 14 February 2019 date.

'The Mummy' Trailer
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