Dark Universe Producers Jump Ship
Universal is viewing the future Dark Universe movies as something more "filmmaker-driven."
If you’ve watched The Mummy reboot, you saw this news coming miles off. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s crack at a cinematic monster universe called Dark Universe, just lost two writer-producers: Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman.
Apparently their contracts with Universal simply ended and they are now working on other unrelated projects. For Morgan, that means the Fast and Furious franchise with the upcoming spinoff to star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Kurtzman will be back on board with the Star Trek: Discovery series, of which he is the executive producer. His deal with CBS actually includes “more than a half-dozen shows.”
As to the Dark Universe itself, the follow-up film to The Mummy was supposed to be the Bride of Frankenstein. However it was cancelled in early October, due to a script that apparently “wasn’t ready.” The script was written by director Bill Condon, known for his work on Dreamgirls, Kinsey, and the live-action Beauty and the Beast from this year.
Then The Mummy crashed and burned at the box office, barely breaking even. Never mind the exorbitant costs to revamping the Dark Universe’s office building. Though it now looks spectacular and belongs on a Universal theme-park ride, it is empty.
According to Universal president of production Peter Cramer, the company is viewing the future Dark Universe movies as something more “filmmaker-driven” rather than all connected to a larger universe. Meaning that Universal is probably going to hand out the IPs to other directors and producers willing to take on the project without the obligation to connect each movie in some way.
Cramer adds that the company is not trying to rush things by any means and “will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.” Good news if you’re looking forward to a revamp of the old classic monsters. Some of which are somewhere between genuinely terrifying to a study in the history of film. I’ll never forget how Nosferato is so darn German and heavy handed in the Expressionism department.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter