In what was to be the next great cinematic universe, Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ got off on a bad start with the first release of this universe, “The Mummy” (2017). Now there appears to be turmoil on the Universal lot as the people who can be considered the fathers of this “Dark Universe”, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have departed the franchise.
Kurtzman directed and co-wrote the only film in the franchise alongside Morgan, which was deemed a critical failure. Production for ‘The Bride of Frankenstein” had been canceled as well, so the question now becomes, Is the “Dark Universe” dead? For now it appears so, even though Universal has allegedly started to look at other “potential big name filmmakers/producers” to hand them the franchise. One of the names being thrown out is Jason Blum, from “Blumhouse”. Even though the idea of a shared universe is probably dead, Universal is focusing now on the characters in individual films.
A number of high profiled actors were set to star and reprise their roles in the franchise, such as: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise, and Russell Crowe. What are your thoughts on the “Dark Universe” as a whole? Would you like to see a production company such as Blumhouse take over individual properties? Let us know at @SuperBroMovies. –Kenneth Colon