The Dark Universe is an ambitious project that was intended to create another giant cinematic universe in the film world. A slate of films was announced with monsters we’ve all been scared of at one point. Before The Mummy flopped, it was also announced that there would be big screen adaptations of Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster.
Back in June, The Mummy came out in what became another Hollywood flop for the Summer. Unfortunately, the financial backlash of the movie cost upwards of $95 million for Universal. This is where the danger of movie universe’s sets in. Many had their sights set on the Invisible Man with Johnny Depp set to star in it due to the lack of satisfaction brought by The Mummy. A lot of the criticism was based around the movie’s lack of substance with its focus too narrow on setting up future sequels.
Now the Dark Universe has taken another blow. The Invisible Man has lost writer Ed Solomon. DigitalSpy has spoken with him recently and asked him about the occurrence. He replied:
At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be,” Solomon told the site. “We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting.
I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and, ‘What is our real intention with it?’, and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good. But I’m not working on it.
His statement talks about how Universal is questioning themselves over their plans for the Dark Universe. The Mummy did its number and now they really need to come up with a good plan. As they figure it out, the hunt is on for a new writer to get the Invisible Man a script that they believe will be great. DigitalSpy also talked to the president of production for Universal Studios on what was going on with the universe and where it stands. He talked about how it has been a learning process this far. See the full quote below:
We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision. We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.
This could really give them a leg up in theaters if they nail the next movie. With some more effort, I really believe they can make something memorable here. The idea is fantastic, now it’s just the execution.
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– JB Baker
Source – DigitalSpy