Despite Tom Cruise’s Mummy reboot bombing at the box office, Universal Pictures is chugging along with more movies after the death of the Dark Universe, their cinematic universe featuring the classic Universal Monsters.
The Dark Universe was expected to have Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Angelina Jolie as Bride of Frankenstein, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, and Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man.
Dark Universe had been all but scrapped after Mummy’s terrible reception as they replaced Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man, handing the project over to Upgrade’s Leigh Whannell to rewrite/direct and is currently filming in Australia.
Deadline reports that their second film might be one titled Dark Army from Paul Feig (Last Christmas, Bridesmaids, Spy).
The studio has just made a deal to develop Dark Army, a monster movie that Paul Feig will write and direct based on an original idea by the director of Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat, Ghostbusters and A Simple Favor.
After The Mummy underwhelmed, the studio veered from the original ideal of an interconnected universe of star-driven films, and instead is favoring films driven by filmmaker passion that has connective tissue to Uni’s Classic Monsters legacy.
I’m told the project will include characters from Universal’s classic monster library and original characters created by Feig.
Paul Feig is mostly known for his comedic outings and I’m sure after the handling of Ghostbusters would certainly make horror fans a little nervous. It might be interesting to see them create a new monster or concept instead of just rebooting all the classic ones.
Then again, anyone is better than Alex Kurtzman.
Other projects that had been in development stages at the studio include The Wolfman, Van Helsing, and Bride of Frankenstein.