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Johnny Depp & Javier Bardem Join The Monsters Universe

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Universal’s monsters development takes a dark turn and gain two new members.

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Sean Wall

Universal is attempting to recreate the classic shared universe of monsters that shaped cinema during the time when film began to explore the monster genre. From Frankenstein to Count Dracula, the classic monster films were done so well the audience grew afraid making you believe if they exist the world would live in terror. Today, Universal Pictures has announced that their new shared monster universe has a been titled “Dark Universe”. The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme that will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy which will be released on June 9th.

In the video it mentions that Alex Kurtzman, core creatives, and will serve as director and producer of the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, The Mummy. Chris Morgan will also serve as producer who wrote for the sixth film of the Fast and Furious franchise, which claimed the biggest opening in history at the global box office during its April 14th opening. Along with them comes Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park) to entertain the new generation with the monsters of the Dark Universe.

Chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley provided her vision and thoughts about the Dark Universe,

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the re-imagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter that right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start”.

You have to ask yourself is the new generation patient to see the build of the classic monster universe. The reason it worked before is because it was showcased to a non-sensitized audience of sci-fi, action, and paranormal films. However with producers like Kurtzman and Morgan experienced in dealing with adapting to the new generation this new monster universe could work. Here’s what they had to say:

“When Universal approached us with the idea of re-imagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and speak the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

With this newly developed monster universe “Dark Universe” taking shape, the studio would confirm that Bride of Frankenstein will be directed by Bill Condon. The Oscar winner Bill Condon would come off his worldwide mega film Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s biggest hits crossing $1 billion at the global box office and became the most successful musical of all time. Joining Condon in the Bride of Frankenstein is Koepp and will be released on February 14th, 2019. The actress who will portray the bride in this classic will soon be announced.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”


(From left to right): Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Sofia Boutella; apart of the new monster Universe “Dark Universe” | Credit: Universal Pictures

The last bit of news of this already divulging development is the studio confirming that Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem will be joining the “Dark Universe”. They will be appearing together in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Depp and Bardem will portray The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster. They will be joining Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar Russel Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who will be appearing in the all-star cast of The Mummy with Sofia Boutella as The Mummy.

You may ask yourself how will the “Dark Universe” be a shared universe it’s the principle that lies within the films itself. The Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious organization known as Prodigium. This shadowy organization is led by the brilliantly mysterious Dr. Henry Jekyll. The main mission of this organization is to track, study and destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in the world (when necessary of course). Prodigium will go through incredible lengths to protect the public from knowledge of the evil that exists in the civil world by working outside the confines of the government.

The Dark Universe has finally come to light for the world to see. You can also visit a viral site for the organization connected to the Dark Universe.


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