The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera are officially joining Universals’ Monster universe. The two newly announced reboots are set to unite with, Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Shared Universes are all the rage at the moment with Marvel Studios and DC popularising the concept. This isn’t the first time a cinematic monster universe has been created at Universal, however. While many associate the term ‘shared cinematic universe’ with the super-hero studios, throughout the 1920s to the 1950s, Universal Studios created what was known as ‘Universal Monsters’ or ‘Universal Horror’. Much like the newcomer ‘Dark Universe’, Universal Monsters was a shared universe featuring horror, suspense and science fiction films.
Universal already has some big names aboard its projects. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe will lead The Mummy, Javier Bardem will star in Bride of Frankenstein, and Johnny Depp will join The Invisible Man. But Kurtzman’s super-star wishlist doesn’t stop there. The filmmaker announced that he would love to see big names such as Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie join Dark Universe.
Kurtzman’s The Mummy is set to hit theatres June 9. Stay tuned for more Dark Universe news as it comes.