Universal Officially Announces Dark Universe Monster Movie Franchise

Posted 2017/05/23 3808 0

Universal Pictures' classic monsters shared universe is now officially known as the Dark Universe franchise.


On Monday, Comcast's Universal Pictures revealed new details about its own planned cinematic universe, a series of films with overlapping characters and plots based on iconic monster characters from literature and film such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, and others. Universal announced that the series of films is dubbed the Dark Universe, which will kick off with the latest movie version of The Mummy that stars Tom Cruise and opens in theaters in early June. Next in line is “Bride of Frankenstein,” which will be directed by “Beauty and the Beast's" Bill Condon.

Here is the official synopsis of what's to come:

Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multinational organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium's mission is to track, study, and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society... and will go to any length to contain it.

Dark Universe's core creatives are The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan (producer behind The Fast and the Furious Franchise), Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation director), and David Koepp (writer of 2002's Spider-Man).

Dark Universe casts Russell Crowe as the aforementioned Dr. Jekyll, Sofia Boutella as the titular mummy, and Tom Cruise as "soldier of fortune" Nick Morton. Universal is now officially connecting the dots of previously announced projects starring Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem; those actors will portray The Invisible Man and Frankenstein's Monster, respectively.

"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 spark the imaginations of brand-new ones," Kurtzman and Morgan said in a joint statement alongside the announcement.

In a video released on its website and Twitter, Universal teased a retrospective of the classic films to build hype for its “new world of gods and monsters.”