In addition to the official logo and details for Universal’s shared universe of monster movies, titled Dark Universe, some details were released about two big names that will be staring in the Dark Universe Monster Movies.
Dark Universe will officially kick off on June 9th with The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Sofia Boutella. From there, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem have agreed to star in future projects. Johnny playing the Invisible Man and Javier taking on Frankenstein’s Monster.
In a press release, Donna Langley, the chairman of Universal Pictures, said that they take pride in the creativity necessary for reimaging Universal’s ‘iconic monsters’.
‘We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris (Morgan) and Alex (Kurtzman) will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers, and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny (Elfman’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.’
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan had this to say when discussing Universal approaching them with the prospect of reimagining classic monsters – they were as excited as we are.
‘When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures. 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.’
If all of that wasn’t exciting enough, USA Today reports that Danny Elfman, an Oscar-winning composer will create a score that goes along with the Dark Universe Logo which will open each film.
The Dark Universe is a franchise spearheaded by Prodigium. Dr. Henry Jekyll leads the organization and their mission is simple: track, study, and – when it’s necessary – to destroy evil in the form of monsters. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out a website that welcomes you to Prodigium!
Are you looking forward to seeing what’s to come from Dark Universe? Let us know.
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