The Universal Monsters Will Rule Once More!

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Even though we clamor for original horror, Hollywood being in full-on franchise mode could work to our advantage.

If you go all the way back to 1931 you’d see the birth of the franchise, where Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde spawned many of sequels. In years following, Universal Pictures also unleashed The Wolf Man, The Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and even The Mummy. They have become known as the “Universal Monsters.”

Even though the studio has already dabbled in remakes – from The Wolfman to The Mummy – word has it they’re determined to revive them all, again, in a way similar to how DC and Marvel have been creating massive superhero blockbusters.

Says Deadline, Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage.

The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library.

While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.

They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.

With The Mummy being the first on the slate, which Universal Monster do you want to see revived next? And how could all of these monsters be united – in a new Van Helsing? This is beyond exciting news!

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  • AlanMorlock

    Ugh fuck Kurtzman so damn much. Him and Orci are awful and yet somehow find themselves attached to everything.

    • Nick M.

      Yeah its weird that they are such ‘popular’ writers. I only things Ive liked that they have done is Star Trek (writers) and Fringe (co-creators). Most of their other stuff ranges from mediocre to crap imo.

  • Nick M.

    Wait so Dracula Untold won’t be connected?

  • Killyoself Asap

    Remaking those classic films n putting them together would be cool. I’d like to see a modern day, big budget, ‘Frankenstein meets the wolfman”

  • Red Right Return

    As long as it is scary. They are, “monsters”, after all. Make them horror movies. Don’t make them super heroes.

  • Dick Pickman

    I’m not eager to see monster mash-ups. Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon don’t belong in the same movie… that’s just ridiculous.

  • Marco Arizpe

    I’d like to see a proper Frankenstein or Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m very curious how they’ll do The Mummy.

  • a very British hamster

    AMAZING! As long as they stay well grounded within the HORROR genre.
    With the guys working on F&F and transformers franchise leading it, I would hope they would stand back and let people who truly know what they’re doing in this genre work.

    People like Guillermo Del Toro and Scott Derrickson!

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  • VictorCrowley

    I would really like to see Dracula done up right. More in the Bram Stoker vein (pun intended) with a little Lugosi mixed in. But nothing like anything that has come out since Christopher Lee stopped playing the part. IMO, the character went to total shit after that.

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  • JLC

    Just remake the monster squad and all will be good

  • prettyscary

    The creature!!!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com Ogre

    I got my first taste of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Creature from the first Castlevania game when I was a kid, they should just make an awesome Castlevania movie (or trilogy) and work them all in. Or, better yet, do a shared Universal Mosters series and a bunch of Castlevania movies on top of that.

  • baronterror

    This is a dream come true. No matter what, this is what I’ve been wating for. My Pantheon of choice has always been the Universal Monsters. Not DC, Not Marvel, ect. I’m a monster kid and I want this to work.

  • brewers_rule

    I don’t know about this. I’d prefer for them to try to stay as close to the original material & storylines as possible with these updates and then mold them into a cohesive world if that’s their plan but with this material, it’s hard to avoid getting over the top to get the modern audience’s interest. They tried with Benicio del Toro’s The Wolfman which I thought was a great movie but it wasn’t received well so I’m not sure the modern audience will accept them unless they do a Van Helsing-like over the top approach, thus straying from the original character roots a lot. I myself did like Van Helsing for what it was but it certainly didn’t capture the original lure of the characters as they first emerged in the 1930′s either. Six and one-half dozen either way, I guess. Stay classic or Transformer-it-up for modern audience success.