Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.
Universal Pictures just announced that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation, beginning with next month’s The Mummy, will be known as the Dark Universe. Furthermore, they’ve officially confirmed that several HUGE stars are on board to star in the subsequent films in the brand new universe.
The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem. They join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy along with Sofia Boutella.
Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein, to be released in February 14, 2019.
At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national 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.
The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, out on June 9.
Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner® Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).
Check out the Dark Universe logo below!