Last year, we reported that Universal was planning on returning to the Universal Monsters that fans hold so near and dear. However, there was a slight addendum to their announcement in that they planned on taking the films into a more “action-adventure” route, a lá Dracula Untold. Well, we all know how that turned out…
However, there may be reason to cling to hope as Alex Kurtzman, who will be the executive producer and director of the upcoming adaptation of The Mummy, is saying that horror isn’t out of the picture and that we should indeed be ready for some scares!
Kurtzman stated at the TCA March Of Death:
I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies…We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.
Devin Faraci over at Birth.Movies.Death. states that he’s read an early draft of the film and that there are some horrific elements to the script, although not the kind we want. In fact, it sounds rather worrisome.
Hopefully Universal will give the films the attention to detail that they deserve. It was all about story and atmosphere. Studios these days seem to focus on just one, skimping out on the other, which is a damn shame.