Published On: Sat, Aug 19th, 2017

Alex Kurtzman ‘unsure’ about Universal’s Dark Universe

Despite poor reviews and a subpar box office performance in America for The Mummy, the film’s international success was thought to keep Universal Pictures’ The Dark Universe of films alive. Now Alex Kurtzman sounds unsure about the planned series of films.

“You know the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer,” The Mummy director told IGN.

“I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of’Star Trek if your passion isn’t there you shouldn’t be doing it.”

Kurtzman helmed the reboot of The Mummy with Tom Cruise to kick off the studios’ horror characters’ return to the big screen, earning over $400 million globally, but only $80 in the U.S.

Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were hired to create a series of linked films that will bring their iconic characters back to life on the big screen.


Johnny Depp was set to be playing The Invisible Man in a separate project and Angelina Jolie was wanted to direct and star in a Bride Of Frankenstein film.

Kurtzman previously said he wants to get Michael Fassbender in one of the films and confirmed what movies he hopes would be included in ‘The Dark Universe’.

He said: “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie.

“We know we’re going to do ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, ‘Dracula’, ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘Invisible Man’. There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off.”

Originally Javier Bardem – who was cast to star as Frankenstein – was approached to star as Dr. Jekyll opposite Cruise in ‘The Mummy’, but passed on it and Russell Crowe was given the role.

In June, the studio announced that Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon was announced to lead the Bride of Frankenstein film.

Other rumors: Channing Tatum to play Van Helsing in a film written by Eric Heisserer and Dan Mazeau.

From that press release: “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. For more visit: www.WelcometoProdigium.com.”

Bride of Frankenstein will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.



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