One of the more exciting “shared universe” ideas that’s been bandied about following the success of Marvel’s The Avengers is Universal Pictures’ plans to bring together some of their classic movie monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and presumably Frankenstein as well.
Late last year, Universal President Donna Langley said that the company’s slate will include new movies based on The Mummy, already in production, as well as new versions of Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman.
A couple years ago, Luke Evans starred in Dracula Untold with his own interpretation of Vlad the Impaler, who would be the basis for the legend of Count Dracula, and it had an end sequence that set up the opportunity for a shared universe by bringing Dracula into the present day.
When LRM spoke earlier today to Evans, who plays Scott Hipwell in Tate Taylor’s upcoming The Girl on the Train, we asked him if he’s heard any word on Drac’s return and the plans for a monster team-up.
This is what he told us:
“There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.”
Probably the most interesting aspect of what he told us was his mention of the Invisible Man, who Langley didn’t mention, but there has been a remake of that H. G. Wells classic in the works at Universal with Johnny Depp attached to play the Invisible Man for several years.
Recently, Javier Bardem had been in talks to appear in a new Frankenstein movie, and with Tom Cruise playing someone named “Tyler Colt” in the upcoming The Mummy relaunch and Dwayne Johnson rumored to being pursued to play The Wolfman, that could be a seriously star-packed monster mash-up. (Oddly, Cruise has also been attached to play Van Helsing in that planned reboot.)
Who knows how all of this will pan out with so many movies still to be made before they bring all the monsters together, but Evans’ response certainly bodes well for these plans.
What do you think of Universal’s plans to bring all their classic monsters back and whether Luke Evans’ Dracula will be able to stand-up to the likes of Depp, Cruise, Bardem and Johnson if they’re involved as well?
Look for the rest of our interview with Evans next week.