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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year wasn’t a great year for shared universes. In addition to the currently-dicey situation the DC Extended Universe finds itself in, 2017 was also a bad one for the Dark Universe — a universe that currently has one film to its name, The Mummy.

The Mummy was set to kick off a world that included Frankenstein’s monster, the Invisible Man, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and plenty of others. However, as we saw, audiences were less than happy with the product Universal cooked up.

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But is it possible that in an alternate world we could have gotten something a whole lot more interesting? Speaking with the New York Times, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro opened up about his one regret as a creative, and it had to do with the very monsters whose movies are now in jeopardy.

“The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007, when Universal in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said do you want to take over the Monster Universe? And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it. That I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent. That’s the only thing.”

I’ll be the first to admit that Guillermo del Toro isn’t always the strongest filmmaker. Sure, he’s done great stuff like Blade II and Pan’s Labyrinth. But for every one of those films, we got a Pacific Rim or (I know I’ll get heat for this) Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

However, if there is one genre where del Toro has a home, it’s horror. To actually see him utilize their characters as horror-centric pieces (not to mention horror-centric pieces with potential German Expressionistic visuals) would have been an amazing thing for fans, the industry, and Universal.

Perhaps it’s not too late? Perhaps del Toro can drop Fantastic Voyage and take the helm on Creature From the Black Lagoon? We can only dream.

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SOURCE: New York Times

  • axebox

    Del Toro’s Pacific Rim I thought was great. However, I do understand why some people didn’t like it. Very valid points. For me, the positives far outweigh those negatives.

    • Saranac

      Awful movie, awful idea.

      • TheOct8pus

        Awful movie, great idea that got way too fucked up

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Fair enough

  • axebox

    In terms of The Mummy, wasn’t The Wolfman supposed to kick off the shared universe? It’s too bad because while that movie was flawed the character himself was really cool. They could have totally made a sequel with that version of the character, and they still can! Likewise, I liked all the characters they introduced in The Mummy. I don’t understand why DC never used the Batman Begins version of Batman, the Superman Returns version of Superman or the Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern. Even if their movies aren’t the best (let’s face it it’s hard to make these genre films) at least they introduced great characters. It’s sad that studios can’t see this.

  • Saranac

    This is what he regrets? He should regret not redeeming the Hellboy franchise and making Pacific Vomit. Of which the only good thing was that my buddy and I often cause uncomfortable awkwardness when we introduce each other like: “This is Paul, my drift-compatible partner, somehow we survive away from each other…”

    • Knight Rider

      Now people decide what others should regret too? Seems a bit unfair, doesn’t it?

      • Saranac

        Nope, because Pacific Rim was dumb. He also ruined the Hobbit.

        • Knight Rider

          Thank you for replying to my rhetorical question.
          Also, Peter Jackson ruined The Hobbit. Del Toro gave us what’s arguably the best fantasy film of its decade: Pan’s Labyrinth.

          • Saranac

            He did do that. IMO these guys need to finish what they start before they get”bored” or look to the next big thing.

  • Hervoyel

    I loved The Golden Army and it gets better every single time I see it.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.