By hook or by crook, Universal is determined to make the Monsters cinematic universe a thing. The Tom Cruise MUMMY reboot is already in post-production, and Johnny Depp signed on to the INVISIBLE MAN remake back in February. As much as this whole world screams cash grab, there is something pretty cool and amazing about this idea. In a way, these monsters have always seemed to exist within the same universe, and doing so in the modern era kind of feels like a natural way to treat them. Plus, the studio certainly seems to be making all the right initial steps, between the slow rollout and signing of amazing talent.
Now Universal has thrown up another date on the calendar for an untitled Monsters movie: February 15, 2019. This film is set to have Alex Kurtzman -- who is perhaps best known for his extensive writing work, and is currently directing THE MUMMY -- and Chris Morgan (FURIOUS 7) involved, though as far as what their involvement entails hasn't been revealed. Another date floating around is April 13, 2018. All that we know of that one is that it will be a Monster flick, and while it seems natural to assume that's the slot for INVISIBLE MAN, this has yet to be confirmed.
Universal has definitely been slow to roll out the details and schedule for this budding new franchise, but perhaps it's best that way. After all, this is a universe not many movie fans seem to have a lot of faith in, as these monsters really haven't been too profitable for the studio in recent years, so it's not as though they can guarantee their success. Like Marvel back in 2008, Universal will really have to work to get the faith from viewers. However, this new date does seem promising.
As mentioned above, THE MUMMY is a film that is currently in production, and there's a good chance that the studio has seen a decent amount of footage. That they continue to roll out these dates seems to indicate they have a certain amount of faith in everything they're seeing. Whether or not this concept will work remains to be seen, but most of the news is quite positive.
What do you think? Are you excited for this Monsters Cinematic Universe? What do you think this untitled film from Kurtzman and Morgan is? Let us know your thoughts down below!
The inaugural film in this franchise, THE MUMMY, is due to hit theaters on June 9, 2017.
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