Not too long ago, things seem to be looking up for Universal Studios and their Dark Universe. They’d looked at other universes like the MCU and thought their I.P.s would be a perfect fit for what they wanted to do. As cynical as I looked at the whole thing, even I was convinced this could work thanks to Tom Cruise’s involvement. Say what you will about the man, but he doesn’t really make a habit of starring in awful movies.
The Mummy came and went, and in spite of all the good faith I had going into it, I can safely say it was a pretty awful movie. And with that movies failure came the implosion of the Dark Universe as a whole. That ambitious slate of films starring a handful of big Hollywood stars including Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe disappeared in an instant. But what does director Alex Kurtzman have to say about the whole thing? Speaking with THR, he opened up about his harrowing experience:
“The Mummy wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I’m no longer involved in that and have no idea what’s going on with it. I look back on it now [and] what felt painful at the time ended up being an incredible blessing for me. I learned that I need to follow my own instincts, and when I can’t fully do that, I don’t think I can succeed. Those films are beautiful because the monsters are broken characters, and we see ourselves in them. I hope those are the movies that they make; I want to see them.”
As of right now, the Dark Universe seems to be dead — no surprise there, right? Though, like many people, I don’t think it needs to stay dead. As Kurtzman said above, these characters do work if handled properly, and Universal really needs to lean into each of their strengths rather than trying to contort it into another typical action franchise.
Would you still be up for a Dark Universe? If so, how would you want to see it turn out? Let us know down below!
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