– by Joseph Jammer Medina
Back when the future looked bright for the Dark Universe.

2017 was a brutal year for the Dark Universe. Here was a shared universe that should have been kicked off with a bang with the Tom Cruise vehicle, The Mummy. However, instead, audiences and critics both disliked the movie, and as a result, it didn’t do so well at the box office.

The fallout wasn’t great. The horror-decorated Dark Universe studios was all but abandoned, and even the head producers on the project, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, left the project. At this point, the only film that seems to potentially be getting momentum is Bride of Frankenstein (and even the information from that is all hearsay).

It looks like the Dark Universe’s 2018 isn’t off to a great start, either. Speaking to Digital Spy, screenwriter Ed Solomon revealed that he had also stepped away from the Johnny Depp vehicle, The Invisible Man.

“At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be. We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting. I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and, ‘What is our real intention with it?’, and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good. So I’m not working on it.”

In short, this sounds like another one of those stereotypical “creative differences” moments, which is a cliché for a reason. In Hollywood, it’s not always easy to understand what someone wants, and more often than not, folks often realize too late that they’re thinking on completely different levels.

Does this make matters worse? Not necessarily. From the sound of it, this happened a long time ago, and hopefully, by now, they’re already well into the process of rethinking things. That being said, it’s not really good news. Perhaps it’s about time they put this Dark Universe out to pasture.

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

  • Vector

    Just stop trying Universal. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Let me take it over. I’ll star over fresh.
    Start off with a modern wolf man story. A guy can’t control his late night rage and is hunted. In the end he gets away, only to be found by one Count Dracula.
    In the next movie we follow a curse from ancient Egypt as it spreads what seems to be the biblical plagues. A team is sent to investigate and is soon caught up in a catacomb with a mummy who defends the secrets of these plagues. In the end the evil Pharaoh and his sorcerer and sent to Egyptian hell and the mummy is left all alone, until a vampire approaches his tomb.
    Next we will tell a story about a man who suffers and experiment and becomes…invisible. As he searches for a cure he discovers that his accident wasn’t so accidental. This will introduce us to Dr. Jeckyll who only hints at his curse.
    Next we go to lost island where a shipwrecked crew must struggle to find a way off the island be rescued. Little do they know that at the center of the island is Black lagoon that houses a monster who hunts them at night. When they critically wound the monster they see a ship I the distant. As use a make shift raft to get to it they are taken aboard. Only then is it revealed to be Dracula, Wolfman, and Mummy.
    The Tentpole film will have them pick up the Black Lagoon monster and set sail for America. It is here that they seek a scientist who is heir to a curse. Here we introduce Frankensteins grand son, who’s family fled to America after abominations he was experimenting with. His long time colleague is Dr. Jeckyll. After the monsters begin to attack evil serial killers and gangsters, Dr. Jeckyll goes on the prowl as Mr. Hyde and fights them, but is outnumbered. He then confides to Frankenstein and tells him about his past. He finds his grand fathers notes and makes a monster out of dead bodies. They also team up with invisible man at this point.
    They all fight in a showdown and just as Dr Frankenstein (not the monster) is about to stake Dracula, he reveals that they are there to battle a greater evil and seek redemption.
    Then we can bring out a big bad. Maybe a Babylonian god, maybe Baphomet. An army of demons gets raised (this could have been a hidden subplot throughout) and they all team up to fight this new dark universe that threatens to take over.

  • suckit15694

    “audiences and critics both disliked the movie”
    that movie was a steaming pile of shit !

    Its so easy . They should just watch Shape of Water . Make movies that have real people in it . Not Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise . Time period can be played with due to the nature of these characters . It has the potential to be a great project . It is so frustrating !

  • Food4Thought

    Bitch is posing like she accomplished something great.

  • jonathing
  • TheOct8pus

    This is still a thing?

  • J-man The Great

    Call me crazy, but here’s an idea…make one really good movie first, maybe two; THEN think about creating a universe. DC should try this tactic too.

  • Victor Roa

    wow, that’s sad. Universal has a long history of just producing big budget films without thinking, and like second guessing this is really a sign just how bad film industry is.

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.