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