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.
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