Universal Exec Agrees That Dark Universe Was A Failed Experiment

Did you hear? That little thing called the Dark Universe didn’t do so well. It was meant to be kickstarted by the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy. Sadly, we all know what happened there. The movie was terrible — and that’s coming from someone who really wanted it to succeed. It flopped at the box office and along the way, left the mangled corpses of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and more in its wake.

It’s been years since it happened and we’re still talking about it. However, while it’s been widely acknowledged as a big failure, there hasn’t been a lot said  on the matter from actual executives at Universal. This is understandable. In the wake of the whole thing, no one really wants to linger on it, and you have to wait for some of those wounds to heal…but what did they think?

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During an exec’s roundtable, Donna Langley spoke on the matter.

“We had an attempt at interlocking our monsters and it was a failed attempt. What we realized is that these characters are indelible for a reason, but there’s no urgency behind them and certainly the world was not asking for a shared universe of classic monsters. But we have gone back and created an approach that’s filmmaker-first, any budget range.”

She’s correct on that front. Right now, The Invisible Man is set to hit theaters this weekend, we’re getting an Invisible Woman film from Elizabeth Banks, and Bride of Frankenstein is now back in the works. Better to lean into each individual character strength, as opposed to trying to force a square peg into a round hole. As excited as I was for the Dark Universe, maybe this is for the best.

What do you think of the whole Dark Universe situation? Are you sad it didn’t work out or do you think tackling each character individually is the way to go? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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