Universal’s new Dark Universe franchise is going in hard. The first in the series, The Mummy, isn’t even out yet but the studio seems keen to get as many films in the pipeline as possible.
The series already has Bride Of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon and starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Creature) and The Invisible Man (starring Johnny Depp) lined up for the near future, as well as updated takes on Van Helsing, The Wolf Man and Creature From The Black Lagoon.
That list is about to get bigger, as Dark Universe producer and The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has confirmed that The Phantom Of The Opera and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame will be added to the end of it.
While confirming the news to Fandom on the press tour for The Mummy, Kurtzman also interestingly listed Dracula amongst the monsters being rebooted, suggesting that Dracula Untold does take place in the Dark Universe after all. Conversely, it could mean that Universal is going to have another go at bringing the vampire to life.
You can read the official synopsis for The Mummy here:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilisation: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy is in cinemas from 9 June. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.