Universal’s cinematic DARK UNIVERSE just got a whole lot darker as Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan depart after The Mummy bombs, leaving their plans dead in the water.
Just five months ago Universal released a cast photo showcasing a slew of stars like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem for the characters of the Invisible Man, Frankenstein and Wolf Man. Now it seems, the hype train has run out of steam as Universal decides what to do with the project.
Kurtzman and Morgan, who were hired as the monster universe architects departed the franchise to focus on other projects. Kurtzman will be focusing on television, as he has an overall deal with CBS involving more than half a dozen shows including CBS All Access” Star Trek: Discovery. Morgan has returned to the Fast and Furious franchise and is writing the spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Universal halted production on Bride of Frankenstein in early October, because execs felt the script by Bill Condon wasn’t ready. Condon is still attached to the project, but all work has halted and the February 14, 2019, release date has been shelved.
This is all due to the fact The Mummy performed poorly when released in June. The picture grossed $409 worldwide, with a budget of $125 million. This doesn’t even include marketing costs of at least $100 million.
Universal is continuing to explore their options. One option is offering the IP to filmmakers or producers with ideas for one-off movies not connected to a larger universe. Jason Blum’s name has been tossed around for the venture.
This is just another example of how incredible it is that Marvel has continued to pull off the MCU, now over 15 movies in. While Marvel makes it look easy, DC’s Extended Universe and the Dark Universe are proving, it’s really not so simple.
This was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern