We have known this is coming for some time but overnight to coincide with the Sydney launch of the new Mummy Film Universal Studios has released details on it’s shared movie monster universe – Dark Universe.
Details on how it ties together are fairly loose right now with a lot of detail concerning casting and direction. However, we do know that Mummy director Alex Kurtzman will act as the Kevin Feige of the shared universe which starts in the Mummy released in June.
A current casting line up was released with some details around creatives such as Beauty and the Beast (and Twilight Breaking Dawn) director Bill Condon announced for Bride of Frankenstein, writers David Koepp (Jurassic Park) & Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow/Usual Suspects) also being involved.
While not completely clear as to how many films will be in the franchise but we do know following the Mummy the next film, Bride of Frankenstein, will be a 2019 release. Given that rate of one movie every 2 years, you can probably expect an Infinity Wars style event around 2030.
Is this the full line up? Probably not as Universal Monster movies also extend to the Wolfman, the Phantom of the Opera and the Creature from the Black Lagoon as reminded by the legacy trailer which Universal also put out last night. Not to mention Godzilla and King Kong.
Will Godzilla/King Kong connect to this universe? Fans of that series may know Project Monarch as the government type organisation who investigates those threats, hidden in the Dark Universe site we also found the Prodigium logo.
*Spoilers* Prodigium is a group who recognise, contain, examine and destroy evil, of which Crowe & Cruise are connected to in the Mummy. Perhaps Prodigium & Monarch are the way these universes will connect?
But what do you think? Are you going to wait until you see the Mummy to know how you feel about all this? Are you a diehard monster movie fan? Tell us in the comments below!
The Mummy is released in Australian cinemas on June 9th this year with the Bride of Frankenstein currently holding a Valentine’s Day, 2019 release.