Since the release of this year’s The Mummy, there’s been rumours that Universal’s plans for a Dark Universe are dead in the water – however, today The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the potential new movie universe has been completely scrapped.
It has been reported that Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, Johnny Depp’s The Invisible Man, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon remake have all been cancelled in the wake of The Mummy’s incredibly poor reception from critics and audiences alike.
THR has also said that the would-be architects of this Dark Universe, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, have both moved on to bigger and probably more stable projects. Kurtzman is executive producing Star Trek: Discovery, while Morgan is writing The Rock’s Fast and Furious spinoff.
There’s also this:
“Emblematic of Dark Universe’s problems is the tony office building on the Universal lot that was revamped at considerable expense for the new venture. After being decked out in monster regalia, it now sits mostly empty.”
An interesting side note to this is that Universal is currently considering other options for the project. The first option involves them making one-off Uni-Monsters films that have absolutely no connection to each other. Another involves bringing in Jason Blum, uber-producer. And yet another option involves finding someone else to perform a complete overhaul on the Dark Universe concept – but it seems unlikely.
For the moment, however, it seems that there won’t be a Dark Universe after all.