This summer, the Universal Monster Universe kicks off with Alex Kurtzman's reboot of The Mummy. While there are plans to introduce the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and others into this new cinematic world, it sounds as though these films will be a little less connected than those seen in other movie universes.
Speaking with our friends over at Collider, Chris Morgan, who will guide the shared universe along with Alex Kurtzman, discussed how each entry will be designed as a standalone feature.
“We kind of designed them all to be kind of standalone sorts of franchises that have kind of similar things between them. And as the scripts came in, then we started putting them in a, ‘Well this would be a good order. We reveal this here’ so now it really comes down to, again, it’s a studio decision on which film is coming out next. Just with all the films we’re working on, Bride of Frankenstein,Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, Invisible Man, and on and on and on, it’s a real embarrassment of riches in terms of awesome, fun characters. I always say it this way: I’m in my office right now and I’ve got a Werewolf head mounted on the wall. It’s pretty good to come into your office and—that’s what you’re working with, you’re working with monsters that are 80, almost 100 years old. There’s a real legacy, a real respect, the fact that this studio, I don’t think, would have lasted if it wasn’t for the monsters, it really built up.”
So, judging by Morgan's comments, fans shouldn't expect any movie monster mash-ups between Universal's rebooted creatures - but they'll all inhabit the same universe.
What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?
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