Originally published on Creators.co on June 6th, 2017
Universal’s latest reboot of The Mummy is due in theaters this upcoming Friday (going up against the highly anticipated A24 indie horror film It Comes At Night and Wonder Woman in its second week of release). It’s no secret that The Mummy film is meant to kick off Universal’s own cinematic universe (ala Marvel) called The Dark Universe. This is universe is meant to include Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Dracula, and now while making the promotional rounds for The Mummy, director Alex Kurtzman has revealed two more classic Universal Monsters they plan to add to the universe.
Speaking to Fandom, Kurtzman revealed that Universal wants to bring in The Phantom Of The Opera and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame into the “Dark” world.
Kurtzman said, “We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man.”
Before The Phantom of the Opera become a smash hit on Broadway and Disney gave their take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, they were horror films starring the silent film star Lon Chaney (father of future Universal Monsters, The Wolf Man star Lon Chaney Jr.) released in the years 1925 and 1923 respectfully. Both classics in their own right, Universal also did an update to the character of the Phantom in 1943. It remains to be seen whether or not the Hunchback and Phantom will get their own movies or will be supporting characters in a different movie like how Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (played by Russell Crowe) is in The Mummy.
Interestingly enough Kurtzman did not mention The Wolf Man as part of that slate of monsters. The Wolf Man is a character currently rumored to have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson circling the project.
In the same interview Kurtzman also name-dropped some big leading actors that he would like to bring into The Dark Universe,
“I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…” he says.
Currently Universal has cast Javier Bardem as Frankenstein and Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man. Angelina Jolie is rumored to be playing the Bride of Frankenstein and Bill Condon’s update on the original The Bride of Frankenstein is set for release Valentine’s Day weekend, 2018.