I’m getting real worried about all of these shared universes…
After the recent announcement that Hasbro would be turning five of their most popular toy lines into a shared cinematic universe, Universal Studios continues to move forward with their monster universe as well, that will remake and combine some of cinema’s most iconic movie monsters/creatures into one (hopefully) cohesive onscreen world. Being shepherded along by writers Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) who have been tasked with orchestrating this near-impossible feat too, the studio is looking to recapture the same magic effect that Marvel has experienced with their films… only with monsters…
Because why not right?
After recently grabbing both Tom Cruise and Kingsman star Sofia Boutella for their 2017 reboot of The Mummy too, it looks like Universal is beginning development on another one of their newest remakes. According to a new report by Variety, writer and director David Koepp (Premium Rush) has officially signed on to pen the script for The Bride of Frankenstein. Koepp will apparently be following the narrative lead by Kurtzman and Morgan as well, and will make the film take place in the modern day, so it can cross-over with the other franchises.
Angelina Jolie has been rumored to be Universal’s top choice for the title role as well, and while I don’t necessarily mind that casting, I really don’t know how I feel about a modern day reimagining of this film. Part of what I love about all of those old school monster movies is their setting and often hokey tones. I’m not saying that I can’t imagine these characters interacting with each other because I can, easily (just look at Penny Dreadful), but the idea of all of this taking place in separate movies…. and in the modern world, seems to be taking basically all of the fun out of these properties.
Anyways, that’s my two cents. What studios need to realize, is the reason Marvel managed to make their plans work was because they took advantage and built off of the numerous decades of mythology and history that had been created in the comics before then. So if Universal is planning on really going full force with this universe, then I hope they have the foresight to capitalize on the history of these characters, without trying to conform to other blockbuster formulas. A shared monster universe could be cool, I just don’ t know for sure if this one is going to be.
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