Earlier this summer, Universal Pictures announced that the studio would be relaunching its classic movie monsters (Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, etc.) in a new series of interconnected films, in an obvious effort to ape the success of Marvel’s serialized big screen storytelling. Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (The Fast & Furious franchise) are the masterminds behind these new films, and Kurtzman will direct the first one out of the gate, a remake of The Mummy.
Now word comes from Deadline that “Fargo” series creator and showrunner Noah Hawley will be writing one of the new Universal monster movies, though which one he’ll be scripting is still a mystery. Hawley just won an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries for the first season of “Fargo,” and he has a new novel called “Before the Fall” that’s just been optioned by Sony. Deep in a piece about the “Before the Fall” pickup, Deadline says: “Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.”
That’s all the info we have right now, but I absolutely loved Hawley’s “Fargo,” which showed that he’s adept at playing in a pre-existing world but that he’s able to put his own spin on things, too. He sounds like a great fit to me, and I’m fascinated to see if Universal’s ambitious plan to relaunch these old monsters will be able to come close to what Marvel has done with its interconnected cinematic universe.
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