It looks like Universal’s planned, shared monster movie universe is finally starting to come together after all.
Following the casting of Tom Cruise in their 2017 reboot of The Mummy, Variety is now reporting that Russell Crowe is in talks to make an appearance in the film as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, before continuing on into a larger role in the rest of the cinematic universe. The film is set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman and also stars Sofia Boutella as the titular mummy, as well as Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and more.
That’s not all either.
The report also states that while other characters/actors, like Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man, will make their first appearances in their own standalone movies, there is a possibility of seeing a number of the iconic monsters in the 2017 Mummy reboot, in the hopes of launching their own standalone, spin-off franchises.
The reactions to the Universal Monster universe have been mixed from fans, to say the least, and while the studio has done a good job at bringing a number of A-list stars into their franchises, including Crowe now as well, it’s also sounding like the kind of Universal Monsters universe that they might not have wanted. Instead of the campy, old school monster fun that the properties were born out of, it’s sounding more and more like the studio is attempting to modernize and make the franchises themselves much darker, than I think a number of people want, myself included.
In a world where practically every studio is trying to create their own cinematic universe similar to what Marvel has done so well, this is one of the few that seems like it has the potential to be a fun, toy box collection of some of our favorite onscreen characters. I’m gonna wait until I learn more about the projects for now before I begin to pass on judgement to them, but I will say, that I’d very much rather seen a Victorian-style, old school hokey monster universe, than a modern day, gritty world with these characters.
The Mummy is set to hit theatres on June 9th, 2017.
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