Universal Relaunches Classic Movie Monster Franchises With Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan

By July 16, 2014
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If you’re a fan of classic horror like I am, you’ve seen all the old Universal monster films like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature of The Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy. According to Deadline, we’re about to get to revisit from some of these titles.

Universal is reportedly in the early stages of reviving some of these titles with a plan to “expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories,” and it’s being envisioned as a Marvel-style series of films that will operate “in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.” The two men who will lead the charge on developing these movies are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman is flying solo (his former writing partner was Roberto Orci) this time around, though you’re likely familiar with his work in Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is behind five of the Fast and the Furious films. (I’m an insanely huge fan of those, so I’m totally on board.)

Bride of Frankenstein

According to the site, the first film up will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Though we don’t know yet if either one of these guys will write, apparently they’re going to start nabbing talent for the projects, so we should be hearing more about this soon. These characters are some of Universal’s biggest draws, so it should be interesting to see how they all come together in a connected universe.

So, which classic monster movie franchises do you want to see back on the big screen? Are you excited about this development? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.