The Universal Monster Universe Starts With The Mummy
December 16, 2016 - Sci-fi,
The UMU will contain some old heros
Everyone wants a “universe” to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, soon we will have the Universal Monster Universe (UMU?) which will begin with Tom Cruise in The Mummy. The Mummy will be a reboot of Mummy franchise and the first installment of the new Universal Monsters shared universe. Arriving in theaters this summer (June 9th, 2017) the foundation will be laid for several other properties.
Having been forgotten and collecting dust for sometime, there are several (very) classic films in the Universal Pictures vault. Some titles are a bit cliche, yet others like Dracula were just released a few years ago. Speaking of, we were under the impression that Dracula Untold (2014) was going to be the kick off to the UMU, but no.
Members of the Universal Monster Universe
Other monsters in the UMU include The Invisible Man, who last appeared in 1944. The Wolfman, Frankenstein (and his Bride), and Van Helsing. Surprised by the last one? Last seen in 2004, a notorious monster hunter in the shape of Hugh Jackman, was sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula. Turns out he was using Dr. Frankenstein’s research and Wolfman for some thing not good – sinister actually.
The plan moving forward now, and starting with The Mummy will be to bring these characters into modern times. Then carefully interweave their stories to cross-promote one another. Noah Hawley (Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black) will join Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman in a scrum of screenwriters. According to Cinema Blend the team collectively called “Monster Men” will be, “operating like a television-show writer’s room to brainstorm an interlocking monster universe drawing on the popularity of Universal’s classic monster properties.”
One has to wonder how many of these UMU members will make an appearance in The Mummy. This launch might be thin on the details for the other monsters. Rumors say The Wolfman who first appear in 1941 is closest to being the follow up film. It will be an interesting challenge to bring some of these very vintage, baggage laden characters back to life.