Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.
Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. While talking to IGN, one half of the team, Orci, were asked to update the progress on all those Universal monster movies, including the kick-off, a remake of the 2004 dud Van Helsing.
“There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe, Orci said. “We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake.”
As for which monster Orci himself is interested in seeing get made, he’s more than ready to play favorites. “I love Frankenstein just because it’s such a twisted, complicated monster,” said Orci. “A monster that’s not really a monster.”
Right now, the status of the films includes Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in negotiations to make a Tom Cruise-starring Van Helsing, and Mama director Andres Muschietti is in talks to unwrap The Mummy.
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Source: Coming Soon