Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.
But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.
And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”.
Originally, Kurtzman and Orci had planned to work on this project together, but the prolific screenwriting duo parted ways earlier in the year, effectively cancelling out that possibility.
Yesterday, Deadline reported that Kurtzman would be remaining with the project, and Morgan would be his new partner. According to the report, Kurtzman and Morgan (sounds like a law firm now) will be “architects” of this new franchise–and while it is not yet certain if the duo will actually be penning any of these films, they are reportedly gathering talent to “put together an interconnected slate of monster films.”
The report further states that they have a release date for the first of these classic monster reboots: A new iteration of The Mummy scheduled for release April 22, 2016.
I’ve been an old-school monster buff since before I started high school, so this certainly piqued my interest. Done right, it could be amazing–so long as they seek out talent with true reverence for the source material–which is how Marvel has maintained the quality of its films. I’m not a Fast and Furious fan, so I’m not sure about Chris Morgan, but I’m fair enough to give him a chance.
When it comes right down to it, there’s just ONE thing any modern day adaptation of the Universal Monsters needs to remember:
That’s right, folks: Wolfman’s got nards.