You can’t keep a good monster movie franchise down. At least, that’s what the folks at Universal Studios would want us all to believe. Though their new “Dark Universe” didn’t kick off with as much fanfare as they would have hoped with this summer’s release of The Mummy, the studio that brought us all the original monster movies is moving forward with their plans, and they have announced who they are eyeing to take on the role of Van Helsing in an upcoming film.
It was supposed to be the all-star kick-off to a brand new shared universe, “a new world of gods and monsters,” but that woman persisted at being the top of the domestic box office… Yes, Wonder Woman ruined The Mummy‘s opening weekend by holding on to the number one slot, and making $25 million more than the Tom Cruise action/horror flick. So how does this affect Universal Studios‘ plans for that Dark Universe they’ve been so keen on? Has The Mummy’s less than stellar opening dissuaded them from their monster-verse, or will they carry on with other films in the series? (more…)
Nowadays, it seems like everything has their own cinematic universe. You gotta give Marvel (and now DC) credit for fully implementing the idea of a coherent universe, spread across multiple films expanding the narrative for each of their films in the subsequent films. Of course, they weren’t the first ones to do it. Way back in the 1920s, Universal Studios made a series of films based on the classic monsters including: Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Invisible Man, and many others. Now, it looks like Universal is going back to the well with planned reboots of these monsters in their new shared universe: Dark Universe.
With production and distribution rights belonging to New Line Cinema and not Warner Bros, the question remains… Is Shazam part of the DC Movie Universe, or not? New Line’s Toby Emmerich made some comments a while back indicating that the character may become a standalone franchise that sits apart from any other built up Universe. But, alas, a new post from DC has now upset the applecart, suggesting that Shazam might actually be part of the DC Universe, alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. So, the ultimate question on our minds now – is if the character going to be an active group participant in The Justice League? (more…)
Earlier today I had the pleasure of writing an update piece about Guillermo del Toro and his continuing attempts to get a Hulk television series and the At the Mountains of Madness project going. Now, it looks like the guy just isn’t busy enough, cause he’s taking on something more. Just a rumor under the title of Heaven Sent thus far, it has been confirmed that the new working title of del Toro’s going-to-happen DC project is Dark Universe.
This film, based on the darkly awesome DC Vertigo line (the comics that I personally grew up on), will be bringing together some of the best of DC’s alternative heroes. So far, del Toro has mentioned the presence of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Deadman, Zatanna and The Demon. He refuses to divulge any more, unfortunately, lest the film get spoiled.
The project is still in its infancy, however, and del Toro has mentioned that they’ve only just hired on a writer. Who is that man who can make or break this fkn kick-ass project? Del Toro won’t say! Jerk!
So other than the fact that it is moving forward, has a writer and will most likely feature the characters previously mentioned, we know nothing. Rest assured that we will be handing out details as soon as they emerge.
A hearty nerd-boner thanks to /film for the heads-up on this one.