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Universal Announces Monster Franchise the ‘Dark Universe’ and More

Movie franchises and cinematic universes seem to be the Hollywood trend as of late. Every single movie studio, and television network, is hard at work trying to duplicate the idea set forth by Marvel Studios and build their own bankable movie world just like the Avengers one we all know and love. Now, the idea of a cinematic universe will no longer only include comic-book and video game characters. Universal Pictures has announced the launch of their Monster franchise that has been officially named The Dark Universe. Managing editor of Fandango took to twitter to confirm the announcement. Check out the tweet below:

The rebooted film The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise as the Soldier of Fortune Nick Morton and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy, will be released in a few more weeks and will kick off the Dark Universe. Also set to co-star in The Mummy is Russell Crowe who will be playing the iconic Dr. Jekyll, the bipolar mad scientist who turns into the uncontrollable monster Mr. Hyde. Crowe’s character is said to be the glue that weaves the entire franchise together.

It has been announced that the character Dr. Jekyll will be the CEO of an organization called Prodigium which will also be introduced in this summer’s The Mummy.  Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and sometimes destroy evil monsters. They work outside the government in order to protect the public from the knowledge of the supernatural evil that’s constantly trying to take over the world.

With the official announcement of the Monster-ful cinematic universe, it has also been confirmed that Johnny Depp has been cast to play the iconic Invisible Man and Academy Award winning actor Javier Bardem has been cast to play Frankenstein’s Monster. Universal released a photo containing the stars that will be the faces of the franchise for years to come. Check it out below:

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Photo Courtesy of Digital Spy


Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Furious 7, Wanted) have been tapped with the responsibility to build this franchise by reviving the monsters that were Universal’s biggest box office draw during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Kurtzman and Morgan will apparently follow the MCU’s same blueprint by introducing each character in their own solo movie and then bring them all together for their own collective adventure on screen. The next film in the Dark Universe roster is said to be The Bride Of Frankenstein and will be released on February 14th, 2019. Frankenstein’s bride is undoubtedly the most iconic female monster to grace the silver screen and a casting announcement is said to be coming soon. What do you think GOC fam, is it lit or nah? What do you think of Universal launching their own Cinematic Monster Universe? Do you like the casting choices so far? Let us know in the comments below.

SOURCE: Deadline, Heavy

The Mummy smashes into theaters on June 9.

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