Hunchback of Notre Dame & Phantom of the Opera will be part of Universal’s Dark Universe
Shared Universes have become a thing in the film industry, that’s a fact. Ever since Marvel began their Marvel Cinematic Universe and Warner Bros. followed them with the DC Extended Universe, other studios have decided to join this trend; Paramount wanting to expand its Transformers franchise and Universal with their monsters from Hollywood’s golden age.
This Universe of Monsters will have the tittle of Dark Universe and it’ll begin with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, set to premiere this weekend, followed by Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, two years from now. Later on, unknown date, Johnny Depp will make his debut as the Invisible Man, and will be followed by a Van Helsing reboot and movies of The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
However, recently, it was said by Kutzman in an interview that more monster films are set to come to the Dark Universe, such as The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man.”
Walking down memory lane, it’s important to remember that The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera were the first two “monster” movies the studio produced in the early ’20s, which starred legendary silent film actor Lon Chaney as both Quasimodo and the Phantom.
As Kurtzman continued talking about his ideas for this Dark Universe, he said they (Universal) plan on diving deep into the mythology of these characters and movies, which could eventually lead to spinoff films.
“There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”
The Mummy, the start point of this Dark Universe, premieres this Friday, June 9th, 2017.
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Source: Screen Rant