By Travis Johnson

We knew that the upcoming redux of The Mummy was designed to be the entry point into a “new world of gods and monsters”, as they say in the classics, but it seems that Universal has gone all in, with the announcement this morning that the official title of their franchise is the rather apt Dark Universe.

Dark Universe, which features an atmospheric new theme track by spookmeister Danny Elfman, will see the classic universal monsters – your Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, et al – brought into the modern cinematic milieu, with the next cab off the rank being an update of James Whale’s classic The Bride of Frankenstein, to be helmed, appropriately enough, by Gods and Monsters and Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece — which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman is heading up the world-building project, along with Chris Morgan (the Fast & Furious series), Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).

In a statement, Kurtzman and Morgan said, “When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognised the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures. The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

Casting has already commenced on further films in the projected series, with The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster to be played by, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who gathered for a promo pic with The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Sofia Boutella:

So let’s all hope The Mummy makes some serious bank, because we want to see these movies.


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