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The Rise, Fall, And Possible Revival Of Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

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When Universal Studios announced the Dark Universe, fans were intrigued with the concept. In a world similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this new world would include characters like The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Well, what exactly happened to this massive universe of iconic horror monsters? It’s a lot more complicated than people think.

The Legend Is Born

The Dark Universe originally began with Dracula Untold, which starred Luke Evans in the title role. While the 2014 film earned over $200 million in the box office, it failed to make a profit. Dracula was slated to be featured in future films in the franchise, but those plans were dropped. Since then, Dracula Untold has been considered a non-canon film for the Dark Universe.

Ancient Evil Returns

2017’s The Mummy was chosen as the true beginning of the Dark Universe. Starring Tom Cruise, the film also underperformed in the box office. With nearly $410 million made, the movie cost the studio $90 million in losses. The movie was pulled from most theaters following its third week in release.

Postponement Of Frankenstein

The next film in the universe was to be Bride of Frankenstein. Confirmed for a 2019 release, it was postponed due to the departures of producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together,” Universal Studios told Deadline.

Monster Things Coming Soon?

Months went by since Universal’s statement, and many thought the entire franchise was dead. In May, things changed when artist Robert Vargas posted about a meeting with studio executives. “Looking forward to contributing to the Universal Pictures legacy with my work. Monster things in the works,” he posted on Instagram.

The Blumhouse Effect

On Twitter, Oscar-nominated director Jason Blum stated that he’d love to work on the Dark Universe. The director has brought Universal Studios success with The Purge and Insidious film franchises. No one knows when the Dark Universe will finally make an impact. Many in the industry hope this happens sooner rather than later.

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