Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.
Universal studios has created it’s own universe, It will have a line up of films, which will revisit classic monster characters and cater it to our generation. They are going to reboot iconic characters which were ruling the roost in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Sounds exciting? Well, it c’ant get better than this!
They have signed up top end stars, for these series of films like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe , Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp.
So , the core team behind the Dark Universe comprises of creative people like
- Alex Kurtzman– This guy has written for The Amazing Spiderman 2 & has been the producer for the Now You See Me Series, Whats more..He has also helmed the first film in this universe, The Mummy, which has already released in theatres.
There are also big wigs behind this fascinating universe like-
2. David Koepp, who has screen written blockbusters movies like War of the Worlds, Spider-man (2004), Indiana Jones & the kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
3. We also have Oscar winner Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie who wrote movies for Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow,
4. Bill Condon who helmed the recent blockbuster Beauty & the Beast, & the Twilight Series Part 1 & 2.
So the first film in this universe “The Mummy” has had a rocky start. Critics are lashing the film up, right and centre, neither the film is minting money at the box office.
With so many creative people backing up the project, how did things go downhill with the very first film in the universe?
Well, the wafer thin plot in the film is a major concern. The film tries to tell too many things at one time. It’s not only about the mummy but it’s also about establishing the dark universe, which isn’t a bad thing per se, but only if the screenplay and the direction would have been a little stronger, things could have worked in it’s favour. Not to forget, that Brendan Fraser’s Mummy is still fresh in our minds, which still has a certain following.
So The Mummy is not that bad a film.
It has stunning action sequences and there are moments which are thrilling, the cherry– we have Tom Cruise who is still kickin’ ass at 55!
He breathes life into this film. Unfortunately, the story is what kills the pace of this action-adventure film. But thankfully, somehow it has kind of set a base for the other films which are lined up.
Next we have in line is Bride Of Frankenstein which is being helmed by Bill Condon. The cast has not been decided yet, but the film has already got a release date ..It’s Feb 14th 2019 folks! Save the date!
Then we have, the super charismatic Johnny Depp playing The Invisible Man which would be fascinating to see on screen..
.. & The one and only Javier Bardem playing a monster in Frankenstein.
Russell Crowe will reprise his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll similar to what Nick Fury is to the Avengers series.
There are also going to be reboots of iconic characters like Van Helsing, WolfMan, Dracula & The Phantom of The Opera as well!!
So with The Mummy, not doing wonders, does this spell doom for the universe?
Well, we hope not!! these films are going to be made. More than that, it has such an exciting space filled with iconic characters. Reimagining these monsters for our generation will certainly be a challenge, but it’s also going to be interesting to see how the creative team portrays them. Will these films somehow be interlinked with one and other? Yes, we guess that’s the plan..but only time will tell!
At the end of the day, nothing can succeed if the film doesn’t enthral or entertain the audience. At this day and age, not only the visual effects & the huge star cast is important, but above all it’s the vision and the plot of these movies which will be a major puller.
So what if The Mummy isn’t all that great..
The Dark Universe does seem exciting & we c’ant wait to watch these thrilling line up of films…..
let's hope they spell magic!!
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