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Will THE DARK UNIVERSE Ever Take Shape?



In 2014, Universal Studios attempted to resurrect it's legendary Universal Monsters and create their own cinematic universe, seeing the success of Marvel and the attempts of other studios, with "Dracula Untold." This origin story of the iconic vampire starred Luke Evans as Dracula. Though it did make money, it wasn't the result that Universal Studios wanted and it was received with mixed criticism.
The connection of "Dracula Untold" to the 2017 reboot of "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise was ultimately scrapped and "The Mummy" was supposed to usher in The Dark Universe, the new dubbing of it's cinematic universe. The film made more than "Dracula Untold," but unfortunately it cost much more to make, thanks to the star power of Cruise. It lost the studio money and with that...The Dark Universe was dead.
Because of this failure, Universal returned to stand-alone Universal Monsters films. In 2020, the remake of "The Invisible Man" came out and was widely praised and made a profit off of a low budget. The Leigh Wannell film starring Elisabeth Moss reignited the Universal Monsters property and Moss was given her choice in the gallery of monsters...ultimately choosing a spin-off "The Invisible Woman."
Thereafter, announcements from James Wan and Karyn Kusama seemed to rekindle the Universal Monsters flame. A new Dark Universe seemed to take shape.
Then...everything shut down.
A major momentum shift to not just this franchise but all studios with grand plans of interconnected stories and blockbusters.
Such a promising start to something that looked to be exciting for horror fans now up in the air with the world put on standstill.
Will we see The Dark Universe take shape?
I have a feeling we will.
This amazing universe has been around since The '30's and the appeal is obviously still there in the New '20's. The properties are still popular and I think that's how you get back on the horse. With characters and worlds you know and love.
Here's to The Dark Universe coming back strong!





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