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Universal Planning More Dark Universe Movies After "The Mummy"

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:43 PM

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Universal Pictures is releasing The Mummy on Friday, June 9th, and the studio is clearly looking forward to building its own franchise of movies they are calling the Dark Universe. There's word that some of the characters (such as Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll) and/or plot points and/or setups in The Mummy will carry over into future movies.

We knew for sure about the next installment, Bride of Frankenstein, which is slated for release in 2019, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon remake has been in and out of release schedules for several years.

Fandom has published an article and video that interviews Alex Kurtzman, the director and producer of The Mummy, where he talks about the future of the Dark Universe franchise:

Now the creative mind behind the Dark Universe, and director and producer of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman, has exclusively revealed to FANDOM that we’ll get Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among other titles added to the roster.

“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,” he says.

He also reveals plans to explore beyond the boundaries of the existing Universal monster properties: “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 opens up some intriguing possibilities – embedding Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll into the world and his mysterious organization Prodigium as well as leaving us questioning where Tom Cruise’s character Nick Morton may be heading.

Kurtzman also starts name-dropping actors that he'd like to bring into the franchise, including Michael Fassbender, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlize Theron. Click the Read link below to view the full article.

Aside from The Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein, we don't have release dates for the other movies, so we'll just list them here and let the release schedules shake out in the coming months/years.

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