Universal had huge, ambitious plans for their “Dark Universe,” a shared universe franchise that would reimagine and tie together all of their iconic monster movies. Unfortunately, those plans hit a major roadblock when the first entry, 2017’s The Mummy, was met with a tepid fan reception, and ended up losing close to $100 million at the box office.
Since then, we’ve heard very little about how the franchise was proceeding. Soon after The Mummy was released, producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan (who effectively assembled the creative team behind the Dark Universe) exited the franchise, and the next scheduled entry, Bride of Frankenstein starring Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem, was pulled from the release schedule. Work also seemingly ceased on a planned Invisible Man film starring Johnny Depp.
In January however, we got word that development on Bride of Frankenstein may have begun again, possibly separate from the Dark Universe. And just today, artist Robert Vargas posted on Instagram to say that he had just met with the Dark Universe team, and that “monster” things were in the works.
Great meeting this morning with the amazing #DarkUniverse team. Thank you #Universal Exec, Holly Goline and Crash for the hospitality. Looking forward to contributing to the Universal Pictures legacy with my work. Monster things in the works 😉 Stay tuned! #Amazing people #RobertVargas #RobertVargasArt #CantStopWontStop #LA #Artist #LAmurals
It’s a small update, but very interesting given most people’s assumptions that the Dark Universe was all but dead.