Universal Pictures announced plans to reboot all the famous Universal Monsters; including Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman, and The Mummy, in a new mega-franchise. The core producers (not necessarily writers) of this new universe will be Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek,” “Amazing Spider-man”) and Chris Morgan (“Fast and the Furious”), kicking it off with “The Mummy,” which is set to be released April 22, 2016.
In recent years Universal has done several remakes or re-imaginings of their classic characters through “The Mummy” (1999), “Van Helsing” (2004), “The Wolfman” (2006), and the upcoming “Dracula Untold,” slated for October of this year. However, this will be the first attempt to unify these properties under a cohesive creative vision, following in the steps of Marvel and their Mega-Franchise success.
This isn’t the first time Universal has tried to create a “Mega-Franchise,” as before Marvel was even created, the original Universal monster films featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman crossed over in “The House of Frankenstein,” “The House of Dracula,” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” These films, however, were lead by various directors and were never meant to be particularly cohesive.
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