The Dark Universe may be dead, but that doesn’t mean Universal is giving up on rebooting the Universal Monsters. After the failure of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise which was supposed to kick off a shared universe on the big screen, it was unclear whether they would continue forward with their plans. This week the studio announced that they will still produce updated versions of these classic stories but they will no longer be interconnected. For the next one, instead of going the big budget route, this time they are turning to producer Jason Blum who will set up a new version of The Invisible Man with director Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Insidious: Chapter 3) at the helm. Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production had this to say:
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life… We are excited to take a more individualized approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”
Well it sounds like they have learned from some of their mistakes and decided to give directors more creative freedom, which could be a great thing. The movies will also be “rooted in horror, with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating.” Johnny Depp was previously attached to play The Invisible Man but it sounds like he will not be involved in this one although they are not writing him off for future monster movies. Do you approve of this new approach to rebooting the Universal Monsters?