Although the so-called “Dark Universe” was snuffed out after just one film (Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy), the good news is that the higher-ups at Universal are still exploring new ways to resurrect those iconic Universal Monsters. Leigh Whannell is directing a new version of The Invisible Man due to hit theatres in February, and if all goes according to plan, the next Universal Monster movie could be Paul Feig’s Dark Army. Details on the project have been pretty scarce up until now, but this week Feig revealed a bit more about what he has in store. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m a mega-fan of those old horror movies. I call them more monster movies than horror movies, quite frankly. Horror movies to me now represent slasher and that kind of thing, which I don’t enjoy at all. I loved those old movies like Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein is probably one of the greatest movies of all-time. I love that movie so much, and there are some things from that movie that I’m using in this new movie Dark Army. But I really want to do a James Whale-ish, modern day version of a monster movie that is about these characters… I want to bring that ookie spookie feel back to movies, but with these monsters you root for and understand at the same time. I finished the first draft of the script and I’m so excited about it! I’m literally on fire about getting this movie made as soon as I can. I turned it into the Dark Universe people last week and they loved it. Now it’s going over to the heads of Universal, so we’ll see.”
Dark Army was previously announced last month with the understanding that it would include some classic monsters and some new original monsters as well. It will not, however, tie in to The Invisible Man or any other related films that might be in development; Universal’s new mandate is to allow filmmakers to create unique, standalone stories with the characters. Feig’s experience with Ghostbusters is obviously somewhat relevant and he claims that he wants the movie to have a certain level of humour while also taking itself seriously as well. Are you looking forward to Dark Army?