Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing a Universal Monster Movie Starring Channing Tatum


It feels like the Universal Monster revival is starting to get a little out of hand as the studio now has no less than a dozen different projects in various stages of development after just one proven hit: Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man. That movie certainly provided some proof that these classic characters can be updated and successfully play to a modern audience, although Blumhouse’s low budget approach was also an important part of the film’s success. Now this week we are hearing that a new Universal Monster movie is in the works with some pretty big names behind it: Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing and Channing Tatum is attached to star. Something tells me this one might be a little more expensive. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Deadline, Channing Tatum, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are reteaming for an untitled project with Universal Pictures after working together on the Sony action-comedy 21 Jump Street and its sequel. The project is described as a “modern-day, tongue-in-cheek thriller inspired by Universal’s classic monster legacy with Tatum set to star.” Tatum’s frequent collaborator Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) had the original idea for the project and wrote the treatment while Wes Tooke (Midway) is writing the script. Lord and Miller are not expected to direct.

Based on the people involved, the assumption here is that the project is a comedy of some sort although as of right now it is unclear which character they might be playing on. Ryan Gosling is also attached to star in a new version of The Wolf Man, so clearly Universal is not shying away from star power despite the failure of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. Channing Tatum is currently in production on his directorial debut Dog (which Carolin wrote), while Lord and Miller are working on Project Hail Mary (also starring Ryan Gosling) and their Apple TV+ series The Afterparty plus a reboot of their animated series Clone High. Are you looking forward to a Universal Monster movie from Lord and Miller?

  • Lori Cerny

    Saw many a Sunday afternoon movie starring Abbot & Costello and either a monster or a ghost. Whether the new film is comic or serious doesn’t matter; anything to break the tedium of 2020.