Despite the high optimism Universal Studios had in rebooting its classic movie monster franchise for the new age, it appears that their “dark universe” is dead at least for now. The first sign of trouble came with the release of this year’s Mummy debuting with abysmal numbers despite raking in over $400 million. It just still wasn’t enough for Universal. Soon after, news broke that the Bride of Frankenstein script had to be scrapped and the film was pulled from Universal’s release schedule.
Now, the latest straw is the exit of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. The writer/producer duo was originally hired to map out the universe. Guess they didn’t want to stay along because Universal announced their exit having left for other projects. Kurtzman is working on Star Trek: Discovery while Morgan is returning to the Fast and the Furious franchise to pen the script for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham’s spin-off film.
We’ll just have to wait and find out whether this universe will survive and whether the rebooted films will see the light of day.