Universal Dates A Second Monster

By Dr. Know on November 5th, 2014

Universal Studios has set a date for the next creature feature in its classic monster franchise – April 21, 2017; however, what said monster movie is remains to be seen. The film is the second installment in the franchise to be scheduled following the previously announced reboot of The Mummy, slated for June 24, 2016.

Last year Universal announced that heavyweight screenwriter/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) were entering the Universal fold to reboot  Van Helsing and remake The Mummy. Since then we’ve heard of very little progress, with the exception of the latter seeing both Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Andres Muschietti (Mama) pulling a Houdini in the director’s chair. It’s also had several drafts written by John Spaihts (Prometheus) and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips).

The main reason reason for the delay, however, may be because Universal, Orci and Kurtzman, as well as Fast & Furious writer/producer Chris Morgan, are planning something much bigger. In a recent interview with IGN, Orci was asked about the Van Helsing remake and he essentially revealed plans for a larger, cohesive universe for the Universal Monster characters. Think what Marvel is doing with their characters:

“There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake.”

When asked which was his favorite monster, Orci said, “I love Frankenstein just cause it’s such a twisted, complicated monster. A monster that’s not really a monster.”

As for other monsters in the series, the aforementioned Frankenstein is on the drawing board, as well as The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black LagoonThe Phantom of the Opera, and, of course, that reboot of Van Helsing.

Regarding Van Helsing, Tom Cruise is apparently still attached to replace Hugh Jackman, but its script status is unknown.