Universal Studios is attempting to reboot their classic Universal Monsters franchise, and the next movie they planned to make was “The Mummy” reboot. The men behind the revival of the Universal Monsters are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, although the duo recently severed their writing partnership. The new “Mummy” reboot was a modern day updating of the myth and was originally supposed to be helmed by Len Wiseman (“Underworld”).
However, after Wiseman left the franchise, Andy Muschetti came aboard. Muschetti directed the fantastic horror movie “Mama,” a project discovered and nurtured by Guillermo Del Toro. Sadly, that partnership did not last either, as Muschetti has also now left the project due to the infamous “creative differences.” While there is no director still attached, and the production team of Kurtzman and Orci might not both stick around, Universal still has major plans for their famed monsters.
The original version of “The Mummy” starred Boris Karloff as the mummy brought back to life, seeking to find the woman who held the spirit of his former love. It was a horror movie that was almost on an island all to itself. The other monsters of the era all coexisted in a shared universe, but The Mummy never appeared in the “team-up” movies with other monsters. Despite that, the monster received five sequels and was revived by Hammer for four more movies. “The Mummy” became hugely popular in 1999 when Stephen Sommers revived him in a franchise starring Brendan Fraser.
The Wolf Man
One of the last Universal Monsters introduced into film was “The Wolf Man,” which premiered in 1941, 10 years after “Dracula.” While he was not the first and might not be the most popular, The Wolf Man became the heart and soul of the Universal Monsters franchise in the ’40s. It was Larry Talbott who was the hero of the eventual movies that combined all the characters. “The Wolfman” in 2010 was also the first step in reviving the Universal Monsters for this new generation.
The next movie in the grand scheme of things for Universal Monsters is “Dracula Untold,” which hits in October 2014. Originally titled “Dracula: Year Zero,” the movie stars Luke Evans as Vlad Tepes, the man who becomes Dracula. This is an origin story of the mythical vampire, showing how he became the monster. “Dracula” was the first Universal Horror movie. Over time, he appeared in six Universal horror movies, nine Hammer horror movies, and a total of over 200 films in all. Not only is “Dracula Untold” coming in the new wave of Universal Horror movies, but his main nemesis Van Helsing is getting another movie as well.
Frankenstein and The Invisible Man
After “Dracula” proved that the Universal Monsters could sell, “Frankenstein” was the next movie to come along with Boris Karloff once again in the lead monster role. That film did very well, spawning a sequel that was even better in “Bride of Frankenstein.” Claude Rains then appeared next in “The Invisible Man.” Those two characters remained important in the early Universal franchise, but there has been no word on when, or if, they appear in the new plans.