Dracula. Frankenstein’s Monster. The Mummy. Creature from the Black Lagoon. Bride of Frankenstein. Where would the make-up world be without these inspirational and iconic creatures.
Now Universal Pictures is ready to inspire a whole new generation of filmgoers with a revival of the studio’s classic monster characters (see video below). Announced in a press release May 22, the series of films will be called Dark Universe. The new logo—featuring music composed by Danny Elfman—will debut preceding the theatrical release of the all-new The Mummy on June 9. It was also announced that the next film in the franchise will be Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon.
The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton, Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Sofia Boutella as the reimagined mummy. Make-up for The Mummy is led by Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou as make-up and hair designer and David White as special make-up effects designer. Dark Universe was begun by Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan.
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”
“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”
Bride of Frankenstein is scheduled to be released Feb. 14, 2019, with the lead actress being announced soon. She will join a roster of well-known stars already slated for upcoming Dark Universe projects: Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster, along with Cruise, Crowe and Boutella.
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