Universal Pictures appears to be taking its cues from Marvel Studios for its planned revival of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Deadline reports the studio has enlisted Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee an interconnected Universal Monsters universe that will begin in April 2016 with the release of the reboot of The Mummy.
Roberto Orci, who split with longtime writing/producing partner Kurtzman earlier this year, hinted at such an interconnected approach in October, saying, “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.”
Of course, the Universal Monsters previously crossed over in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, its sequel House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but these new films would presumably feature more close-knit continuity.
According to Deadline, it’s unknown whether Kurtzman and Morgan will write any of the films, but they’ll serve as architects of the cinematic universe, “reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.”se.