Last week, Universal Pictures officially announced the Dark Universe: a Marvel Studios-like shared universe of films that will crossover several of the studio’s classic horror icons, beginning with the Tom Cruise/Sofia Boutella-led The Mummy, which releases in theaters next week. Set to encompass at least six films in its first wave — including The Invisible Man (starring Johnny Depp), Dr. Jekyll (starring Russell Crowe), Frankenstein’s Monster (starring Javier Bardem), Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon (directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon) — the cinematic universe (as teased in an official promo and photo, shown below) could create serious competition at the box office for Marvel and Warner Bros.’ DCEU.
Well, the public might be able to add a seventh film to the Dark Universe mix as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being eyed to star in a Wolfman reboot as the titular monster. Technically, Johnson’s addition to the Dark Universe would mean a return to the franchise, since he starred in 2002’s Mummy spinoff The Scorpion King.
Bride of Frankenstein currently has a very fitting February 14, 2019 release date. Reportedly, Universal would like to see Angelina Jolie in the title role — though that might come with quite the price tag. Jolie’s casting may depend on the success of The Mummy.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman and based on a script from John Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie, The Mummy will star Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. Look for it in theaters on June 9.