Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” is expanding by the minute.
The new shared cinematic universe, which reboots the studio’s classic movie monsters beginning this weekend with The Mummy, has already lined up new takes on films like Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Wolf Man, Frankenstein and Dracula. Now it’s adding two more monsters to its menagerie.
During an interview with Fandom, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman, who’s helping to oversee the “Dark Universe,” revealed the studio’s plans also include The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he said.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera were Universal’s first monster films, released in 1923 and 1925, respectively, with Lon Chaney in the title roles. The studio remade Phantom in 1943.
While Kurtzman wouldn’t address any casting rumors, which have included Dwayne Johnson for Wolf Man and Angelina Jolie for Bride of Frankenstein, he was vocal about actors he’d like to see populate the cinematic universe. “I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in,” he told the website. “I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie …”
Opening Friday nationwide, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll.