Guillermo Del Toro Turned Down Universal's Dark Universe Franchise

Although he intends to take a year off from directing, Guillermo del Toro is well known for maintaining a schedule that's so buy he's frequently forced to turn down, or walk away from, high-profile projects. There's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Hobbit, Justice League Dark, Pacific Rim Uprising -- the list goes on. However there's one he really regrets rejecting: Universal Pictures' Dark Universe franchise.

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He's undoubtedly not the only one who regrets that, considering the rocky start, and uncertain future, of what had been envisioned as a sprawling cinematic universe featuring new takes on the classic Universal Monsters.

"I’ve said no to things that are enormous and I’ve never looked back, you know?" del Toro said in a conversation for The New York Times' TimesTalk. "The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007, when Universal, in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said, 'Do you want to take over the Monster Universe?' And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it. That, I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent. That’s the only thing."

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That, of course, was a decade ago, and del Toro's vision for a monster universe would've been undoubtedly vastly different from what the studio, and the audience, got with The Mummy, the big-budget supernatural action-adventure that was widely panned and earned just $409 million worldwide.

Following that disappointment, the Dark Universe's future looks bleak, with its chief architects, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, departing, and the studio reportedly considering approaching directors with standalone movies starring the classic monsters, rather than pursuing a connected universe.

So, perhaps del Toro could yet have his shot at some Universal Monsters.

(via Screen Rant)

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