Universal Adds Writer Jay Basu to Growing Monster Franchise

Up-and-coming screenwriter Jay Basu has joined Universal Pictures' efforts to form a shared universe comprised of its iconic monster properties, Deadline reports. The endeavor will unite classic creators like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy and the Wolfman among others under one Avengers-style action franchise.

This development marks Basu's most prominent gig to date. He previously wrote the screenplay for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards' 2010 debut Monsters, and collaborated with David Bowers on an action-adventure script titled The Pier, which came in second on the annual Brit List of the best unproduced screenplays.

Alex Kurtxman (Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious franchise) have taken the lead on the massive project. Noah Hawley (Fargo), Adam Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black) have also signed on to lend their writing talents to the franchise.

The first installment, Kurtzman's Mummy, is expected to hit theaters on June 24, 2016. A second untitled monster feature will open on April 21, 2017.

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