Fans hoping to see the classic Universal Monsters return to their horror roots in the studio’s shared-universe reboot had better brace themselves. During The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable talk with six studio heads, Universal Chairman Donna Langley revealed the new Avengers-style franchise starring Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s monster and the rest will have a decidedly action-adventure tone.
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library],” she said, “but what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. And we had an epiphany, which is that the horror genre has a ceiling — it’s not global. There’s a reason why monster characters are enduring, generation upon generation. So we took a good, hard look at it and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”
While it as yet to be revealed how the recent Dracula Untold fits into this new universe, that film did rely more on action than horror and included a stinger at the end that moved the titular character to a modern setting. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are overseeing this new project. The Mummy is expected in theaters in April 2016, with another film to follow in April 2017.
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