Fans of classic horror who were dismayed last year when Universal Pictures described the planned reboot of its monsters universe as an “epic action-adventure” can breathe easy: It will contain horror.
So says screenwriter/producer Alex Kurtzman, who with Chris Morgan is overseeing this new shared universe, which will debut in 2017 with a new take on “The Mummy” (previously scheduled for next year).
“I think there was some lost-in-translation quality to the way it was received,” Kurtzman said during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, “because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, ‘Mummy,’ dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies. … We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.”
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