Despite news of Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella’s The Mummy scouting locations in Malta and Johnny Depp being cast as The Invisible Man, there’s still a shroud of mystery regarding the “Universal Monsters Universe” of connected films. However, we now have word of a mystery film’s release date being moved.
While The Mummy has a release date of June 9, 2017, the second installment which is believed to be The Invisible Man, originally was scheduled for March 30, 2018. It has now been reported that it will be released April 13, 2018.
The only reason we have for the schedule change is that the sci-fi/action Steven Spielberg film, Ready Player One has that date and it was moved to avoid competition.
While this is a wise move for Universal, considering that they’ll want their second Universal Monsters Universe installment to benefit from the best release date, it is worth taking note that The Mummy was also moved from its March 2018 release to the now June 9th date. With this second mystery film, although we believe it’s The Invisible Man, being moved to April 13, 2018, it looks as if Universal is aiming for a more early summer blockbuster type of film. They have had much success with this release formula as seen in the highly successful Fast and Furious movie series, along with 1999’s The Mummy and 2001’s The Mummy Returns. Not to mention 2004’s Van Helsing.
And, hey, speaking of Van Helsing, Tom Cruise was originally associated with that reboot. With him now apart of The Mummy, could it be possible that Cruise is still playing Van Helsing and that the character will still be the connective thread between each movie; only now being launched in a reboot of a classic monster movie as opposed to his own solo vehicle?
The Mummy has a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
Fargo executive producer Noah Hawley is also said to be writing another one of the films in the series, with Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski scripting the reboot of The Wolfman.
Stay tuned for more information on the Universal Monsters Universe.