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New Alex Kurtzman/Chris Morgan Monster Movie Announced by Universal, in addition to The Mummy, currently in principal photography in the U.K.

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As we reported last night, Universal has announced a third additional Universal Monster Movie set in the Universal Monsters Universe for Presidents Day Weekend 2019.  All we know right now is that an as of yet unannounced film will open on February 15, 2019.  As to which one?  That’s anyone’s guess right now.  But this news is very exciting nonetheless and it does bode very well for a film we’re all really excited about – The Mummy.

So what does it all mean?

After Universal took quite some time to develop and re-introduce audiences to their classic monsters, they confidently scheduled The Mummy for June 9, 2017, a mystery film for April 13, 2018, and just yesterday, a newly announced picture for February 15, 2019.  While we aren’t sure on what’s to be released, we do know that Universal has plans for the following properties with these creative teams attached:

  • The Mummy; d. Alex Kurtzman, w. Jon Spaihts. (6/9/2017)
  • The Wolf Man; w. Aaron Guzikowski
  • Van Helsing; w. Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer
  • Bride of Frankenstein; w. David Koepp
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon; w. Jeff Pinker
  • The Invisible Man; w. Ed Soloman

While some believe that The Wolf Man will be the next to go into production, following The Mummy, it would not be surprising if The Invisible Man or Bride of Frankenstein is next.  Considering Johnny Depp has already been cast as Dr. Jack Griffin or a version of the Claude Rains character, I’d think we’d see that film shoot sooner rather than later.  But we could also be looking at the possibility of seeing Bride of Frankenstein start pre-production regarding whether or not David Koepp’s script is received well and on whether or not Angelina Jolie decides to board the project.  It is reported that she’s currently waiting on a script so based on how long it takes Koepp to complete, Bride could be the second or third film already announced.

While some fans (and some of our own) have been eager to point out the long gestating Creature from the Black Lagoon as one of the possible films to be released in 2018 or 2019, it seems unlikely right now.  Based on the standpoint alone of what’s currently in development, Creature from the Black Lagoon could be seen, earliest, by 2020.  However, Universal could very well surprise us.  Same with Van Helsing.

So what does this all mean for The Mummy?  With the confident announcement of two additional films bringing the in-development Universal Monsters Universe to three films total as of 2019, it is surely a vote of confidence in not only their iconic brand but in the current production of The Mummy.  The film, directed by Alex Kurtzman, and starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is most surely impressing the studio and will most likely be seen at San Diego Comic Con with principal photography nearing its end in August.  It’s only two more months until SDCC so we don’t have that much longer to wait.  This would also mark the second appearance at San Diego Comic Con for both Sofia Boutella (Kingsman) and Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow).

As always, stay tuned for more and be sure to let us know in the comments which monster movie you’d like to see next?

Re-igniting Uni’s monster library has become a priority for Donna Langley, and the studio has booked two A listers in Cruise and Depp that Marvel would envy. – Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline.

*This article contains news previously reported by Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemanteIII)


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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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