“Monsters Universe” has now been confirmed as the umbrella title to all upcoming Universal Monsters films, starting with 2017’s ‘The Mummy’
Speaking with Ten in London while promoting The Nice Guys, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe has confirmed that the umbrella title to Universal’s cinematic universe of monsters will indeed be called the “Monsters Universe.”
Crowe also revealed a few more interesting details about the “Monsters Universe” that you could read below:
“I’m going to play Dr. Henry Jekyll in the reboot of The Mummy with Tom Cruise. It’s the beginning of a thing that Universal are doing with what they call the Monsters Universe, so they can take a lot of their old school monster films from the ’40s and ’50s, things like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man, and tie them all together in one overall plot. We’ll see how we go with that. It’s a fascinatingly creative idea and when they laid it all out for me, it was very appealing. I have to admit there is a certain percentage involved in this, that is about my kids because they think it’s pretty exciting. There’s something in Henry Jekyll and how he gets to where he goes, which I think will be almost A Beautiful Mind-ish.”
As we are a little more than a year out from The Mummy, opening June 2017, there’s still so much regarding the Sofia Boutella headlined film that we still do not know about. However, with the details that we do have such as what creative architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have revealed, along with what Russell Crowe has said in regards to his upcoming role as Dr. Henry Jekyll, the “Monsters Universe” of Universal films or Universal Monsters Universe seems like it has the makings of a very entertaining series. Especially while the Marvel Cinematic Universe continually grows and the DC Extended Universe develops, Universal could easily be looking at a real dark horse situation in which their Monsters Universe takes on the box office and succeeds greatly. The Mummy in 1999 proved to be a blockbuster and with The Mummy reboot in 2017 looking like a hit; if developed smartly post the release of The Mummy, the “Monsters Universe” could be something very special, inventive, and different.
“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)