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Danny Elfman joins Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” as opening theme composer!

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In a press release sent out earlier today, Universal Pictures has excitingly announced the beginning of their “Dark Universe” of films. What was previously being called and considered the “Monsters Universe” of films will now be “Dark Universe.” But one of the more exciting aspects of the press release was that the motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9.

Danny Elfman, one of the most iconic of composers, has created the opening theme for Universal’s “Dark Universe” which debuts with The Mummy. Elfman is no stranger when it comes to creating iconic compositions, just look at BatmanSpider-ManHulk, and even 2010’s The Wolfman. Looking to inspire and entertain a new generation of fans with their classic monsters, Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures said the following:

As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill [Condon] to weave the story of a very modern woman [Bride of Frankenstein] in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.

From his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic theme for The Simpsons—not to mention his collaborations with filmmakers including Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson—four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s inimitable compositions have vaulted him into one of the most versatile and accomplished composers in history.  

“I grew up on monsters. Monsters were my life, and these iconic Universal monsters were almost like my family.  I simply wouldn’t be the same without them. When I got the opportunity to compose a theme for the Dark Universe logo, of course I jumped at it. What could be more fun than connecting to this world that has always been so deeply imbedded in my psyche? I tried to find something that was new but still had some connections with the past—the origins—at least in a subtle way. Something that was looking forward to a creative, fertile, imaginative future that Dark Universe will enter, and at the same time saluting the heritage of the tragic heroes (or anti-heroes) of my childhood. To the Monsters!!!!” – Danny Elfman

To the monsters, indeed! It’s very exciting to have another talented individual as a part of the “Dark Universe” and Danny Elfman will almost certainly ensure that our first proper introduction into the world of gods and monsters is as unforgettable as a Universal Monster film should be!

Are you excited to hear Danny Elfman’s “Dark Universe” theme? Let us know in the comments below.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

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)."

Readers Comments (2)

  1. Boom! And just like that, the Dark Universe expanded greatly! I love that photo of the big stars that was released! I’m looking forward to the day that Dwayne Johnson joins the gang! Seriously Mr Johnson, drop that running for President idea, cancel your reality/comedy TV shows, and just focus on making big movies for MANY MANY years to come, as that’s what you excel at!

    What an amazing coincidence that Universal announced all this stuff on the same day that it was revealed that Tom Holland is young Nathan Drake! I’m excited that the Uncharted movie is moving forward in a big way….but I’ve got to be real here and say that I’m disappointed in the direction Sony is going with the movie now. Yes, Holland is fantastic as Spider-Man, and he even has good resemblance to young Drake from Uncharted 3 (that’s a major plus), but this isn’t the movie I wanted to see. Granted, I’m rooting for this movie to still be a masterpiece, but it really stinks basically hearing that Joe Carnahan’s script is tossed aside in favor of a new ‘young’ take on the franchise and character of Drake. That basically tells me Drake in Carnahan’s script is much more, if not precisely, the guy we REALLY know from the games. Here’s hoping the casting of Sully gets me pumped…and that the movie will still retain the insane action Joe Carnahan’s script had….and even that Holland can play as ‘mature’ a version of Drake as he possibly can.

    • Same. This isn’t the “Uncharted” movie I wanted to see, either, and I would have loved to see what Joe Carnahan had in store. I think his voice for an Uncharted film could have been something really fun and special.


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