Danny Elfman joins Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” as opening theme composer!
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 Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, 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!
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(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)