Universal Pictures have today revealed the name for their shared universe of monster movies – Dark Universe.
Assembled above in the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Cruise (Nick Morton), Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Boutella (The Mummy). Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll is set to provide the glue linking the films together, with his mysterious organization Prodigium charged with tracking the world’s monsters.
The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theatres preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9th 2017:
Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures:
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise taudiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”
“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”