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Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan leave Universal’s Dark Universe… is this the end of the Universal Monsters?

November 9th, 2017 by Marc Comments

It looks like, as we previously reported, Universal’s monster franchise, Dark Universe, is in serious trouble after only one movie in the anticipated shared universe.

The franchise was hoped to be kicked off with The Mummy which was Tom Cruise’s big summer release (it was the second attempt at starting the franchise after the failed Dracula Untold) and had many big releases planned including Phantom of the Opera, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, The Wolfman and more (full press release here).

But only five months after the big planned shared universe was announced, the wheels have seemingly come off as the two men hired to guide the ship, writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, have both left the project and it seems have rang the death knell for Universal’s monsters, with Kurtzman focusing on producing Star Trek: Discovery and Morgan returning to the Fast and Furious franchise and is writing the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham spinoff.

Universal are trying to put on a brave face, with president of production Peter Cramer saying: “We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision. We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.”

We reckon this whole idea will continue however we also think that it will have a period of resetting before Universal’s world famous monsters are released again. What say you all?

Source: THR

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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