Universal Studios is bringing back the classic monsters that started it all, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and more, all in a shared universe. “Dracula Untold” is meant to begin the line of monster movies. Universal will release “The Mummy” in 2016, which will be followed by the remake of “The Wolfman”, to be released April 21, 2017, Van Helsing is also a strong possibility for 2017.
Universal plans to model the new monser universe after the design of the shared Marvel universe, which has had such great success. The exact details about the movies have not been released and no actors have been named as of yet.
One thing has been made clear by Universal, they want to take the scare out of the monster movies and monster movies out of the horror genre. I know you’re thinking “WTF?”. Monster movies with no scares? I think Universal has forgotten the very definition of “monster”.
an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening.
Universal Studio head Donna Langley made a statement in regards to the future of the Universal monsters : “We have to mine our resources. We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”
I guess there’s just one thing to do, wait and see how Universal’s take on the modern monster works out. The good news is we will always have horror movies, eager to try to scare the crap out of us and for that we are thankful.