Universal Studios Look to Add The Hunchback of Notre Dame & Phantom of the Opera to their Newly Established Dark Universe

Image copyright Universal Studios 1932, 1925

Whilst The Mummy was released 9th June – to mixed reviews, including my own hereUniversal Studios are still adding more monsters to their shared universe.

Aside from the Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Wolfman movies that the studio intends to reboot into a massive shared universe, Universal also intend to throw the Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame into the mix.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera were Universal’s first two monster movies, with Hunchback being released in 1923 and the Phantom in 1925, with both receiving high praise on Rotten Tomatoes.

And whilst we don’t know for certain who else might appear in the shared universe, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has commented saying a few names he’d like to see be brought in, including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlize Theron.

These, of course, are in addition to the prospective Angelina Jolie – ideally for the Bride of Frankenstein movie – and Dwayne Johnson for the Wolfman.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the rest of the Dark Universe, but you can get a small feel for the fledgeling cinematic universe by reading my review of it, available here.

-James, 12/05/17

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