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For all the talk and bluster surrounding Universal Studios’ Dark Universe, it may not have a long shelf life, as Alex Kurtzman’s future involvement in the franchise is in doubt.
IGN caught up with Kurtzman during the Television Critics Association press tour, where Kurtzman was promoting his CBS series Star Trek: Discovery, and asked him how things are doing over at Universal.
Following the overall disappointment that this year’s The Mummy, things are clearly uncertain for the burgeoning franchise, and, as such, Kurtzman doubts his future involvement.
“You know, the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Kurtzman told IGN, “I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer.”
Despite this uncertainty, Kurtzman is currently still attached to direct 2019’s The Bride of Frankenstein, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Van Helsing, and more entries in the proposed franchise.
Ironically enough, the answer on this subject came after IGN asked about the where withheld to know when to call it quits on a franchise.
In response, Kurtzman stated how;
“I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it.
I think in the case of Star Trek if your passion isn’t there you shouldn’t be doing it.”
In a separate interview, Kurtzman spoke about The Mummy’s success in China, and whether the franchise would be more suited to a foreign audience.
“It’s hard for me to know, is the truth,” Kurtzman said on the matter, “I think every movie will be different.
I certainly know that the legacy of the monsters has endured across the world throughout the years.
Almost a century. So I have to believe American audiences will find it too, with the right ingredients.”
Whilst The Mummy may have been a commercial failure for the studio, receiving mixed reviews (including from yours truly), the fact of the matter is that for now at least, the Dark Universe is here to stay.
How long for though, is a different story.
The next entry in the franchise will be the Bride of Frankenstein, which is set to have Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon on board as director, set for Valentine’s Day release in 2019, and which, rather optimistically at best, has eyes on Angelina Jolie for the starring role.
Hmmm, maybe not.