Is the Writing on the Wall for the Dark Universe? More Worries Hit Universal’s Shared Cinematic Universe

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So, there’s more to the ongoing Universal Studios’ Dark Universe saga this past week.

We’ve spoken at length about the woes of the shared cinematic universe that Universal have tried to build up, ever since the ill-fated The Mummy reboot earlier this year, and wouldn’t ya know it? There’s more this week.

In the past, we’ve mentioned how the proposed next instalment in the series was to be the Angelina Jolie lead Bride of Frankenstein with a tentative release date of Valentine’s Day, 2019.

Whether it’s been as a response to The Mummy‘s negative reception is up for debate, however, as reported by DeadlineUniversal have confirmed how director Bill Condon has put the movie on an indefinite hiatus until further notice.

“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal said in a statement to Deadline.

“None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together.

Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”

Added to this, Jolie and Javier Bardem (who was set to star as Frankenstein’s Monster), are holding off from signing onto the project until everything gets rectified – do they know something we don’t know? Well, it does seem like an ill-fated mission already, and Jolie isn’t exactly the sort of actress who’ll just pick up any old project to be attached to.

It’s difficult to know for certain what will become of the Dark Universe, after all, their seminal entry was ill-received and when you intend to set up a new cinematic universe, you only get one chance at a first entry.

However, with that said, it would be a shame to see the efforts of Russell Crowe and co. being wasted – after all, he was one of the more entertaining aspects of the whole movie.

We’ll have more on this story when and if it becomes available.

-James, 09/10/2017

3 thoughts on “Is the Writing on the Wall for the Dark Universe? More Worries Hit Universal’s Shared Cinematic Universe

  1. Troubling times over at Universal! It does make you wonder why they announce such big projects without seeing whether the first installment is received well!


    1. Clearly everyone is just trying to capitalise on Marvel’s ideas. Whilst it was a novel idea at first, it is a case of everyone getting on the bandwagon purely because of how much money it’s brought Marvel. Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should, and DC are realising they haven’t quite got as good a formula as they’d initially hoped. Hopefully, this will help curb the trend a little.


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