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At this stage, is there anything that could help Universal studios’ Dark Universe franchise?
Well, maybe not, but if things had been different, who knows?
And one way that could have made things different was the potential of having Guillermo del Toro onboard to direct.
Imagine the possibilities.
Apparently, despite having to turn down chances to work on films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and upcoming Justice League Dark – to name a mere few – del Toro really regrets rejecting the Dark Universe franchise.
Talking to the New York Times’ TimesTalk YouTube channel, del Toro said;
“I’ve said no to things that are enormous and I’ve never looked back, you know?
The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007, when Universal, in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said, ‘Do you want to take over the Monster Universe?’
And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it.
That, I repent.
So this is a confessional moment, I repent.
That’s the only thing.”
That was a decade ago, which implies that Universal has had plans for a shared universe for some time now.
This is the latest bit of travesty to befall the already failing franchise, with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan leaving, and the studio reportedly considering a different approach to the properties
That, of course, was a decade ago, and del Toro’s vision for a monster universe would’ve been undoubtedly vastly different from what the studio, and the audience, got with The Mummy, the big-budget supernatural action-adventure that was widely panned and earned just $409 million worldwide.
Following that disappointment, the Dark Universe’s future looks bleak, with its chief architects, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, departing, and the studio reportedly considering approaching directors with standalone movies starring the classic monsters, rather than pursuing a connected universe.
So, perhaps del Toro could yet have his shot at some Universal Monsters.