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Old 07-16-2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default Universal to "Officially" Resurrect the Classic Universal Monsters

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We've seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!

According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universalís most reliably lucrative franchise. Itís not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature, and Universalís own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its movie monster library already, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.

Theyíve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions, and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments and bring them all under one cohesive strategy.

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I dunno what to think. It seems like this is going to be more than your standard remake (Such as the Mummy and Wolfman reboots we already have), but an actual universe of interconnected films that are either heavily based on, or direct sequels to, the original films from the 30s through the 50s. A part of me likes that idea, and makes me think they'll be treated with a lot more care and respect than just handing the reigns to someone and letting them run wild with it or screwing with the mythology. Who knows what will come of it. I'm wondering if we'll get a Dracula that looks like Lugosi or a Frankenstein's Monster that looks like Karloff again.

What say you? Are you up for it? Or are your jimmies firmly and thoroughly rustled?
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Haven't seen any of the originals so idc
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I'm considering renaming it "Se7en's Greatest Hits"
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I actually think the idea is cool but in the hands of Popcorn Action guys it will suck. I imagine they'll use the Marvel film template and have CGI monster movies that appeal to kids. Nothing against Marvel movies because they have talented creators but Fast and Furious guys give me zero faith.
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My main concern is that they won't actually be treated as horror films, but rather something akin to the last Mummy franchise, or Van Helsing.

This whole thing is obviously a reaction to The Avengers, and we're talking about creating a franchise full of colorful characters, and making it for a whole new audience, and handing the reins over to the two men who've built their careers with the summer blockbuster...

I'd rather see these properties being handled by names synonymous with the genre, I'd rather they be approached with the intention of making these monsters scary again. This whole thing just sounds like a recipe for toys and Taco Bell cups.

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I'd rather see these properties being handled by names synonymous with the genre, I'd rather they be approached with the intention of making these monsters scary again. This whole thing just sounds like a recipe for toys and Taco Bell cups.
The Wolfman (2010) got the atmosphere half right but everything else wrong. The blockbuster ball and chain makes it difficult to handle the dark origins horror nuts crave.

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I actually think the idea is cool but in the hands of Popcorn Action guys it will suck. I imagine they'll use the Marvel film template and have CGI monster movies that appeal to kids. Nothing against Marvel movies because they have talented creators but Fast and Furious guys give me zero faith.
this is exactly how i feel about it. i hope that they find lynchpin actors to play the roles, and patiently begin things with stand alone movies. if we're headed towards house of frankenstein and house of dracula type finales, i want solid standalones first. and then, will we finally see a creature from the black lagoon movie?

and se7en, i will resist making fun of you, but you should really see the universal classics. dracula, frankenstein and bride, the mummy, the wolf man, the invisible man: start there.
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