To a new world of gods and monsters…..and now to a new cinematic universe as well. In an effort to replicate the success of DC and Marvel, Universal Pictures has branded a name to the upcoming round of reboots and relaunches to its monster movie franchise: Dark Universe. The much-anticipated series of films, which begins on June 9th with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, will include updates of all classic monsters in the Universal stable including Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man among others. The second film in the Dark Universe will be Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon), with an expected release date of February 14, 2019.
Johnny Depp has been cast in Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man.’ Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the the initiate to bring back the classic movie monsters for the studio. Tom Cruise is set to star in ‘The Mummy,’ and with the addition of Depp to the franchise, Universal now has two of the biggest global stars in the world on board. Kurtzman is directing ‘The Mummy,’ which is hitting theaters June 9, 2017.