Luke Evans to Return as Dracula in Universal Monsters Shared Universe?

by Nick Banks

In an exclusive interview with LRM, Luke Evans speculated that his film Dracula Untold and his role as Vlad Tepes may lead to his involvement in Universal Studios planned “Cinematic Monster Universe”.  Evans told LRM that “There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.”

While Evans may be hopefully of another shot at “the dark prince”, there seems to be more “smoke than fire” when it comes to this rumor.   Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have clearly stated in past interviews that the Mummy will be the first entry in the shared universe.  Kurtzman should know as he is also helming The Mummy which is scheduled to be releases on June 9th, 2017.

Dracula Untold’s box office and deadly critical and fan reception may also have something to do with Universal looking for a fresh start in terms of Dracula’s entry into the group.  Dracula Untold made just over $56,000,000 at the domestic box office and added an additional $160,000,000 overseas. Rotten Tomatoes composite score came in at a measly 22%.  Critic James Berardinelli  of Reel Views agreed with the majority of negative reviews stating that the film ” …result(s) in a generic vampire tale in the Underworld vein that comes closer to the infamous Van Helsing than a memorable re-interpretation of a legendary monster. Instead of being respectful of Bram Stoker’s creation, it attempts to remake him as a tragic figure with superhero powers.”

Would Universal take a chance on a forgetten, unsuccessful film (which was released in 2014) to include in their new stable of renowned monsters? At this point, it seems like Evan’s thoughts are more wishful thinking on his part than fact.  Irregardless, many horror fans first introduction to the genre came through the classic monsters of Universal and the studio certainly has a lot riding on this reinvigoration of the stable of characters that kept the lights on at the studio in the 1930’s and continue to capture the imaginations of fans the worldover.  Gambling on a failed feature doesn’t seem like the type of move a studio makes when there is this much “at stake”.

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