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Universal's Dark Universe Producers Drive Stake into Franchise and Exit!

Written by Zechs on Wednesday, November 08 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Universal's Dark Universe Producers Drive Stake into Franchise and Exit!

Producers/franchise runners Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have exited the Universal project to pursue other ventures. Universal looking to sacrifice virginal blood to sustain franchise now.

Source: Universal's "Monsterverse" in Peril as Top Producers Exit (Exclusive)

I love UniversalMonsters (then again I love the set in no matter what universe they're in). What I didn't love was Universal's second attempt (they may not want us to remember but 2014's Dracula: Untold was their first stab at this) at creating a new franchise by using the Mummy franchise as their lynchpin. The first attempt was bad. Why the hell even try it with something that was remade before already and done right? There are a bunch of other Universal Horror movies aching for a remake (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, the freaking Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula's Daughter). I was smart, but another poor member of our group named Scary Cleve to see the movie wasn't (and he hasn't been seen since. Poor guy).

Well, it looks like the franchise has lost all the "talent" behind it. Alex Kurtzman (who infamously proclaimed of the numerous movies behind it even before the first was even set to be released) and Chris Morgan have bailed on the franchise to pursue other paths per the Hollywood Reporter (Kurtzman on Star Trek: Discovery, while Morgan is doing the Fast & Furious spinoff movie featuring the Rock and Jason Statham's characters). 

Where this leaves the Dark Universe? Well, it leaves it without the "guiding" forces behind it now. Bride of Frankenstein (which would have been the better film to start this all with) has now been "delayed" from its February 19, 2019 release date because execs are kind of nervous with the Mummy under-performing and the script by David Koepp/director for the film Bill Condon wasn't "up to par". 

But it's quite easy to see the problem. Trying to fill all the clicks, but missing the most important one: horror. The franchise in both installments lacked horror. Also the forced throwing of everything in, and now letting each installment breath was another problem. Also why the fuck did you think was going to happen when the first one with Dracula was panned/bombed?

So, of course, the next course of action for Universal is probably blood sacrifice, but even then that's way too Hammer Films. Then again, they did it right:

Focusing on characters Universal barely even focused on (Dracula, Van Hellsing, and Dr. Frankenstein) while Universal went to (The Monster, the Wolfman, and Mummy). Which again begs the question: WHERE THE FUCK IS MY CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON REMAKE THEN?! That's the way to goddamn go! Or Dracula's Daughter. These movies scream for a remake! 


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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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