Shared movie universes are all the rage at the minute -- we've got the MCU, the beginning of the DCCU, and even Fox have begun to combine their stable of Marvel characters. Now we know that we have new versions of both The Mummy and Van Helsing on the way from writing duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, but could they just be the kicking off point of a new monster movie universe? That's certainly the suggestion made by Orci in a recent interview with IGN.
"Thereís an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. [We're doing] Van Helsing, and weíre also producing The Mummy for them. Weíre kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You donít want to just make remakes when youíre doing a thing, unless itís worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. Itís not going to be just a remake."
Universal's stable of classic monsters features not only heavy hitters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman, but the likes of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- so the possibilities are endless. But of course thinking about this one can't help but be reminded of the disaster that was the last Van Helsing..and then even the Wolfman misfire when they tried to hike up the horror factor with an R rating. Do you guys think this is a good idea? Sound off below.
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