From the classic Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein to the not-so-classic Van Helsing, Universal Pictures has a history of pulling their iconic monsters together, with decidedly mixed results. But now, in the age of Avengers, it seems the studio feels ready to give it another shot, using the mighty Marvel model.
Alex Kurtzman, one half of the recently disbanded Orci/Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness, Amazing Spider-Man 2) is teaming up with fellow writer/producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 3-7) to design a series of interconnected monster movies that’ll culminate in an all-star team-up flick.
The plan is to give some of Universal’s classic creatures solo films, with others appearing as secondary characters. The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dracula are pretty much locks at this point. A Mummy movie is already planned, Creature From the Black Lagoon has been in development for years now, and Tom Cruise was recently attached to a Van Helsing do-over. Some potential names that could make an appearance include: the Invisible Man, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Cat People, The Werewolf of London, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and pretty much any character from the “Son of–“, “House of–“, or “Ghost of–” sequels and spin-offs.
Beyond that, details are scarce but we here at Nerdist did dig up these two tantalizing tidbits from a trustworthy source: the monsters will be positioned as tragic heroes, so that when they team up, they’ll do so heroically. Sort of like the League of Extraordinary Gentleman or Penny Dreadful. And despite potential Frankenstein director Guillermo del Toro’s idea that the films should all be period pieces, we’re hearing they’ll be set in the modern day – starting with 2016’s The Mummy.
Pretty interesting for monster fans, though plenty stressful too as we’ve seen how wrong these monster rallies can go! What do you guys think? Is it too off-base to turn these monsters into heroes, or is anything fair game so long as it gets these dusty old dudes back on the big screen?