Universal’s shared “Monster Universe” is something horror fans have been dreaming about for years now. The universe was supposed to start with the film, Dracula Untold, and sprout out from there. That no longer seems to be the case. With the newly released trailer for The Mummy, it looks like Universal is using that film as the starting point for their monster universe.
During an interview with Screen Rant, Mummy director Alex Kurtzman was asked if Dracula Untold was still a part of that shared universe. He responded flatly with, “no.” The Mummy, which has also cast Russell Crowe to play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be the launching point. He elaborated:
“I believe strongly that the only way you can build a universe is not to start by trying to build a universe,” said Kurtzman, sharing his thoughts on how he’s building the franchise out. “If you want to get there, the only way you’re going to get there is if the audience allows you to get there. Meaning, you have to do great individual films first. The audience has to fall in love with those movies first, and those characters first, and if they do and you develop an organic story reason to start bringing them together, great! But you can’t start with ‘Let’s just mash everybody together’… In order for you to enjoy ‘The Mummy,’ you have to have a satisfying ‘Mummy’ experience. If we are then in that context able to set up a larger world? Great! But the setup of that larger world and whatever characters [star Tom Cruise] may meet over the course of the mummy movie have to be part of the mummy movie. It cannot take you out of that.”
I think it’s great that they’re letting this universe build itself more organically. I’m a huge DC fan, but we’ve seen the type of mess that shoehorning characters into movies just for the sake of universe building can do to a film. (Batman V Superman) What do you guys think of the news? Are you excited to see what the “Monster Universe” will hold for us? Join in on the conversation in the comments below!