It’s taken decades, but the classic Universal stable of monsters are back under the freshly minted banned of Dark Universe. Following the Australian premiere of The Mummy in Sydney last night, Universal has released the new logo and official universe cast.
The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem respectively. Even more exciting is the news that Bill Condon will be directing BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, the next film in the Dark Universe, due out in February 2019.
Universal announced that it will not release a Dark Universe film as previously planned for 13 April 2018, and that BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN will instead be the next chapter in a series of movies following next month’s The Mummy. The actress chosen to play the lead role in Condon’s version of this timeless story will be announced soon. Danny Elfman has composed the score for the new Dark Universe logo below.
The Universal Monster movies began in the 1920s with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but is best known for the collection of films from the 1930s to the 1950s that starred The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, The Invisible Man, the Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera, and the Creature for the Black Lagoon. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Bela Lugosi are inseparable from these roles.
Director Condon also made the wonderful Gods and Monsters in 1999, depicting Ian McKellan as an ageing James Whale, the director of the 1930s Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man to name a few.