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Let’s face it, the writing has been on the wall for Universal‘s Dark Universe franchise for a while now. Following the critical mauling and commercial flop of this summer’s “The Mummy,” the studio has been pretty quiet abo…

With Universal pressing the brakes on “The Bride Of Frankenstein” at the eleventh hour (it was due to start shooting in February), many assumed that whole Dark Universe thing was over. One less cinematic universe to think about is a blessing. But alas, no one lets a potential franchise go. The sticking point with Bill Condon‘s proposed movie seems to be casting. Continue reading Gal Gadot Could Lead ‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’ at The Playlist.

“I’ve got the same team together that made ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ and we’re building big sets and designing big set pieces, so it’s a pretty big movie…. We start on February 1st, 2018 so it’s the early days but just to be here in London, starting to see locations and to talk about sets that we’re building, it’s very exciting,” director Bill Condon told ComingSoon optimistically this week. Continue reading Universal Presses Pause On Dark Universe & ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ at The Playlist.

Universal had grand plans around this summer’s reboot of “The Mummy.” Alex Kurtzman‘s film was supposed to set up the studio’s own cinematic universe, officially titled “The Dark Universe” — having to do with the schlocky classic monsters that made the studio famous more than 70 years ago (“Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Invisible Man,” “Wolf Man,” “Dracula” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”) READ MORE: ‘The Mummy’: Gods & Monsters Can’t Save This Dreadful Dark Universe [Review] A-list stars were on board: Johnny Depp playing The Invisible Man, Javier Bardem was going to be Frankenstein‘s monster and Russell Crowe was tagged as Dr. Continue reading ‘The Mummy’ Director Alex Kurtzman Unsure Of His Dark Universe Future at The Playlist.

Cinematic universes don’t get off to a rougher start than “The Mummy.” The first film in Universal‘s Dark Universe was critically panned and earned just $390 million worldwide. Those are good numbers, but not great, and certainly, there doesn’t seem to be any clamoring for more monster movies that are connected. Nonetheless, Universal are pressing forward, and their roster of A-list anchors which include Javier Bardem (Frankenstein), Russell Crowe (Dr. Continue reading Channing Tatum Eyed To Join Dark Universe In ‘Van Helsing’ at The Playlist.

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items. READ MORE: ‘The Mummy’: Gods & Monsters Can’t Save This Dreadful Dark Universe [Review] On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss “The Mummy,” and the hubris of the presumed cinematic universe model. “The Mummy” opens this weekend, and after dismal reviews — including Rod’s “D-” review — it’s set to gross even less than it’s originally projected $40 million opening (roughly $30M right now). Continue reading ‘The Mummy’ & the Hubris Of The Cinematic Universe Model [Podcast] at The Playlist.