Will revamped Universal Monsters share a Universe guided by Kurtzman & Orci?


Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the studio tentpole writers of the moment. Responsible (culpable?) for the TRANSFORMERS films, upcoming AMAZING SPIDER-MAN sequels and this yea’rs insipid STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the two are moving it seems more explicitly into horror, starting with monster royalty at Universal.

Producing both a VAN HELSING redo and a new iteration of THE MUMMY (last reported to-maybe-be-directed by MAMA’s Andres Muschietti), Orci has somewhat revealed larger plans for a revamped lineup of Universal Monsters that are all set to take place within the same Universe (à la Marvel), and seemingly starting with next year’s DRACULA UNTOLD starring Luke Evans.

Orci told IGN (handily transcribed by Shock), “There’s 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. VAN HELSING, and we’re also producing THE MUMMY for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s 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. It’s not going to be just a remake.”

Will this lead to Universal’s AVENGERS, something of a new HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN? Can it work under the eyes of these two writer/producers?

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  • AlexChris617

    We need new, fresh and original horror films. We don’t need any more of these reboots, or reimaginings. And we especially don’t need it done just for name recognition.

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  • The_Pin_Cushion_Man

    I didn’t think ST: Into Darkness was insipid. Actually, one of the best films of the summer.

  • Richie

    I’ll answer your question, Sam: NO, IT CANNOT. NOT UNDER ORCI & KURTZMAN. A THOUSAND TIMES NO. I revere the original Universal Studios Monsters. As a little boy, they (and Godzilla) were my doorway into the world of horror. I adore those original films and the actors, directors, and designers who made them. And there’s nothing wrong with reimagining a classic monster. Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll/Hyde, Phantom of the Opera… They were based upon original novels, and therefore one can interpret and reinterpret that original source material in countless ways. Many of them I’ve enjoyed highly; some of them I found terrible. Others, like the Joe Johnston remake of THE WOLF MAN, were perhaps not perfect (and I suspect that’s due more to studio execs moronic meddling than anything else), but still great movies in their own right, which displayed an obviouis fondness for the character and his legend. I have no problem with doing another “Monster Mash” kinda film wherein you bring Dracula, Frankenstein’s creature, the Wolf Man, et al together. Done correctly, those films can be tremendous fun. Maybe not scary, but they can be a terrfic, fun ride. But I have ZERO faith in Orci & Kurtzman. After what they did to STAR TREK – outright RUINING a series I’ve loved since I was 12 years old – I cannot believe that they wouldn’t do as much horrific damage to the Universal Monsters as they did to STAR TREK. You want to bring the classic monsters together in an adventure that is made with heart, ingenuity, and (almost more importantly than anything else) RESPECT for the source material? Look up the fan film TALES OF DRACULA. Just as with STAR TREK, I have turned to fellow fans – the ones who have a genuine love for the subject material and treat the characters and the worlds they inhabit – to get my fix. Until Guillermo Del Toro FINALLY gets around to doing his film adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN, I’ll settle for TALES OF DRACULA and my dvds of the original classic movies.

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