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?