Universal Stakes Out Release Date for Third Monster Movie
Since Universal doesn't have a stable of superheroes, it's looking to its library of monsters to create a sweeping franchise; Tom Cruise is set to star in 'The Mummy,' while Johnny Depp has signed up for 'The Invisible Man.'
Universal has staked out a third release date for one of its monster universe event movies — Feb. 15, 2019 — but isn't revealing the title.
The studio's ambitious plan to revive and reimagine its classic library kicks off on June 9, 2017, when The Mummy starring Tom Cruise hits theaters. Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the initiative.
Universal had previously set a second untitled monster movie for April 13, 2018.
One movie that's in the running for 2018 or 2019 is The Invisible Man. In February, Johnny Depp closed a deal to star in the reboot.
The studio has a writers room with elite scribes, overseen by Kurtzman and Morgan, who are tackling reboots of the entire line of Universal’s classic monsters; sources say Ed Solomon, best known for writing Men in Black and Now You See Me, is writing Invisible Man.
yay for "Cookie Monster: The Movie" an interesting movie about an awesome monster me think
Oh by the way, according to this article not only Russell Crowe is in talks to play part in "The Mummy" (like a Dr. Jekill) but also is rumored that other of the characters of the other movies will be doing a cameo too
While other actors — like Johnny Depp in “The Invisible Man” — will first appear in standalone projects, insiders say some of the classic characters will make cameos in “The Mummy” as a means of launching spinoff franchises.
I'm not sure how this relates to "The invisible man" but at least, according to the new synopsis of "The Mummy" that movie is settled in modern times (as if the pictures of Tom Cruise looking like "Tom Cruise" shooting the movie weren't enough confirmation already )
“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.”
As it has been informed, Universal plans these movies as a "shared universe" as much as the superhero movies of Disney, where Iron Man appear at Thor or Captain America and the Black Widow is in Hulk, etc, etc, so it could mean if "The Mummy" is in modern days also "The Invisible Man" could be in the modern days too
Russell Crowe has said that he is excited for his kids to see him taking on the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll in a big budget reboot of The Mummy alongside Tom Cruise.
The 52-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his new comedy thriller, The Nice Guys, with Ryan Gosling, said there is a percentage of him that took on the role because of his two sons, Charles aged twelve and Tennyson who is nine years old.
"I'm going to play Dr. Henry Jekyll in the reboot of The Mummy with Tom Cruise. It's the beginning of a thing that Universal are doing with what they call the Monsters Universe," he told TEN in London.
"So they can take a lot of their old school monster films from the '40s and '50s, things like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man, and tie them all together in one overall plot. We'll see how we go with that," Crowe added.
om Cruise will reportedly play Navy Seal Tyler Colt, who is hunting terrorists when he is recruited to enlist the help of the band of monsters to battle an awakened ancient queen, played by Sofia Boutella.
Reports suggest Johnny Depp is also due to join the cast as the Invisible Man, alongside Sam Worthington and Jurassic World's Jake Johnson.
The New-Zealand born actor revealed that the movie would differ greatly from the Brendan Fraser-fronted The Mummy trilogy, and hinted that it could be set in the modern day.
"It's a fascinatingly creative idea and when they laid it all out for me, it was very appealing. I have to admit there is a certain percentage involved in this, that is about my kids because they think it's pretty exciting. There's something in Henry Jekyll and how he gets to where he goes, which I think will be almost A Beautiful Mind-ish," he said.
It was previously reported that the film is set to rival the Marvel Avenger's franchise, with each character eventually getting their own spin-off movie.
Javier Bardem is (rumored) to play Frankenstein in this movie universe, despite that there's no a movie about Frankenstein in development yet...he's needed for these mysterious cameos
And here's an ageist article from somebody who think 50 years old should retire and maybe wants Zac Efron or Liam Hemsworth to play the monsters (just kidding, but it gives some perspective about the possible reasons behind Depp, Cruise, Crowe, Bardem to play the monsters)
Why Is Universal’s Monster Universe Being Built Around 50-Somethings?