Written by Patti Pauley
HUGE news on the Universal Monsters’ front today as not only do we have a new title for the iconic series of golden age monsters getting a 21st-century makeover Dark Universe, but we also have a release date for the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein and an incredible director on board!
Are you ready for this?!
Per the Hollywood Reporter, the studios unveiled the newly branded Dark Universe logo via Twitter today and an amazing photo line-up of the modernized Universal Monsters stars that will breath new life into these beloved icons that set the bar for horror movies as we know them today. It has been reported that Crowe’s character of Hyde/Jekyll, who appears in the upcoming Mummy film opening everywhere June 9th, will serve as the glue that binds all the films together. MONSTERS ASSEMBLE! Here’s the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars!
Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Sophia Boutella (The Mummy).
Along with this news today, director Bill Condon (2017’s Beauty and the Beast, and ironically Gods and Monsters) is set to guide the beautiful and tragic tale of The Bride of Frankenstein into theaters with a release date of February 14, 2019. Elsa Lanchester made the Bride an iconic part of the Universal Monsters’ legacy with her duel acting role in said film as both the Bride and Mary Shelley who appears at the beginning of the 1935 classic movie. No word yet on WHO will fill those very large shoes, but we should have an answer soon per the studios.
Welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters boils and ghouls! Are you excited?
— #DarkUniverse (@darkuniverse) May 22, 2017