The one person who I thought could resurrect The Dark Universe was Guillermo del Toro, and it looks like he was once approached to do it, but declined; a decision he now regrets.
The 53-year-old is a master of mood and atmosphere, the two things that make the black and white Universal monster movies so effective. Del Toro’s Crimson Peak is the perfect example of his Gothic style. And more recently his The Shape of Water, has been compared to Dark Universe contender The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
But he recently said in an interview with The New York Times while on a junket for his recent film that in 2007 he was offered the Universal monsters but said no thank you.
“The only time that I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007,” he said, ” when Universal in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner said do you want to take over the Monster Universe? And they gave me the reins of several properties, and I didn’t do it. That I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent. That’s the only thing.”
Sadly, the Dark Universe will remain just that for now because the reboot creators Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan announced last month they were abandoning the idea.
This decision came on the heels of the dismal and CGI laborious “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise which offended classic movie monster fans, even more that the Brandon Fraser films did.
The project was quickly re-examined and a The Bride of Frankenstein remake, starring another action star Angelina Jolie was tabled. As was The Invisible Man, which would have featured Johnny Depp.