You can’t keep a good monster down, eh? Apparently so.
While Universal Studios had grand plans to develop what they’d dubbed the Dark Universe, that shared cinematic realm seemed doomed before it ever really got going.
The first picture in the shared monster movie-verse was the Tom Cruise-fronted The Mummy, and from there the studio had plans in place for Johnny Depp to headline The Invisible Man, Russell Crowe to get a Jekyll & Hyde film, Javier Bardem to play the monster in Frankenstein, and speculation of Angelina Jolie starring in Bride of Frankenstein, Dwayne Johnson to snarl as The Wolfman, and Scarlett Johansson to put a female spin on The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Only all of those future movies or potential movies were seemingly scrapped once The Mummy bombed and apparently became both the first and last film of this shared realm.
Now, artist Robert Vargas has taken to his Instagram page to reveal he’s had a meeting to discuss all things Dark Universe – suggesting that Universal’s array of classic monsters aren’t quite as dead as we thought.
Great meeting this morning with the amazing #DarkUniverse team. Thank you #Universal Exec, Holly Goline and Crash for the hospitality. Looking forward to contributing to the Universal Pictures legacy with my work. Monster things in the works ;) Stay tuned! #Amazing people #RobertVargas #RobertVargasArt #CantStopWontStop #LA #Artist #LAmurals
What this means for the Dark Universe moving forward remains to be seen, but expect more on this shared realm if and when it continues to develop.