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Universal details plans for their Classic Monsters

11.17.2015by: Eric Walkuski

There's an interesting article over at Variety explaining the game plan for Universal's "Classic Monsters" reboots. As you're well aware, the studio is in the process of bringing all of their famous villains back to the big screen - Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. - with Chris Morgan (FAST & FURIOUS) and Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) heading up the cause. And, naturally, the idea is to put them all in one of those shared universes that are so popular, so that one day we'll see Drac and Mummy hanging out together (hopefully that's something you actually want to see).

As Universal's Donna Langley - who at one point made us worry that these movies would live in the action genre - puts it:

The characters will interact with each other across movies. We’re incubating it at the moment, and we’re taking the time to get it right.”

Morgan explains that the monsters will be relatable:

Heroes tend to be perfect, but most people in an audience aren’t ever going to know what it’s like to be the smartest, strongest or fastest person alive... But there’s a darkness inside everybody. And everyone wants to be able to turn a curse into empowerment. The monsters have been in the shadows, and now it’s time to bring them out into the light.”

It should also be known that the films will be "contemporary" while still mixing in elements from the classic films (Frankenstein's monster will have bolts in his neck). Says Morgan:

This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world?’ ”

Should you poo-poo those words, remember than the original Universal films very much dealt with those very themes. Whether or not Morgan, Kurtzman and the rest of the team will be able to successfully bring these memorable creatures up-to-date in a way satisfying for today's audiences remains to be seen.

Source: Variety

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2:50PM on 11/17/2015

No. Keep the monsters in the DARK.

We don't want more shitty action movies focusing on the monsters. I, Frankenstein was shit. Dracula Untold was shit. The only movie where you need to learn about the monster is The Mummy where it is almost a love story with horror/adventure elements. But they already announced it was going to be some female Mummy fighting US Soldiers. BS.
We don't want more shitty action movies focusing on the monsters. I, Frankenstein was shit. Dracula Untold was shit. The only movie where you need to learn about the monster is The Mummy where it is almost a love story with horror/adventure elements. But they already announced it was going to be some female Mummy fighting US Soldiers. BS.
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2:28PM on 11/17/2015
What I like about the classic monsters is that they were set in a time and space and format of story telling that was gothic and atmospheric, that the time and setting became an intricate part of the monsters themselves. I wonder how they would manage a contemporary reboot that keeps that macabre part of their identity whole.
I feel like all the contemporary versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man they all seem so phony and unreal as characters. The motivations for the Frankenstein
What I like about the classic monsters is that they were set in a time and space and format of story telling that was gothic and atmospheric, that the time and setting became an intricate part of the monsters themselves. I wonder how they would manage a contemporary reboot that keeps that macabre part of their identity whole.
I feel like all the contemporary versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man they all seem so phony and unreal as characters. The motivations for the Frankenstein monster and his creator had a lot to do with the advent of that technology and the ethical questions of the day. Even Dracula had an old world entering high society tension to it, a noble aristocrat count joining the high society of London. I'm not saying it can't be done well, but it will be difficult to reboot multiple genres into a contemporary world and make it work.
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2:09PM on 11/17/2015
Excited, but probably will wish they just left the classic monsters alone. Nothing they have tried with them has been to my liking, Mummy films, that latest Dracula, though I did love Del Toro in The Wolf Man. Of course no one else did though. Le sigh.
Excited, but probably will wish they just left the classic monsters alone. Nothing they have tried with them has been to my liking, Mummy films, that latest Dracula, though I did love Del Toro in The Wolf Man. Of course no one else did though. Le sigh.
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