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Universal reveals Dark Universe logo with Danny Elfman theme music

05.22.2017by: Eric Walkuski

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This isn't exactly breaking news for anyone, but Universal Pictures has embarked on a mission to revamp its series of Universal Monsters movies, starting on June 9th with the release of Alex Kurtzman's THE MUMMY. Today, the studio made it officially official, unveiling the title of this enterprise - DARK UNIVERSE - that comes packing its own theme song composed by none other than Danny Elfman!

The below logo will play before THE MUMMY and all subsequent Universal Monster reboots. In addition, they've announced that Bill Condon's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN will be the next chapter and will hit theaters on February 14, 2019. How romantic! More on that announcement in a bit...

From the Universal press release:

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.

Prodigium even has its own website now, which can be seen HERE.

As previously announced, Chris Morgan (FAST & FURIOUS franchise) and Kurtzman will be overseeing the Dark Universe, with help from David Koepp (who is penning the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN remake) and Chris McQuarrie (who co-wrote THE MUMMY). It's also been confirmed that Johnny Depp will indeed by playing The Invisible Man in a future installment.

Said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures:

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically... The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it.  As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

Check out the official Dark Universe announcement video, complete with Elfman music, below. Fun fact: the graphic and the motion logo were created by five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects facility Weta Digital.

Extra Tidbit: Are you looking forward to Universal's DARK UNIVERSE?

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