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Alex Kurtzman & Chris Morgan to develop Universal's movie monsters universe

07.17.2014

Last year we learned Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci want to create a shared cinematic universe for Universal Pictures' classic movie monsters, however there hasn't been any news on the project since the screenwriters ended their working relationship back in April.

But now Deadline is reporting Kurtzman is sticking with Universal's monster mash, and joining him will be THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 1-7 and WANTED screenwriter Chris Morgan. The site says the duo have "begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films," with the first being THE MUMMY, which is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2016. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan might end up writing at least one of the monster movies, but right now they are only producing the films.

I don't think a shared cinematic universe involving Universal's monsters is a bad idea, but I'm not extremely excited about these plans either. A lot is going to depend on how the monsters will be used, and what brings them all together.

What are your thoughts on Universal's plans for their classic movie monsters, and which one are you the most excited to see again on the big screen?

Source: Deadline

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10:41AM on 07/19/2014

This is long overdue

But hopefully it won't be the campy drek we had to sit through in the Mummy trilogy and Van Helsing.

But hopefully it won't be the campy drek we had to sit through in the Mummy trilogy and Van Helsing.

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11:28PM on 07/17/2014

Monsters Unite

What are the odds you see Del Toro, Eckhart and Luke Evans return to their monster roles once they intro The Mummy? To me that would at least make this interesting. Otherwise it's like they are trying to pump water from a dry well.
What are the odds you see Del Toro, Eckhart and Luke Evans return to their monster roles once they intro The Mummy? To me that would at least make this interesting. Otherwise it's like they are trying to pump water from a dry well.
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6:41PM on 07/17/2014

I LOVE the idea of seeing the classic monsters again!

Orci and Kurtzman are, however, the equivalent of cinematic herpes and fuck up everything they are involved in.
Orci and Kurtzman are, however, the equivalent of cinematic herpes and fuck up everything they are involved in.
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2:04PM on 07/17/2014
Where does Tom cruise's Van Helsing stand?
Where does Tom cruise's Van Helsing stand?
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1:30PM on 07/17/2014
I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I'm just saying, give us one good movie first and then we'll see what everyone thinks.
I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I'm just saying, give us one good movie first and then we'll see what everyone thinks.
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1:29PM on 07/17/2014
There was a time when Tim Burton would've been ideal for this material. I have to agree, these writers aren't filling me with hope, but if they successfully lay the groundwork, then it could turn into a pretty cool franchise reboot.
There was a time when Tim Burton would've been ideal for this material. I have to agree, these writers aren't filling me with hope, but if they successfully lay the groundwork, then it could turn into a pretty cool franchise reboot.
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1:11PM on 07/17/2014

I am very much into this

But, unlike other comic properties, I do think this needs to follow Marvel's structure (or I guess the old Universal monster movie structure!) where they need to do solo movies before a team up of some sort. I also think that they need to really strive hard to keep the same tone as the classics. The recent reincarnations of these movies didn't do that great at the job. But I am a HUGE fan of the old Universal monster movies, so I say BRING IT!
But, unlike other comic properties, I do think this needs to follow Marvel's structure (or I guess the old Universal monster movie structure!) where they need to do solo movies before a team up of some sort. I also think that they need to really strive hard to keep the same tone as the classics. The recent reincarnations of these movies didn't do that great at the job. But I am a HUGE fan of the old Universal monster movies, so I say BRING IT!
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11:55AM on 07/17/2014

Kinda been half-done already by Abbot and Costello...

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12:13PM on 07/17/2014
It had already been done in the Universal monster films themselves, in 'House of Frankenstein' and 'House of Dracula'. The Universal monsters are quite probably the earliest example of a shared cinematic universe. Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, all on screen together as early as 1944.
It had already been done in the Universal monster films themselves, in 'House of Frankenstein' and 'House of Dracula'. The Universal monsters are quite probably the earliest example of a shared cinematic universe. Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, all on screen together as early as 1944.
10:02AM on 07/17/2014

Count me in

I like this idea. Anything involving the classic monsters in a movie is exciting, especially anything with The Wolfman in it.
I like this idea. Anything involving the classic monsters in a movie is exciting, especially anything with The Wolfman in it.
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9:54AM on 07/17/2014
Great idea, the screenwriters don't fill me with confidence though. They should go after lower key writers and low key horror.
Great idea, the screenwriters don't fill me with confidence though. They should go after lower key writers and low key horror.
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9:43AM on 07/17/2014
It would actually be pretty cool to see all of the famous iconic monsters join up in one film universe and one film. It's just too bad that they didn't realize this before when making the Mummy films with Fraser, or with Jackman doing Van Helsing, or even Eckhart, and Del Toro with Frankenstein, and Wolfman.
It would actually be pretty cool to see all of the famous iconic monsters join up in one film universe and one film. It's just too bad that they didn't realize this before when making the Mummy films with Fraser, or with Jackman doing Van Helsing, or even Eckhart, and Del Toro with Frankenstein, and Wolfman.
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10:12AM on 07/17/2014
I think the reason they are starting from scratch is because how awful, excluding the first Mummy, all those movies were...
I think the reason they are starting from scratch is because how awful, excluding the first Mummy, all those movies were...
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