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What’s up with Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ monster movie franchise?
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera are in an action franchise with Tom Cruise?
Under the title Dark Universe, Universal Pictures is launching a franchise of rebooted monster movies like Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. It was meant to begin with Dracula Untold in 2014, but everyone involved is quietly pretending that film didn’t happen.
The Mummy reboot is Universal’s fresh start, and director Alex Kurtzman just announced two new titles for the franchise: The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As io9 editor Beth Elderkin pointed out on Twitter, both characters are humans with deformities, not supernatural creatures. This could explain why the franchise changed its name from Universal Monsters, but awkward crossovers aren’t the only problem here.
Why is Dark Universe a thing?
Everything is an action movie now
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.