The Dark Universe is something I love. Classic monsters I grew up on watching, reading and enjoying throughout my childhood. When I heard Universal was in the process of recreating such iconic and cherished characters, I was excited and cautious. How they handled this new generation could bring forth an amazing advancement in already classic characters, or utterly ruin them and turn new viewers away from knowing the joy of great monsters. With how poorly The Mummy was received it didn’t look well for the return of the Dark Universe.
Despite that setback, Universal moved forward with their plans only to hit roadblock after roadblock. First The Bride of Frankenstein was indefinitely delayed, and then producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have left the universe to focus on other projects. Things looked bleak for the future of Universal’s project. One might even suggest it might be better to pause all projects to reevaluate the best course of action for the future. This especially after the fact that Ed Solomon, who was signed on to write an updated take of The Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, has parted ways with Universal.
When he spoke to Digital Spy Ed Solomon spoke of creative differences being the reason for the departure. “At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be,” he explained. “We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting.”
Solomon continues to say, “I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and, ‘What is our real intention with it?’, and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good.”
The fact that Ed Solomon mentions Universal “reconfiguring” the franchise is telling that all the recent troubles are definitely wearing down the Dark Universe’s future. Let’s hope they take some time, sit back and figure out what they are doing because I would love to see these wonderful creatures back on the big screen.