‘The Mummy’ Producer Says Phantom and Hunchback Will Join Dark Universe

Kim Taylor-Foster

The Bride of Frankenstein officially follows The Mummy as the next instalment in Universal’s new Dark Universe franchise – a shared universe of films resurrecting creatures from the old Universal monster movies. We also already know we’ll get an Invisible Man film starring Johnny Depp. You might well have heard talk of other films in the works.

Now the creative mind behind the Dark Universe, and director and producer of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman, has exclusively revealed to FANDOM that we’ll get Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among other titles added to the roster.

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he says.

Taking It Further

He also reveals plans to explore beyond the boundaries of the existing Universal monster properties: “There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”

The Mummy opens up some intriguing possibilities – embedding Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll into the world and his mysterious organization Prodigium as well as leaving us questioning where Tom Cruise’s character Nick Morton may be heading.

The Dark Universe is an ambitious project in its infancy and casting rumours are already beginning to swirl around the franchise. There has been talk, for instance, that Angelina Jolie may pick up the Bride of Frankenstein role. Kurtzman does nothing to dismiss this when asked who he’d like to bring into the Dark Universe.

“I’d love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I’d love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I’d love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie…” he says.

You can listen to the interview in the video above.

‘The Mummy’ hits screens on June 9.

Kim Taylor-Foster
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.