Could Universal’s announced “Dark Universe” be in jeopardy?
It is looking that way with three major signs. The first is the box-office failure of The Mummy, which was the first film in the universe. The second sign was the delayed release of Bride of Frankenstein, which was to star Javier Bardem as the demented scientist. Universal decided to postpone it in order for Bill Condon to continue work on the script. The film’s release date of February 14, 2019, is now in doubt.
However, yesterday, the third sign of the Dark Universe’s jeopardy was announced with the departures of the two in-charge guys behind the cinematic universe. Alex Kurtzman has left due to his work on Star Trek: Discovery and other projects for CBS while Chris Morgan is not only penning both the ninth official Fast and Furious film but also penning a spin-off film to feature Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham‘s Deckard Shaw joining forces.
Things are not looking good for the Dark Universe, but only time will tell if Universal will be able to bounce back.
More as this develops.
H/T: Dark Horizons