Universal, desperate to acquire its equivalent to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Paramount’s Transformers series, and DC/WB’s Extended Universe, plans on two reboots: Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy this weekend and continues in two years with Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein , starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster. Johnny Depp has plans for an Invisible Man movie. Furthermore, the studio also has reboots planned for Van Helsing , The Wolf Man , and Creature from the Black Lagoon. In addition, two more films are in the works by The Mummy‘s Alex Kurtzman: The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera .
My take: dusting off old films to make a cinematic universe franchise sounds like a daunting task, and probably is. I guess if anyone is up to is, Universal is. Personally I don’t think they’ll get far with the project, and I think stiff competition from comic book movies will hurt their chances, but it is nice to see someone doing something somewhat different from the pack. Beats more men in capes fighting each other for little to no reason other than the film needed a reason to have superheroes appear at all. We’ll see how well this goes when The Mummy debuts, because it’ll either be that film standing in the end or the upcoming Spider-man reboot. One shall stand, one shall fall.