The Death of Universal’s Dark Universe and the Issues with Universe Building in Film

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

10 Responses

  1. Brilliant article Nick! I don’t understand why these films need to be remade to begin with? The original bride of Frankenstein; the invisible man. Both are brilliant! The original mummy film was great (from what I can remember of my early teenage years) I fear these film companies are struggling with new ideas and it makes me fear for all those films I adore 😖

    • Nick Kush says:

      I️ think they could use an update, but they definitely shouldn’t be expensive action films like they were trying!

  2. Cinespiria says:

    The Mummy was pretty bad but I was looking forward to a few of these films based off of some of the casting choices (Cruise not being one of them). They really don’t need to follow what Marvel is doing by making action heavy blockbusters. The original Universal Monsters movies worked as straight up horror and then got a bit hokier as time went on and monsters started crossing over. While I enjoyed a lot of those films, they weren’t anything like what they tried to give us with Cruise’s Mummy picture. Universal WAS the original shared cinematic universe. Just get back to basics. Focus on films, a their own body of work, then leave the door open for characters to come together. I was mostly hopeful for the eventual Creature From the Black Lagoon remake. I’m sure it will get made eventually, hopefully it is just in capable hands.

  3. TheWarner says:

    An excellent article! After watching The Mummy I’m pleased the Dark Universe is on ice. As you pointed out the film’s storyline seemed to focus more on setting up other films within the Dark Universe, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The plot was senseless, and the movie a bore. Given the casting it appears Universal Pictures is seeking to rely on star-power rather than good plots to sell tickets with this franchise, and it’s also obvious this was a shameless attempt to compete with Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios’ DC and Marvel Universe franchises.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Exactly! They emphasis was clearing on making money and not the quality. Obviously, studios are always out to make a profit, but it was so shameless in this instance!

  4. Solid post, Nick! In hindsight, starting things off with the much-maligned “Dracula Untold” doesn’t seem as bad. Still, thanks for bringing a topic that I’ve discussed in other articles. As I’ve always said: If you want to create a cinematic universe, that’s fine. I won’t stop you. However, you need to slowly build it up and not ruin the singular tales by cramming so many other things into it. Keep up the good work, Nick-O-Li!

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s almost like these studios are self-destructing. Can’t they realize that this isn’t the way to do things?

  5. Yeah this idea was shit from the jump

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