With The Mummy set to hit theaters next month, Universal Pictures has announced that their monster-verse will be known as “Dark Universe,” which will revive the studio’s classic monster characters for “new generation” of moviegoers. However, perhaps the most interesting portion of this morning’s surprise press release was the part where the studio revealed the Bride of Frankenstein will be the next chapter in what is sure to be a rather interesting cinematic universe.
Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon will follow-up the worldwide box office smash with Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay penned by David Koepp, the veteran screenwriter best known for having previously written films such as Jurassic Park and Mission: Impossible. Rather than releasing a Dark Universe film for April 13, 2018, Bride of Frankenstein will serve as the next chapter in the series following The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton.
“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” Condon said. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”
The Dark Universe was created by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan and features quite an impressive ensemble that also includes Russell Crowe as Dr. Hnery Jekyll, Sofia Boutella as The Mummy, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster. “When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan.
The duo continued, “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”
In their announcement this morning, Universal stressed that the motion logo for the “new initiative” features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will hit theaters on June 9. Be sure to check out the stars of the Dark Universe gathered for the first time in the image above, and let us know your thoughts on the cinematic monster-verse by leaving a comment down below.
Phoenix: Here’s your chance to see ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ early and for free
Dying to see some monster on monster action? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that Warner Bros. is giving several of our very lucky Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend a free advance screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters next week.
All you have to do is click on this link to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters at Harkins Arizona Mills in big, beautiful IMAX on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
The sweepstakes are currently underway and winners will be selected and notified via email by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Mike Dougherty
Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe
Opens: Friday, May 31
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language
Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Amid misconduct allegations, Jason Mitchell’s career has pretty much gone down the toilet
Jason Mitchell was once considered a rising star in the world of Hollywood after garnering plenty of attention and praise for his portrayal of the late rapper Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Unfortunately for Mitchell, though, he seems to have pretty much nuked his own career.
According to Deadline, just about every person, company, or project that was involved with Mitchell at one point or another has suddenly distanced themselves from the actor in recent weeks due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior being leveled against him.”
While Deadline says that the details about those allegations are “sketchy,” THR reports that Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime series The Chi, says the actor sexually harassed her on multiple different occasions, making her feel unsafe on set.
In fact, Boone began feeling so unsafe on the set of The Chi that she would often have her fiance, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set with her on days when she had to shoot scenes with Mitchell. And, get this: Boone was only one of several actresses on The Chi who had made complaints against Mitchell.
Since these allegations came to light, Mitchell has been dropped by not only his talent agent, United Talent Agency, but also his management company and his role from The Chi, as well as a role in the upcoming Netflix comedy film Desperados.
Desperados had not even begun shooting yet at the time that Mitchell was fired, but THR says that Mitchell’s co-stars on the film had already begun expressing their concerns and complaints about working with him. So, yeah, that dude must’ve been pretty damn shitty for that to be the case.
Leonardo DiCaprio torches a bunch of Nazis in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer
Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.
There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.
Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.
Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.