THE MUMMY Director’s Future With DARK UNIVERSE Now In Doubt
Alex Kurtzman, who directed Tom Cruise’s The Mummy and is one of the creative talent behind the entire upcoming Universal “Dark Universe” of Monsters, has cast some doubt on his involvement in the future of the series.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour for Star Trek, Kurtzman told IGN about his involvement:
“You know the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I haven’t really decided is the honest answer.”
The Mummy was not well-received by critics and opened to lackluster box office results in the United States (but not abroad). Still, Universal appeared set to carry on with its own new universe, which would be followed by Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon and produced by Kurtzman). About that project, Kurtzman said: “I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it.”
But it seems like Kurtzman is still holding out hope on the Dark Universe and that the tepid beginning for the world could be overcome. He observed that these stories have resonated with U.S. audiences for almost a century and noted: “I think every movie will be differently. I certainly know that the legacy of the monsters have endured across the world throughout the years. Almost a century. So I have to believe American audiences will find it too with the right ingredients.”
Other potential entries into the franchise include Van Helsing, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wolfman, and The Invisible Man.