Universal adds a hunchback and a phantom to the ‘Dark Universe’ slate

The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman gave an interview with Fandom where he confirmed Universal’s Dark Universe lineup.

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,” he says.

For the record that adds The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera to the lineup.

This strikes me as ambitious. Universal is basically willing this franchise into being. The Mummy hasn’t even opened yet and is only on track to do $35 million when it opens this weekend, these are not “build a franchise” numbers. The whole thing seems kinda backward to me. Everyone wants a piece of that Marvel Universe money but everyone ignores that the first phase of that Universe was a huge gamble and each film only had minimal crossover. Not to mention that if one of them had failed –specifically the _first- one– it might have derailed the whole thing.

Either way some of these ideas are pretty cool. I don’t know how they’re going to turn The Phantom of the Opera into a dumb action movie but it’ll be interesting to find out. Assuming that The Mummy doesn’t tank and derail this whole thing.