Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ Crushing Blow?
With a real lacklustre run at the box office, and with negative reviews, Universal’s first Dark Universe film, ‘The Mummy‘, may lose one of its most important creators. With the film failing to bring in the big box office numbers, Alex Kurtzman is questioning his position within the brand new expansive universe.
“If your passion isn’t there you shouldn’t be doing it”
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Kurtzman was asked by IGN if he was still part of the Dark Universe, to which he replied,
“You know, the truth is I don’t know. I really don’t know. I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer.”
Which is a polite way of saying that he’s not all that keen on the idea any more. I guess a grilling by the critics will do that to a guy! Kurtzman directed the action horror ‘The Mummy‘, so he was obviously hurt by the bad reaction the film has had. In another interview he spoke about the future of the ‘DU‘, explaining how each of the films will be very different from each other.
“I think every movie will be different. 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.”
And when asked when to call it quits on a franchise, Kurtzman said
“I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of Star Trek if your passion isn’t there you shouldn’t be doing it. “
Kirkman has been a huge part for shaping the new franchise ,and losing him could end up being disastrous to universal. The next film in the ‘DU‘ will arrive February 14th 2019, with Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘Bride of Frankenstein‘, so Kurtzman better snap out of his ‘sorry for himself’ state and steer this ship clear of any more rocks.
Bride of Frankenstein will be directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon, and is set for a February 14, 2019 release.