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Andy Lambert

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Universal's Dark Universe
« on: 24 May, 2017, 11:46:22 pm »
I'm sure you've all seen the trailer for the The Mummy movie, starring Tom Cruise, and some of you know that this is the first in a series of films that will form a Marvel-style universe, involving Universal's legendary monsters.
I feel like I should be cynical about this project, and I'm not entirely won over by the trailer for The Mummy, nor am I a fan of Tom Cruise - but I'm actually looking forward to seeing classic movie monsters brought to life again and coming together - so long as it's more The Monster Squad than Van Helsing.

So Aside from Mr. Cruise and Sofia Boutella as the titular Mummy, we'll see Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, and Javier Bardem as Baron Frankenstein.


There's a bit about The Mummy, including the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Sp2MozCiI

And there's a lovely montage of clips from the original films that signals the coming "rebirth":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm2PX5Iz00

As I said above, this could turn out to be pants and a case of bandwagon-jumping, but I do hope it actually turns out to be really good...

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #1 on: 25 May, 2017, 12:07:17 am »
Nobody ever pronounces Jekyll properly these days.

Andy Lambert

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #2 on: 25 May, 2017, 12:18:16 am »
Nobody ever pronounces Jekyll properly these days.

Or spell it properly, as in my case...

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #3 on: 25 May, 2017, 12:18:43 am »
I hate to be a pessimist (not really, it's who I am) but I don't have much faith in Universal as a studio.

A company whose recent production credits include The Fate Of The Furious, Fifty Shades Darker, Ouija : Origin Of Evil, The Purge : Election Year and Ride Along 2.... oh and Bridget Jones's Baby

I can see studio involvement being a huge factor which won't be good news for fans of the classic monster movies.  And that Alex Kurtzman only has one previous directing credit, People Like Us

Prove me wrong Universal, prove me wrong.


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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #4 on: 25 May, 2017, 12:41:23 am »
At the risk of sounding pessimistic too, I think you may be proven right...

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #5 on: 25 May, 2017, 03:27:01 am »
I'm curious as to how an unreleased film has an 8.5 on IMDB though.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #6 on: 25 May, 2017, 05:52:43 am »
I would reserve judgment on Universal until I see the Woody Woodpecker movie(if its released outside Brazil).
But seriously now,I have to ask;Tom,whats you beef with the Fast and Furious franchise?Granted,its kinda stupid,but thats the point.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #7 on: 25 May, 2017, 09:09:57 am »
The trailer for The Mummy looked very reminiscent of the 1999 film...

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #8 on: 25 May, 2017, 09:40:38 am »
Haven't they tried this before with Benicio's Wolf Man and Hugh Jackman's Van Helsing?

I think there's mileage in the idea but they need some decent scripts.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #9 on: 25 May, 2017, 09:40:47 am »
Tom,whats you beef with the Fast and Furious franchise?Granted,its kinda stupid,but thats the point.

Where to begin.

-Where are the actors? Aren't films supposed to have actors? The Rock, Vin Diesel et al. are not actors. An actor is someone who can act. A turd in a toilet bowl does a better job of acting than anyone in these 'films'

-Physics. It's set in the real world. Not cartoon land. Yet almost every stunt defies physics. Just like the magic fire, bulletproof cars (a particular thing that annoyed me in the latest film was a grappling hook was fired through the Lamborghini's door, moment's later the baddies are firing machine guns and the character is using the same door as a shield. Yet it was already shown not to be bulletproof moments ago!), gravity that seems to turn itself off when required...the list goes on

-Story. To be fair it's wonderful to see Hollywood giving work to 5 year old screenwriters

There is way more but if I keep going I'm going to reach the world limit and no one will read it anyway

BUT

The thing that annoys me the most about it is that it's keeping better films from being made. And I can say that because it would be pretty much impossible to make something worse (unless Uwe Boll is involved but that's another post entirely).

rant over. bet ya wish you never asked :P

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #10 on: 25 May, 2017, 09:59:34 am »
Well,I see your point and like I said,it is stupid,but that's the point.IMO,its a fun kinda stupid,a guilty pleasure if you will.Brainless,harmless fun.
Anyhow,on the topic,Im not all that optimistic.Seems like another rushed jump on the Shared Cinematic Universe bandwagon.But I hope Im wrong.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #11 on: 25 May, 2017, 10:03:43 am »
I've seen one Fast/Furious film (I had a cineworld pass and was living in a city where I hardly knew anyone so was seeing every film that came out).  Within the first five minutes the protagonist had caused a car crash that injured three people.  This was the hero of the piece.  You only have to walk around on a Friday or Saturday night to see people speeding along public roads, ignoring red lights and otherwise taking their cues from films like this.  I wouldn't often say that bad behaviour is caused by rock'n'roll music/horror comics/roleplaying games/computer games/whatever, but in this case I think it's both normalising and glamourising not just bad, but actively dangerous driving.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #12 on: 25 May, 2017, 10:34:41 am »
To be fair here,some people are just idiots like that;there is no proof that a movie influenced them.

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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #13 on: 25 May, 2017, 01:14:44 pm »
How to update old Film Characters on your books that aren't earning much money? You rework them for a contemporary setting as period Films are more expensive to make and don't attract the twentysomethings demographics all advertiser love. So put them in a modern context, hire some well-known Film faces to play updated version of the classic Characters and there's your Monster Universe to go. Hope it works out for them.
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Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« Reply #14 on: 25 May, 2017, 01:40:24 pm »
I saw the trailer for The Mummy and it didn't appeal, to be honest. I think I'll miss the B-movie charm and humour of Brendan Fraser.