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This is not a remake or  sequel to the Brendan Fraser franchise.


All new movie featuring Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe.



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For those who didn't know, this film was supposed to kick off the "Dark Universe".  Univeral's monster movie-answer to the MCU ... because, sadly, every movie studio wants their own shared universe now. 


The Dark Universe was actually supposed to be started with Dracula Untold, but it flopped at the box office and Universal pulled a DCU and said, "Nope, nevermind ... The Mummy is the REAL start to our universe."  They had pretty big plans for too.



Tom Cruise was the star of The Mummy, Russell Crowe was also in the movie as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Johnny Depp was going to be the Invisible Man, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster and Angelina Jolie was supposed to star in the next film in the franchise, The Bride of Frankenstein (2019).  They even had Danny Elfman compose the short, musical piece you hear that accompanies the Dark Universe logo.

That's right, big plans.  BIG, big plans.  At least, they did before The Mummy released back in June.  Then, the movie came out and only grossed $80 million in the US and Canada (to be fair, it did really well overseas bringing the total to $409 million).  Now, it seems that the shared universe is all but dead.  Last month, Universal put The Bride of Frankenstein on hold and now, the architects of the Dark Universe - Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan - have both moved on to other projects.  Morgan is focusing on the Fast and Furious franchise and Kurtzman is doing the same with Star Trek: Discovery.  Universal is reevaluating the franchise(s) and may potentially try to do several one-shot films that do not exist within a shared universe.


I hate to say it, but I'm kind of glad this failed.  Movie companies have been talking about copying Marvel's-style of a shared universe for years now.  While I really like their movies, I honestly don't like the idea of nearly every movie that comes out within a year all being attached to their own separate universes.  Just thinking about it brings the idea of 'superhero fatigue' to a whole new level.

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