Universal Monster Universe Ditches Horror

Posted in The Screening Room by - November 16, 2014

Universal Studios has ditched the horror aspect of their upcoming classic monster reboots in lieu of more action focused films. This news comes on the heels of Dracula Reborn, the Dracula reboot featuring Luke Evans, which is now the equivalent of the first Iron Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. And we had an epihany, which is that the horror genre has a ceiling; it’s not global. There’s a reason why monster characters are enduring, generation upon generation. So we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.

— Donna Langley, Head of Universal

The most recent Mummy film was extremely successful without relying on horror and that seems to be the model Universal will be following unlike the Benicio Del Toro Wolfman remake. I’m interested to see where they go with this cinematic universe even if I feel like this cinematic universe has the potential to be derivative. Not everyone can be as successful as Marvel has with their cinematic universe but hopefully Universal can do something original with the concept.

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