Not all characters are ready to live in one world.
This week, Lee Wonnell’s Invisible Man film, which will not be part of the Dark Universe, will be released. The desire of Universal Pictures to create its own cinematic universe by analogy with the cinematic universe Marvel turned out to be unrealizable after the commercially disappointing restart of Mummy. Universal Chair Donna Langley admitted that the Dark Universe ultimately proved to be an “unsuccessful” experiment, and explained:
We had an attempt to return our monsters, but it was unsuccessful. For some reason, our characters are unforgettable for the audience, so no one needs our attempt to actualize them and create a common universe of classic monsters. But on the other hand, we have gained valuable experience that will help create new films.
In Hollywood, they often draw the wrong conclusions from both successes and failures. But Donna Langley demonstrates a sound view of things. After it turned out that the audience was not interested in the Universal project for combining monsters into one universe, the company moved to a new plan – the director, not the character, is at the forefront. And the director gets carte blanche for the job. This will allow him to come up with his own unique approaches to iconic characters and not be bound by the need to adapt to some other films.
The first film in the framework of this concept is “The Invisible Man.” Following him will appear “Dark Army”, “Invisible Woman” and others.
The classic series of horror films Universal was filmed in the 1930s and 1950s. The characters in the films were Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man and the Beast from the Black Lagoon. Also in the framework of this series, the Phantom of the Opera, Murder on the Morgue Street and Notre Dame de Paris were filmed.