When someone thinks of a cinematic universe, the first example that comes to mind is the MCU. But Universal Studios was making epic crossover movies back in the 1940s, with titles like Frankenstein’s house and Dracula’s house show their list of monster icons bumping into the big screen. Now filmmaker Paul Feig plans to revive that genre of monster mashup movies Dark Army, which is set to include classic Universal monsters and some new ones. In an interview with Collider, Feig reaffirmed his commitment to making the film, even though the project will be very expensive.
“Oh, Dark Army. I love that project so much. I think the studio may find it a bit overpriced. God as my witness, I’m gonna make that movie. I am so obsessed with making that movie. One of the many reasons I was drawn to doing this current Netflix [movie] is there are a lot of things I can work out in it, as far as effects and stuff, that I can bring to Dark Army. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. It’s one of my favorite main characters I’ve ever come up with. So fingers crossed that someday we’ll make it. “
Before modern CGI allowed superheroes to finally hit the big screen in all their glory, characters like Universal’s Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, and the Mummy were the closest to the super-powered creatures the audience got to see. In a previous interview, Paul Feig had expressed his love for old-school monster horror movies, and his desire to follow in their footsteps Dark Army.
“I’m a huge fan of those old horror movies [directed by James Whale]. Frankly, I call them more monster movies than horror movies. Horror movies now represent slasher to me and things like that, which I don’t enjoy at all. I loved those old movies like Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein is probably one of the greatest movies of all time. I love that movie so much, and there are some things from that movie that I’m using in this new Dark Army movie. “
But I really want to make a James Whale-esque, modern version of a monster movie about these characters. What I love about monsters is that they are outsiders, it’s just the most extreme version of outsiders. Frankenstein is one of the most lovable characters ever featured on screen, even though he does terrible things. He’s just looking for acceptance and love. If you read Mary Shelley’s book, he’s a pure mind who goes bad because he’s constantly pooping. Everyone just can’t get past his appearance, and it makes him murderous. “
Aside from Feig’s plans, Universal also had its own ambitions to create the next cinematic universe with the ill-fated “Dark Universe” franchise, which includes films like Dracula Untold and Tom Cruise’s The mummy movie. The Dark Universe was quietly retired after the films failed to spark the public’s imagination. It now remains to be seen if Feig’s enthusiasm will be enough to persuade the studio to make another attempt to try an interconnected Universal Monsters. This news comes from Collider.
Subjects: Dark Army, Dark Universe, Universal Monsters