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The Dark Universe is a shared filmic universe made by Universal Pictures.


Dracula Untold was released in 2014, originally intended to be the first entry in a cinematic universe rebooting Universal's monsters franchise. However, after flopping, The Mummy was announced, intended to be the official first film in the universe.[1] In May 2017, the Dark Universe was announced, along with future films including Bride of Frankenstein, as well as a film featuring the Invisible Man.[2] However, later that year, after The Mummy underperformed at the box office, Bride of Frankenstein was pulled from pre-production and from Universal's release schedule, the script to be worked on.[3]


Film U.S. release date Director Writer Status
The Mummy June 9, 2017 Alex Kurtzman Screenplay: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman
Story: Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet
Bride of Frankenstein TBA Bill Condon[2] David Koepp[4][3] In development


  1. "Universal Invented Movie Universes; Why Are They Having Such a Hard Time with Them Now?" - Vanity Fair
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Universal confirms monster movie universe with Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem" - Entertainment Weekly
  3. 3.0 3.1 "‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Back To Lab As London Pre-Production Postponed; Javier Bardem & Angelina Jolie Expected To Wait" - Deadline
  4. "‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Reboot to Be Written by David Koepp (EXCLUSIVE)" - Variety

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