Later this summer, Universal's Monsters Universe will finally kick into action with The Mummy, which boasts Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and is set to introduce a mythology and characters that will be stretched out for many, many more films to come. But what's the actual plan for Universal's Monsters Universe after The Mummy is released? Well, according to producer Chris Morgan, it's either going to be Bride Of Frankenstein, Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Van Helsing or The Wolfman next, but they're still trying to figure out, behind the scenes, exactly which one is first. During an exclusive interview with CinemaBlend, Chris Morgan explained:
Beyond [The Mummy], we're just developing... we're kind of locking in on all of the scripts. Right now, it's Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man, Van Helsing and The Wolfman. Those things kind of go a pace, and Universal will... we're in talks to kind of figure out what the next film to come out will be.
Chris Morgan made this admission to me when I recently chatted to him about The Fate Of The Furious, which he has written. Considering his scriptwriting exploits on the last six Fast And The Furious films, I was curious whether there had been any discussions about him writing a Monster movie for Universal, as he's currently only producing The Mummy. This provoked Chris Morgan to respond with:
No, no. I'm just kind of, right now, we are producing and overseeing -- Alex Kurtzman and I, our company has kind of joined together to oversee all of these films. So we're really just working with the writers, breaking the stories, [figuring out] 'What is that first story that we're going to tell about the Wolfman?' It's kind of critical to step in with the right foot, and to give people enough of an homage to the original, to make them complicated and dark characters, but to also kind of address our sentiments and a modern context, and let people feel like they're seeing something fresh. So it's kind of the joy of being able to talk monsters all day.
Clearly Chris Morgan is rather enthusiastic about being such a key cog in Universal's Monsters Universe, which increases the likelihood of him actually putting pen to paper on one of the various films they're currently developing. Of course, that all depends upon the success of The Mummy, though. But considering just how spectacular those trailers have been, and the presence of a certain Tom Cruise, it's safe to say that The Mummy should get the franchise off to a storming start. You can relive the most recent trailer for The Mummy below.
The Mummy will finally be released on June 9, while The Fate Of The Furious will be in theaters much sooner than that, as it will be roaring our way on April 14.