Why the Dark Universe failed, according to The Mummy producer

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From Digital Spy

Universal's Dark Universe finished before it even began after The Mummy flopped in 2017.

The attempt to launch a shared monster cinematic universe had a lot riding on it, with big budget stars such as Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp on board, not to mention a lot of money too.

However, just because you aim to replicate the success of Marvel and DC's shared universes doesn't mean you can - and one of the producers behind the endeavour agrees that things moved too fast.

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"I don't [have] regrets or anything like that," Chris Morgan (also a writer on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) told io9. "I think it’s just, you know, I think it probably was trying to come together too quickly, I would say.

"And I think everyone got to take a breath and take a step back and take a look at it, and now just focus on maybe doing it a little bit slower."

The studio is now approaching things differently, with its planned Invisible Man movie now changing tack by casting The Haunting of Hill House's Oliver Jackson-Cohen in the lead role instead of Depp, and pushing the movie back to 2020.


"I think Universal's going about the monster films the right way," Morgan continued. "Which is to really focus on taking a good script, good story, put it out there, if you're going to build a universe build it from something strong like that.

"And I think they're not so much worried about putting a universe out there as they are making great monster films, so I'm looking forward to seeing them."

The Invisible Man reboot is set to release on March 13, 2020.

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