In fact, apart from still relying on Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, the film titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) is also reinforced by the legendary action actor: Jet Lee. Due to the failure of his third film at the box office, the fourth film The Mummy, which was originally going to star Luke Ford and Maria Bello, was finally canceled.
However, in 2012, as if not giving up, Universal Pictures announced that it would reboot (restart the story from scratch) the The Mummy franchise. And, interestingly, Universal Pictures will make this latest version of The Mummy film to revive the Universal Monsters franchise. That was successful in the past. Which, this time, they are carrying with the title Dark Universe.
In fact, what was originally billed as the opening for a film franchise about these terrible creatures was Dracula Untold (2014). However, due to a negative response in the market, the film, starring the handsome Luke Evans, failed to spearhead the Dark Universe.
Universal Pictures then turned to The Mummy as the first Dark Universe film. By cooperating with class A action actor Tom Cruise as the main star. One of the biggest studios in Hollywood that has been successful with the Fast & Furious franchise, it seems, is not playing games in preparing the new Universal Monsters franchise.
Which will star Javier Bardem. In 2019. In addition, there is also The Invisible Man. Which will rely on Johnny Depp as the main play. Then, not wanting to be left behind, Vampire Dracula and Wolfman, reportedly, will also join. However, it is not yet known who will play them.
Yes, like other franchises, Dark Universe does intend to combine these characters in one film. It’s just that, the difference is, this time, what unites are not superheroes, such as The Avengers and Justice League, but a group of strange and terrible creatures.
Prior to the Dark Universe, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), in fact, had united these strange characters. Based on the comic of the same name by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, the film features Allan Quatermain (played by Sean Connery), Captain Nemo, the vampire Mina Harker, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Henry Jekyll. And, not to forget, Professor James Moriarty. Who is Sherlock Holmes’ mortal enemy.
In the Dark Universe, Dr. Henry Jekyll is coming back. He became one of the important characters. A scientist who can turn into a monster named Mr. The Hyde is the leader of Prodigium. A secret organization that hunts mysterious monsters.
For those who are curious about Prodigium, Universal Pictures has prepared a website as a source of information.
Meanwhile, for the reboot of The Mummy, which is the first in the Dark Universe, the story is different from the classic trilogy. Although it still uses ancient Egyptian mythology as a backdrop, there is no longer any Imhotep character. The one played by the bald Arnold Vosloo. In addition, the time setting is also in the modern era. The present era. Not in the early 1900s like in Brendan Fraser’s mummy movies.