Universal May Copy Marvel’s Combined Film Strategy With its Classic Monsters

Monsters unite…on film. The most famous monsters of film land may be linked together in a mass film universe. Remakes of the classic monster films are being planned, with the ultimate goal of combining the franchises Avengers-style.

Universal was once the trend-setter for combing different franchises into one mixed cinematic universe. In the 1930s-1940s, Universal was the king of monster films, having produced the Frankenstein films, the Dracula franchise, the Wolfman series, the Mummy franchise, the Invisible Man films and the Gill-Man (Creature from the Black Lagoon) movies. The studio also came up with the idea of combining these popular franchises together, with films like Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, the House of Frankenstein, the House of Dracula and Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein.  This was a new idea back then, and has been repeated many times since. Marvel is utilizing this tactic right now in their combined universe of Disney-produced films. Fox is also planning to follow this pattern with their X-Men/Fantastic Four franchises. Warner Brothers is similarly intending to combine their DC properties into one, big universe.

In lieu of this, Universal is going back to their roots and doing what made them successful 80 years ago. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriter pairing behind films like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Cowboys & Aliens, are working with director Andres Muschietti (Mama) on reboots to the gothic monster films of the Black & White era. In a recent interview with IGN, Orci said, “There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and the idea of trying to create a universe for them.”

The idea is still in the early stages and no further information on the films is available.