The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ Universal Monsters are COMING

Honey Buzz ~ Universal Monsters are COMING

As hard as horror fans are fighting against the urge to curl up in the corner and cry like five year olds, the journey through denial is just about over. Universal's announcement earlier this year that they would be revamping their classic monster properties, starting with The Mummy. 

Now, for those of you who are confused...don't be. The 1932 film launched the career of Boris Karloff and featured some of the more amazing monster makeup transformations of the era and was a horror staple well into the 40s and 50s spawning a slew of sequels and copycats. A modern reboot has also already BEEN made, back in 1999. It starred the delightfully adorable (and unexpected) duo of Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser, and the delicious Oded Fehr. I unashamedly love it, and I honestly wonder at the need to reboot again.

Yeah, me too, guys.

HOWEVER, Universal will not be deterred by a simple thing like common sense when there's money to be made and perhaps a new ride or two for the Universal Studios Theme Park. After naming Alex Kurtzman as director, writers have now been assigned to the project. Noah Hawley (Fargo television series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), and Ed Solomon (Men in Black) will write and create the screenplay.

The plan is for these "Monster Men" to act akin to Pixar's brain trust, or more aptly, like a well-oiled television writer's room, where all will have a hand in each other's movies and offer help as needed as they work on a model of serialized storytelling. 
As part of the move, Guzikowski will take the lead writing The Wolfman, a new take on the classic werewolf tale that will hopefully re-launch a franchise and also weave in with the movies of the other monster characters. Hawley and Solomon have yet to take point on projects as the plan is still unfolding. 

While it was rumored that Dracula Untold would tie into the Universal reboots, The Mummy will be the first movie released and a June 24, 2015 release date. Other planned movies will revolve around the characters of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and vampire hunter Van Helsing. Sigh. Universal has also planned April 21, 2017, for its second monster franchise film release.

I don't know how to feel feels about this yet...check back in the Spring when teasers start being released. I personally won't be giving a shit until the makeup and FX team has been chosen.

(Source: THR