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Universal hires Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan to head Classic Monsters relaunch

Universal is Taking the Marvel Route With Their Monster Movies
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Alex Kurtzman, whose worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films from the “Transformers” franchise to “Star Trek,” will be put in the driver’s seat of yet another lucrative franchise.

According to a report by Deadline, Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will head a revival of Universal’s classic monsters. Universal’s staple of monsters includes Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman and The Invisible Man.

Universal who in the past decade has become defined by action franchises “The Fast and Furious” and “The Bourne Legacy,” is looking to maximize their IPs by having one interconnected monster cinematic universe.

Kurtzman recently parted ways with his longtime writing and producing partner, Roberto Orci. Morgan, the scribe behind five of the seven scripts of Universal’s cash cow “Fast and Furious” franchise, will team up with Kurtzman to seek out talent to bring these monsters back to the silver screen.

The report emphasizes that the two are not now set to write any of the films now; you can never rule that possibility out.

Meetings are underway to outline this cinematic monster universe-the first film in this huge undertaking is a new “Mummy” reboot that is slated for release April 22 2016. Among Kurtzman and Morgan’s long list of duties is to work closely with productions to make sure there is one strategy to bring these characters back to prominence.

Interconnected cinematic universes are the thing in Hollywood, Fox has “X-men” and “Fantastic Four,” Sony has “The Amazing Spider-man,” Disney has most of the Marvel catalog of characters, Warner Bros. has the entire DC universe, and now Universal has their monsters. Although Marvel Studios built a billion dollar machine with their cinematic universe that does not necessarily mean it works for everyone.

It’s time to play the waiting game and see if Universals monster universe is the next billion-dollar franchise. With “Dracula Untold” coming out later this year, it’ll put the pull of these characters to the test.

Are you guys excited about the idea of Dracula and The Creature From The Black Lagoon sharing the screen? Sound off in the comments.

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