Earlier this year it was confirmed that Universal will be creating a Marvel style cinematic universe for their classic Monsters reboot, and the first film to be released as part of the franchise is The Mummy, dated 24th June 2016.
A second release date has now been announced, although the film remains a mystery. Per Variety:
Following through on its plan to reboot its classic monster franchies, Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017.
The film is the first to emerge from a planned series produced and overseen by the creative team of Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek”) and Chris Morgan (“Fast and Furious” series).
Universal has already set a June 24, 2016, launch for its reboot of “The Mummy” with Kurtzman producing along with Sean Daniel and Roberto Orci.
The untitled monster film is the first movie to be dated on April 21, 2017.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
And here is what we shared back in July with regards to the Classic Monsters reboot franchise:
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise.
It has not been confirmed whether Kurtzman and Morgan will write, produce or direct, but at this stage the plan is to go about enlisting talent to being the Universal monsters into the modern day of horror, and Universal have even likened their plans to that of Marvel with Disney. I believe the plan is to link the films in some way, and not just make stand-alone films.
Kurtzman and Morgan begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
Last year before the writing pair split, Kurtzman and Orci had been tapped by Universal to revitalise their classic monsters, and even though Orci is now no longer involved, here is what he said last year on the idea:
“There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. [We’re doing] Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake”