Recently we learned that there could have been a Cheech and Chong meets Jason movie. And now we have the revelation that Guillermo del Toro was nearly in charge of the Universal Monster Universe. While promoting his new film The Shape of Water del Toro was interviewed by the New York Times, and he revealed that back in 2007 he was offered the reigns to the franchise.
“The only time I repent I didn’t do something was in 2007, when Universal, in an incredibly gentle and beautiful manner, said ‘Do you want to take over the Monster Universe?’ And they gave me the reins of several properties and I didn’t do it. That I repent. So this is a confessional moment, I repent. That’s the only thing”.
What’s also interesting here is that it seems that Universal were planning this Monster Universe as early as 2007. Presumably 2010’s The Wolfman, which was in the early stages of development in 2007, was intended to kick off the franchise, but its poor box office put paid to that. At least it was a decent movie, unlike Dracula Untold which proved to be another false start for Universal in 2014, and the recent The Mummy wasn’t great either and who knows what’s happening to this franchise now?
I’ve never much liked the idea of reworking these old classics which I grew up on as big CGI-drenched action movies anyway, but with del Toro at the helm we could maybe have really had something – though I’m not sure that this would made the box office any better. At least del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which seems to be his reimagining of The Creature from the Black Lagoon and which looks great, is out fairly soon on February 16th.