Universal wants their monsters to match

(from syracusenewtimes.com)

(from syracusenewtimes.com)

The folks at Universal know they have a lot of cha-ching in their monster movie closet.

So they’re making a move they hope will make the most of it.

Put on the job are the folks who’ve already tuned some cash register music with “Transformers” and “Fast and Furious.”

First up with by “The Mummy,” set for 2016, and then others from the studio’s library will get remade, too, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Bride of Frankenstein.

The idea is to put together a franchise instead of stand-alone remakes.

Interesting, no, this constant fiddling in the industry?

Also in the making is a biopic telling the story of 1936 four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.

For that man who beat down Adolph Hitler’s hate in Berlin, I say, bravo all over again.

If you want to read my Movie News installment of my blog on the Syracuse New Times site, click the link below.


Who’s your favorite movie monster? Do you like the idea of weaving themes from one monster’s movie to another? Franchise or keep them apart? Would you want to take a young person to see the Jesse Owens movie?

32 thoughts on “Universal wants their monsters to match

  1. If they are remakes of the classics, I think they should stay separate. I hate when they “remake” something then change it. If they are using classic monsters but writing new storylines, then combining them would be okay. My favorite? Frankenstein, of course. Yes on the Jesse Owens story. Great post! πŸ˜€


  2. My all-time favorite ‘monster’ is the one in ‘Alien’. (The first one)
    My all-time action hero is Ripley from the same movie. She was badass!
    And extremely sexy too.

    I would love to see a Jesse Owens movie. Have seen some documentaries on those Olympics, but it has been a long time.
    Cheers Mark


  3. Hey, this may be somewhat ‘news’ to you! I heard that they are going to use a woman to play the character, “Thor” in the Avengers! I hope that each part of the heroes from Universal will be still close to how we expect them to be…
    I would like to see a Jesse Owen’s movie, also (Colleen, you, Karen and me, what do you say? I will buy the popcorn and bring candy bars in my purse…) Jesse’s getting a tribute in Cleveland, the area he grew up has a road named after him and they are remodeling a stadium.

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      • It will be an awesome movie, when it comes out, maybe I will be ahead in my budget and can go to NY (ha ha!) Anyway, the popcorn is offered with true spirit of friendship and I would love to meet you and Karen, someday! Have an awesome weekend, to your family!


  4. That picture coming up on my reader was truly horrid! So glad I don’t look like that. I loved Monsters Inc. especially the line where the blob, who has no brain, explains ‘ turns out you don’t need one’. Of course,being a kids film they aren’t scary, which is how I like my monsters.


  5. i like stand-alone monsters myself, if they are well done, they are a handful all by themselves. as for my favorite monster, i love godzilla the best, he really knows how to put on a show. i would definitely take a young person to see the jesse owens film, as long as they were of an age to understand it, i think it would be a tremendous experience and lesson for both of us.

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    • I remember when I was a kid going to see a film called “Destroy All Monsters,” Beth, that I believe was Godzilla and King Kong and scared the holy heck out of me. And yes, kids old enough to understand need to meet the principle of Jesse Owens.

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  6. Personally I think Monsters should all be kept individual – it would scare me too much to think of them all sitting around having a beer and plotting how to best attack me enmasse. Link them together and you come up with a Monster Conspiracy. No thanks – one Monster at a time please.

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