Universal's ~Dark Universe~ has been abandoned; offices are empty and projects are in limbo

-Like every other studio in Hollywood, Universal had "totally planned out" a cinematic crossover universe: this one with its classic monster characters -- Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc -- except they'd decided to make them into action/adventure superheroes, with Russell Crowe, as Dr. Jekyll, inexplicably being the Nick Fury character.

-Universal built a new set of offices for this endeavor, with monster decorations and stand-ups and such.

-After this summer's "The Mummy"'s complete flopitude, Alex Kurtzman (of fucking up Star Trek fame) and Chris Morgan, the architects of the franchise, literally up and left the building and are now working on other projects. No one seems to care.

-Universal's long list of planned movies are all stalled, with no scripts or directors and their supposed stars, like Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem (that they photoshopped into a picture together), drifting away like dust into the ether.

-Universal claims "Bride of Frankenstein" is still in the works, even though it has no release date, script, director, producers, or titular actress (they claimed they were planning on courting Angelina Jolie at one point).

-Their cool new offices are empty. :(


Another cinematic universe bites the dust.

ONTD, did you know that Guillermo del Toro approached Universal with an idea to remake Creature from the Black Lagoon, only this time the Creature gets the girl? And Universal said "fuck no, weirdo" so del Toro decided to use just a random water monster instead? ooooooop