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Perhaps you shouldn’t count your chickens before the eggs hatch as it appears Universal Pictures is about to learn.
Universal has been all hot and bothered to launch a cinematic universe for some time now. Before the launch of The Mummy the studio officially announced the stars attached to various Dark Universe projects as well as debuting a place holder trailer. Then The Mummy bombed at the box office.
Bride of Frankenstein was the next movie on deck and was already in pre-production. As soon as The Mummy bombed that film started to run into issues and then went back for a full script rewrite.
Now adding to the headaches, Dark Universe masterminds Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have dropped out and moved on. According to Heat Vision, the Universal lot office building that was redone at great expense for this launch now sits mostly empty with hardly anyone working there.
“We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision,” Universal president of production Peter Cramer said. “We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.”
Or studios could just learn to be a bit more careful with what they announce before all of the pieces are moving.
Source: Heat Vision .