"Mummy" director possibly leaving Dark Universe franchise

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Alex Kurtzman may be ready to abandon the Dark Universe.

While promoting “Star Trek: Discovery” on the Television Critics Association press tour, Dark Universe core creative producer and “Mummy” director Alex Kurtzman was asked by IGN about his status with the burgeoning Dark Universe franchise. Kurtzman told IGN:

“You know the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer.”

Kurtzman was asked about when it is time to quit a franchise. He stated:

“I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of Star Trek, if your passion isn’t there, you shouldn’t be doing it.”

Despite these statements, Kurtzman is still involved as a producer on all potential Dark Universe projects.

Universal Pictures had great ambitions with the launch of the Dark Universe, a shared cinematic universe consisted of reinterpretations of their classic monsters. The core cast, including Tom cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp, garnered immediate attention from media and fans alike. However, “The Mummy” failed to capitalize on the high expectations, underperforming at the box office and garnering a dismal 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Due to the underwhelming reception of “The Mummy,” it is unclear how the Dark Universe will proceed, especially if one of its originators is about to move on from the project. In the meantime, Nerdphoria will keep you updated on the development of the Dark Universe.

“Bride of Frankenstein,” the next Dark Universe entry, is due to be released on February 14, 2019.