Last year, after the announcement that Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan would be the flagships for Universal Pictures reboot of the classic monster franchise as an “epic action adventure” and no mention of the horror genre, starting with 2017’s The Mummy, uproar and upset ensued amongst fans of the classical horror franchise.
However, whilst at the Television Critics Association Press Tour to promote the CBS series Limitless, a group of reporters caught up with Kurtzman and asked him about his plans for the Universal Monsters Universe, which he promised would in fact be horror. After recently having to delay the first instalment of the new franchise The Mummy for 9 months, from June 2016 to March 2017, Kurtzman is still positive about their progress. He stated:
“The monster universe is coming together very very quickly, we’re very excited. There will be announcements soon. We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well.”
When quizzed about the confusion and upset about the genre of the new movies, he added:
“Yeah, I think it’s a fair response and it’s actually not — I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies…We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.”