If by “interested” he meant “terrified,” I think he might be right.
When I read the story Sean forwarded to me—about Universal’s plan to reboot its classic monster films—I found myself genuinely scared… but not in the way that monster movies are supposed to scare me. You can all read the story over at The Onion AV Club.
Because it was The Onion, at first I thought it was a joke. “An Avengers-style shared universe”? The Universal Monsters, as much as I love them, are not superheroes. Let’s all remember that the original series started to go downhill in the 1940’s with “monster rallies” like Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and House of Dracula.
Because I am an English teacher on summer break, I began to excessively ruminate over this news. Let’s remember that for every reboot that succeeds—like the 1999 Mummy—we get shit like 2004’s unwatchable Van Helsing. The chances of Universal’s idea actually working are infinitesimal. So now, not only will our hearts be broken when we see our beloved monsters used and abused, but we’ll be forced to see it happen again and again and again on a regular two-year schedule.
So how bad could it be? What form, I asked myself after my fifth margarita (don’t judge me), might some of these “Avengers-style universe” films take? Well, I think they might look a little something like this:
(Don’t laugh—THIS COULD BE A THING. Both properties are owned by Universal!)
(Again, IT COULD HAPPEN—both properties are owned by Universal!)
F-Heads, what do you think these new, re-booted, “Frankensteined,” Avengers-universe-type films would look like? Comment below.