Universal is teaming Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan up in an effort to reboot the long list of classic monster franchises in Universal’s library that includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The studio originally tasked Kurtzman and his long-time writing partner Roberto Orci with the assignment of breathing new life into these titles with “Van Helsing” and “The Mummy” franchises being the first to receive reboots.
After Kurtzman and Orci announced their split on the film side to focus on separate endeavors, U had to figure out which writer would take on the monsters and who they would team with.
Given Morgan’s relationship with the studio after rebooting “The Fast & Furious” franchise, it made sense for him to team with Kurtzman to breathe new life into the monsters.
The first title the two will team on is “The Mummy” reboot with a plan to release the latest installment April 22, 2016.
Universal has “Dracula Untold” set to bow this fall.
Kurtzman is developing the next installments in the “Spider-Man” franchise while Morgan’s “The Fast and Furious 7” bows next April. Kurtzman is repped by CAA and Morgan is repped by ICM Partners.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.