Following through on its promise to launch a monster movie universe, Universal has set a Feb. 15, 2019, release date for its third monster film.
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”) and Chris Morgan (“Furious 7”) in November to revive its monster franchises such as the Mummy — which began shooting in April in the U.K. with Tom Cruise starring — along with other pictures centered on Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Invisible Man. The idea is to re-imagine the classic monster films for a modern audience and release them at a rate of one per year.
“The Mummy” has been dated for June 9. Kurtzman is directing and producing alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. The film also stars Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari and Courtney B. Vance.
Earlier this year, Universal selected April 13, 2018, for its second monster movie but it has not yet provided details of that title. The third monster movie is the first to be set on Feb. 15, 2019.
Johnny Depp was attached in February to star in Universal’s reboot of “Invisible Man” as part of the classic monster universe initiative but no director has been selected. Based on the H.G. Wells novel, the original 1933 film starred Claude Rains as a scientist who finds a way to become invisible.