Dark Universe explained by 'The Mummy' directorAlex Kurtzman, one of the evil geniuses behind the new Dark Universe series, tells us why we'll fall in love with these classic movie monsters all over again.
[MUSIC] I am huge fan of Universal Monsters and have been since I was a kid. And I, when Universal asked me if I'd be interested in doing The Mummy I jumped at the chance but I really wanted to figure out a way to do it To honor everything that I loved about those films and also bring it to a new audience that may not have actually seen, either the Karnak mummy movies or the Brendan Fraser mummy movies. And the challenge is figuring out a way to pay tribute to all of them but also bring something new to the table. The Dark Universe which is gonna be our endeavor to relaunch all the monster films. ... was not actually on the agenda at the beginning. They came to me about Mummy specifically and as I started to develop the script for it, one of the ideas in looking for a way to differentiate from the movies that came before, was that, the Mummy existed on a larger continuum of monsters and there was an organization that may have either been hunting them, or protecting them depending on what the monster was. And certainly tracking and cataloguing them over history. And the idea of the larger monster universe began to take shape. And ultimately, the agenda kind of dovetailed where the idea was naturally going. [SOUND] It's a major point of pride. Universal was built on the monsters. The first Universal film was Hunchback. And I think they feel that it is their legacy, their heritage. And that we are now inheriting that mantle, and we need to do honor by that. And people who loved those films will see that these new films are being made by people who love those monster movies. [MUSIC] The idea that he is a character who has his own connection to the nature of evil and certainly seems to carry himself as if he were from a different time, which may suggest that, in fact, he is. I like that idea. All the monsters are rooted in mythologies that have existed for millennia, centuries. Over long periods of time. And I think [UNKNOWN] is certainly not a new organization and [UNKNOWN] may be a lot older than he looks. [MUSIC] I believe that the best way to build a universe is to give the audience incredibly satisfying monster movies that make you fall in love with each individual monster in the way that I know that I did when I was a kid and saw those films. But also within the context of that to open doors to the larger dark universe. Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO]