Universal’s new version of The Mummy, due in cinemas on June 8, is officially the first in a series of films that will feature the return of the studio’s iconic monsters under its new Dark Universe banner.

Dark Universe is an initiative by The Mummy producer and director Alex Kurtzman, together with producer Chris Morgan.

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognised the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Pictures.  “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfil it.”

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In exciting news, Bride of Frankenstein has been announced as the next film in the series and will be directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) for a February 2019 release.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece — which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

Subsequent films will also feature an impressive line-up of A-list stars. Following The Mummy’s Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe into the Dark Universe are Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who have already been confirmed to play The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster, respectively.

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