Update: Universal Monster Movies After ‘The Mummy’ — Why? When? What?

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Universal’s rebooted monster-movie series will soon kick off with The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. The advance trailer certainly promises an action-filled, possibly scary good time.

The presence of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) suggests how the groundwork might be laid for a connected series of monster movies, though many questions remain. Producer Chris Morgan, best known for writing six of the eight installments of the Fast and Furious series, including The Fate of the Furious, was placed in charge of plans for the series back in June 2014, alongside fellow writer-producer Alex Kurtzman, who directed The Mummy.

Recently Morgan sat down with Collider and updated plans for the series. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

Why will modern audiences be interested in these classic monsters?

“They are an homage to the originals, which means you’re gonna get complex characters. And the thing that I think is interesting about monsters is that they are always exaggerations of human attributes or human fears.”

What will distinguish the monster movies from superhero adventures?

“The monster movies are saying that everybody has darkness in them, everyone has secrets and things they are ashamed of and don’t want to say or something that feels monstrous and dangerous about them. We’re just kind of embracing that and saying, ‘That’s OK.’”

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What order will the movies be released in?

“We kind of designed them all to be kind of stand-alone sorts of franchises that have kind of similar things between them. And as the scripts came in, then we started putting them in a, ‘Well this would be a good order. We reveal this here’ so now it really comes down to, again, it’s a studio decision on which film is coming out next.”

Movies under consideration for new versions include Bride of Frankenstein (possibly with Javier Bardem), Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman and Invisible Man (possibly with Johnny Depp). It sounds like we’ll have to wait and see how audiences respond to The Mummy before any further official announcements are made.

The Mummy opens in theaters on June 9.