I wish I could say I was surprised by this news. However, I'm not after two unsuccessful attempts at bringing a shared Universal Monsters world to the big screen and recapturing the glory days when the company owned the horror genre in Hollywood.
For their next attempt, Universal should try to do one simple thing. Go back and study what made those classic monster movies so successful and simply do it again for a new generation of moviegoers. You're really trying too hard to make something that should be so simple. It's called a HORROR movie, not an ACTION / ADVENTURE / HORROR BLOCKBUSTER. We already have those: the Brendan Fraser "Mummy" movies and "Van Helsing" with Hugh Jackman. I'll bet Jason Blum could figure out how to put this whole thing together and make billions of dollars for everybody.
"Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan depart after the failure of 'The Mummy,' leaving the planned franchise rudderless (with empty offices). Universal's cinematic Dark Universe is in danger of being mummified.
Just five months after Universal released a much-discussed cast photo promising a slew of movies starring the likes of Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem — all drawn on characters like the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Frankenstein in its stable of classic horror films — none of the projects appears to have a pulse."
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.