Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan depart Universal's Dark Universe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 November 2017
Alex Kurtzman

Alex Kurtzman

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan has both departed from Universal Pictures' 'Dark Universe' following poor reviews from 'The Mummy'

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have stepped away from Universal Pictures' 'The Dark Universe'.

Kurtzman helmed and co-wrote the Tom Cruise led reboot of 'The Mummy', which was set to be the start of a shared cinematic world populated by the studio's iconic horror characters from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Now Kurtzman and Morgan - who co-produced the picture - has stepped away from the franchise, The Hollywood Reporter claim.

Following The Mummy's disappointing return at the box office, Universal pulled a planned 2017 remake of 'The Bride of Frankenstein', starring Angelina Jolie.

Johnny Depp was set to play 'The Invisible Man' in a separate project.

It's reported Kurtzman is now focusing on TV and is producing 'Star Trek: Discovery' and Morgan has returned to the 'Fast and Furious' franchise and is writing a spin-off for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Universal Pictures President of Production Peter Cramer said they are now not "rushing to meet a release date" of any planned films and will still move forward with production.

He said: "We've learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct visions.

"We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves."

Originally the 'Dark Universe' was meant to be kick-started by the Luke Evans movie 'Dracula: Untold' but once again due to poor reviews the universe had to begin again.

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