Guillermo Del Toro Knows the Secret Formula for Successful Universal Monster Movie Reboots
Universal Pictures 2017 release of 'The Mummy' starring Tom Cruise was met with both praise and harsh critique from fans as the movie ended up more as an action movie than a classic Universal horror movie. Although the movie went on to international box office success, it was here in the U.S. that it did not succeed to do what it was supposed to: Launch the Dark Universe series, which would be the beginning for all of the Universal Picture's classic monsters big screen reboots.
It was revealed just last week that Guillermo Del Toro, back in 2007 was offered the chance to take the reins and control of the forthcoming Dark Universe for Universal Studios. Now, ten years after turning down the offer, Del Toro admits he regrets the decision. Now that the Dark Universe is dead in the water since the aftermath of this year's The Mummy, the fans of the genre are looking at Del Toro as the chosen one, the savior, the one who can resurrect the idea and bring these monsters to life the right way. After all, his new movie 'The Shape of Water' is very reminiscent of a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake. And it's being praised across the board as one of the best movies of the year.
And about that secret formula? A genuine love for those monsters, Del Toro states. Speaking with Screen Rant this week, he presented his theory for why the modern Universal monster reboots haven't succeeded. He stated:
“I think that there is a postmodern attitude towards the genre that tries to disarm or disassemble the genre in a postmodern way,” said Del Toro. “And I think that when you approach characters with earnest love, it’s a lot less safe because you’re not above the material. You are high on your own supply and it’s easier to be ironic, so I think that’s part of it.”
He continued, “But then you have ambivalent things like Jordan Peele nailing it and making it not ironic, but reflexive. And he’s a fusion of reverence and intelligence. It’s a good year for the genre, for sure.”
I for one sure am hoping that Universal and Guillermo Del Toro can find a way to unite and make this happen. The proposed Dark Universe would be in great hands and we'd get fantastic classic Universal Monster movies.