Movie franchises that died after the first film


The Dark Universe is a masterclass in putting the cart before the horse. The classic Universal Monsters getting a modern spin in a shared timeline isn’t exactly a bad idea, but announcing the grand plan before a single movie came out may have sunk the whole franchise from the start. To make things even weirder, 2014’s Dracula Untold, not originally intended to be a part of a larger spooky world, was patched in at the last second with a post-credit sequence which brought its bloody prince into the modern day. 

Fast forward a couple of years to the 2017 Empire cover story featuring a murderer’s row of character actors meant to anchor the Dark Universe. It featured Sofia Boutella as the Mummy, Russel Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster, and Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man. It also featured Tom Cruise as the generic action movie protagonist of the newly rebooted The…



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