'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Hunchback' to get movie reboots

Namely, by announcing a quadrillion different films in the franchise before the first one has even hit cinemas, which appears to be the gargantuan gamble Universal is now taking with its proposed Dark Universe.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan (The Fate of the Furious).

As for which A-listers the "Transformers" alum fancies seeing in the roles? He tells Fandom, "I'd love to bring Michael Fassbender in, I'd love to bring Jennifer Lawrence in, I'd love to see Charlize Theron in there, Angelina Jolie..."

Disney fans are familiar with The Hunchback of Notre Dame's animated musical version from 1996, which featured the voices of Tom Hulce and Demi Moore.

One of the earliest movie adaptations of "Phantom of the Opera", which were based on Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name, was released by Universal in 1925, with Lon Chaney portraying the haunting Phantom. It will be really interesting to see where we go because I actually think that Bride is maybe a lot more accessible as a character than you may think.

So far, Javier Bardem has already been cast as Dr Victor Frankenstein, and Johnny Depp has signed up to star as the titular Invisible Man, but no other casting announcements for further movies in the monsterverse have yet been announced. Among the names is Angelina Jolie, who was recently considered to star in "Bride of Frankenstein". The movie already has Bill Condon as its director and a release date has been scheduled for February 14, 2019.

Here's everything we know so far about the Dark Universe. They are joined by Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar victor Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

In 2014, Universal premiered Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. Yes, technically, technically Universal's original monster movies started with The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923 and Phantom of the Opera in 1925, and also included a Phantom remake in 1943.

So, in an ironic twist befitting a classic monster movie, the Dark Universe will morph into another superhero franchise - thus becoming the creature it was trying to not become.

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