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DRACULA UNTOLD (2014): Alex Kurtzman Says Film Won’t Tie Into Universal Monsterverse

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Alex Kurtzman Confirms That Dracula Untold Will Not Be Part Of Monsterverse

The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman makes it official that Dracula Untold will not be considered part of Universal Pictures‘ planned monster movie franchise.

Kurtzman’s statement confirms what observers have been saying for some time now. Initially, Dracula was believed to be the start of the upcoming series, with rumors claiming that reshoots for the film added material that more explicitly tied into the franchise circulating just before its release. As the director explained in an interview with Screen Rant however, this is no longer the case and The Mummy is now regarded as the first installment of the series:

“I believe strongly that the only way you can build a universe is not to start by trying to build a universe,” said Kurtzman, sharing his thoughts on how he’s building the franchise out. “If you want to get there, the only way you’re going to get there is if the audience allows you to get there. Meaning, you have to do great individual films first. The audience has to fall in love with those movies first, and those characters first, and if they do and you develop an organic story reason to start bringing them together, great! But you can’t start with ‘Let’s just mash everybody together’… In order for you to enjoy ‘The Mummy,’ you have to have a satisfying ‘Mummy’ experience. If we are then in that context able to set up a larger world?

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