Some time back, Universal announced they were creating "Dark Universe", a collection of reboots and/or remakes of many of their classic monster movies. The first film in the series, The Mummy, was released this past weekend to a very lukewarm reception. The super-cool transition from the Universal logo we all know to the new Dark Universe logo at the beginning of the film seems to promise an entirely new and eerie world, one a bit more cryptic than Marvel's Cinematic Universe or DC's Extended Universe. Unfortunately, the first film in the series kind of has trouble finding it's ground, and instead of a darker alternative, we get an action film filled with all the pieces one would expect from, say, a Marvel film--minus the witty dialogue and likable characters. Not that it's a bad movie by any means--it's just not what was expected, and lacks that "Universal Monster Movie" feel entirely.
A scene in The Mummy heavily implied Creature From The Black Lagoon will join the array of films. The original film is an all-time favorite of mine, and I shudder to think what they may do with a remake. Also rumored to be in the works are remakes of Dracula, The Wolf-Man, The Phantom Of The Opera, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Speaking of Dracula, the 2014 film Dracula Untold was meant to be the first film in this series, but poor reviews and results from the box office put those plans on hold--sound familiar? I have not seen Dracula Untold so I can't comment on how much stock to put into that rumor, but I can say the Dracula Untold house at the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights was pretty impressive.