This week's release The Mummy is the first puzzle-piece in Universal's planned Dark Universe franchise.
The Mummy director Alex Kurtzmann, one of the architects of the Dark Universe series, has said that both the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera will be part of the monster squad. Both of these iconic characters helped kickstart the original Universal monster movie craze back in the 1920s, and were each brought to life by legendary silent film actor Lon Chaney.
"We know we're going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man," Kurtzmann tells The Hollywood Reporter.
"There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off," he adds. "I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting."