Hot on the heels of the first trailer for The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, its director, Alex Kurtzman, has confirmed that Luke Evans' Dracula is no longer part of the shared monsters universe.
Back in September, Luke Evans spoke optimistically about reprising the role in an ultimate monster mash-up of Universal's iconic creations.
“There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.”
During a recent interview with Collider, Kurtzman was asked if 2014's Dracula Untold was still considered "cannon" and he replied with a damming "no." Beyond making his directorial debut and co-writing the script for The Mummy, Kurtzman and Fas and Furious writer Chris Morgan are the masterminds behind the classic monsters franchise. So if anybody is going to know if Dracula Untold is part of the bigger picture, it would be Kurtzman.
To be fair, Dracula Untold was already in cinemas by the time Universal decided to push forward with a shared cinematic universe for its classic monsters. The movie managed a modest $217 million worldwide (against a budget of $70 million) during its theatrical run and proved a solid hit when it arrived on home entertainment formats. However, the minor success paled in comparison to the critical mauling it received and made it an unlikely candidate for the sequel treatment. To read the full in-depth interview, head on over to Collider.
The Mummy will be unleashed in cinemas on June 9, 2017.