Saturday, November 30, 2013

Universal Monsters and Bob Orci

This Bob Orci guy is really busy. Whenever he’s not writing the latest Star Trek story meant to destroy the goodwill create by all previous stories and destroy the franchise; Bob is trying to bring back Tales from the Darkside and reboot the Universal monster movies. He’s not doing this alone, no sir! He has his screen writing buddy, Alex Kurtzman, close at hand.

Kurtzman and Orci
For those not familiar the Universal monster line includes classics like: Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and the Bride, The Invisible Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and, if you want to include them as monsters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

Orci and Kurtzman are currently writing a script for The Mummy and Van Helsing. This sounds like a terrible idea - no one wants to see a mummy movie and what can you going to do with Van Helsing that hasn’t been done to death? However, Ocri and Kutzman have a habit of writing mediocre fan fiction that does bonzer box office business.

Their credits include: Missions Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Star Trek Into the Darkness. They plan on ruining these future stories: The Amazing Spider Man 2 & 3, Star Trek 3, and Edge of Tomorrow. Sarcastically speaking, the good news is that Orci is also producing many of these films.

Pardon me if I come across a bit negative. I watched Star Trek Into the Darkness and the wounds are still fresh.

Is it necessary to blow it up every time?
On a positive note, I would actually like to see the Universal monsters make a return to the big screen. However, I would like to see small scale returns and I would like to see these returns handled by competent people capable of showing the reverence and love that these creatures deserve.

I just don’t think we need a 460 million dollar Creature from the Black Lagoon movie. The Creature would probably never actually appear because they would have the latest pretty male actor playing him and… c’mon, you don’t want to put a mask on that.

There are some great low budget indie filmmakers out there that would be excellent choices for resurrecting Universal’s classic monsters. Maybe even run something similar to the original After Dark Horrorfest.

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