So, we have Benicio Del Toro about to land as the Wolfman, and now we get word that Sam Worthington may be playing Dracula in a Summer 2011 flick. What’s going on is this: Universal is trying to reboot its Universal Monsters brand.
Besides Dracula and the Wolfman, the Universal Monsters stable includes Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Mummy, Jekyll and Hyde, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The brand also encompasses a trilogy of films based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
We haven’t seen Sam Worthington in much yet (Terminator Salvation and Avatar is pretty much it, unless you watch TV in Australia), but it’s hard to think of an actor more wrong for the part of a classic Dracula than him.
How else can the Universal Monster reboot go down in flames?
Zach Galifianakis as the Phantom of the Opera? Sandra Bullock as the Bride of Frankenstein?
Conversely, how could Universal get it right? Sam Worthington could be awesome as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…
(Oh, and might as well forget about the Mummy franchise of the past 10 years — they’re not much like the Universal Mummy movies of the 1930s and 1940s, and if Sony can reboot Spider-Man so soon, Universal can certainly do the same with the Mummy.)
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