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The project, among several deviations from Universal’s now abandoned interconnected Dark Universe, has been in the works since September since the studio has started working on more standalone reboots of their classic monster roster. After offering minor updates over the last few months, Feig has revealed that he has now completed two different drafts of this film which”it’s one of my favourite scripts I’ve ever written.”
Paul Feig’s Dark Army is part of the growing list of Universal’s forthcoming monster jobs which includes: Dexter Fletcher’s film about Dracula henchman Renfield, Elizabeth Banks’ Invisible Woman, Matt Stawki’s Monster Mash and Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man which is set to premiere this February 28. It was also recently reported that Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal is interested in resurrecting the studio’s long-in development The Bride of Frankenstein reboot.
“Universal, they are not quite sure what they are doing ,” Feig explained. “Because Invisible Man did really well on a very micro budget, and my movie’s a bit more expensive than that. So I’m hoping to God because I just absolutely love it, we get to make it. I’m so thrilled with it. ”
Paul Feig discusses evolution of Universal’s Dark Army
After chatting with ComingSoon.net last year about his vision for the Universal Classic Monster crossover film Dark Army, writer/director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor) has opened around Collider with fresh details on the development of the project.
Feig’s recent writing and directing credits include A Simple Favor, Ghostbusters, Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids,The Office and the most recent one the love comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, and Henry Golding, and the TV movie Girls Code.
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“I love those movies of the 30s, the James Whale films, [and] Bride of Frankenstein I still think is among the best films of all time,” Feig described. “So I want that tone because those movies were very fun. They treated them but you also know they were also having a good deal of fun together, so there are a lot of extreme characters in side characters and them. That is exactly what I need, I never needed to make a horror movie. I would like to make a monster movie that is true.
In describing the tone he is trying to encircle in the story, Feig says that while he is”being very true to the traditional monster movie genre,” it won’t have the horror-tinge of Leigh Whannell’s acclaimed Invisible Man reboot, but more among the milder nature of the original films.