Will Luke Evans return for a second bite in Dracula Untold 2 and what is the future of the Dark Universe? Dracula Untold started life as a project dubbed Dracula: Year Zero, which told the origin story of the title monster. Alex Proyas was set to direct while Sam Worthington (Avatar) would play the lead, but Universal canceled the project over budget issues. After it was retooled, Gary Shore came on as director while Luke Evans signed up as Dracula.
Following the success of the MCU, developing potential shared cinematic universes was becoming a bigger concern for studios. Universal announced a plan for a cinematic universe featuring classic monsters like Frankenstein's Monster and the Invisible Man. To that end, producers decided to rework Dracula Untold so it could be tied into this new universe. New scenes were filmed with Charles Dance's Master Vampire, who was being set up as a connecting character like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. Charlie Cox (Daredevil) originally played this role, but his scenes were cut when it was decided to make the character much older.
While Dracula Untold was a success and Luke Evans received solid reviews, there has been little sign of a sequel since. Here's what we know about Dracula Untold 2 and its Dark Universe connections.
The Mummy Replaced Dracula Untold As The "First" Dark Universe Film
Dracula Untold's status as the start of the Dark Universe always felt tenuous, with the film being retooled at the last minute and the studio still unsure of its plans. When Alex Kurtzman came onboard to direct Tom Cruise in The Mummy it was decided to ignore Dracula Untold and make The Mummy the start of the freshly dubbed Dark Universe.
This would have given the filmmakers free rein to reinvent Dracula again, but the mostly negative reviews and lukewarm box-office of The Mummy immediately put plans for the Dark Universe in danger. A Bride Of Frankenstein movie set to star Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem was placed on hold and over the coming months, it seemed the enterprise had been quietly canceled.
Blumhouse Will Reconfigure The Dark Universe With The Invisible Man
It was revealed in 2019 Blumhouse would produce a low-budget reboot of The Invisible Man from director Leigh Whannell. One of the major issues critics of The Mummy and the Dark Universe idea had was taking character-driven horror stories and turning them into flashy action movies, so Whannell's film will be a return to the character's horror roots. It seems plans for an interconnected monster universe has been abandoned with each film being its own separate entity.
Will Dracula Untold 2 Ever Happen?
Dracula Untold 2 got lost in the shuffles of Universal's ever-changing plans, but it feels like the project received a stake through the heart once the studio decided The Mummy was the first movie of the Dark Universe. The original ended with a clear setup for a sequel, but since Dracula Untold was only a modest success and its rejected connection to the now failed Dark Universe are part of its legacy, Dracula Untold 2 is very unlikely. Luke Evans has stated he'd be open to returning but little has been heard about the sequel since 2014.