Dracula Untold star Luke Evans is still hopeful his take on the eponymous character will be included in the Dark Universe, as the actor revealed in a new interview. Dracula Untold was an ambitious, big-budget attempt to provide an origin story for everyone’s favorite bloodsucker, and proved to be a modest commercial success back in 2014.
When Universal decided to make a shared universe featuring their iconic monsters, Dracula Untold underwent some reshoots to provide links to future movies. Universal was indecisive about the film’s position as their first official Dark Universe movie thereafter, and eventually confirmed that Dracula Untold was non-canon and that The Mummy would be regarded as the first installment in the franchise.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Evans revealed that while he hasn’t heard anything about it, he would still love to be involved in the planned Dark Universe. The actor is currently promoting Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and on the subject of playing Dracula in the future he had this to say:
"I think it was a really enjoyable process for me. I think it definitely had a few flaws in it but I've had a lot of good feedback from and I get people me asking me will there we sequel. We left it very wide open, you know, this is a character who could transcend many different times and different periods of history. Who knows. I'd love to bring him back in some concept or context, but honestly, you know as little as I do when it comes with what is going in on the dream rooms of Universal Studios. I really don't know."
While The Mummy was repositioned as the first Dark Universe entry, nothing in the story necessarily disregards the events of Dracula Untold either, so it’s still possible Universal could circle back to it. That said, aside from strong performances by Evans and Charles Dance, the movie hasn’t really lingered with audiences in any meaningful way, so the studio may not want to be tied to that version of the Dracula character moving ahead.
The future of the Dark Universe itself appears to be in question. The Mummy received mostly negative reviews and performed far better overseas than at the domestic box office. Universal has also paused their planned Bride of Frankenstein reboot, and there’s no word yet on when (or if) development will resume. Since the franchise is in a holding position now, it's all the more difficult to say if there's still a place there for Dracula Untold or not.
- Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) release date: Oct 13, 2017