/fast-furious-8-movies-franchise-ending-finale/After revealing that at least 3 more Fast & Furious movies are being planned, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley turned her attention to the upcoming Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise that will kick off with the Untitled Mummy Reboot in 2016 after being teased in this past October's Dracula Untold. And guess what? She claims that this impending slate of films, which is set to also include the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the ensemble Marvel's The Avengers-style Van Helsing, is not actually part of the horror genre.

Taking a cue from the earlier Mummy franchise reboot starring Brendan Fraser, which debuted in the late 90s, these upcoming Universal Monster movies will be in the action-adventure genre. Here's how she explains it:

"We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies - unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience."

While this formula has proven to work for the previous movies in the newer The Mummy series, it was at one time promised that the Untitled Mummy Reboot would return to its horror roots. Last we heard, the movie may actually follow a group of Navy SEALS who encounter a Mummy's curse while tracking terrorists in the Iraqi desert.

Its not quite clear how the action-adventure genre will fit into some of the titles being planned, but Dracula Untold, which was not originally part of this Universe, was also more of a swashbuckling adventure about a crusader who just happened to also be a blood-sucking monster than it was a straight forward horror movie.

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Some of the horror elements will surely remain in tact, otherwise we're looking at a series of movies that will not quite resemble their source material. What do you think of these changes?

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