British screenwriter Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has joined the Universal Monster Universe team that is busy putting together this new, rebooted franchise. He joins Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading this massive initiative, and previously-confirmed writers such as Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black). It isn't clear which project Jay Basu will be writing at this time.
After this shared monster universe was first announced in July, Universal Pictures later confirmed in October that this fall's Dracula Untold is part of this series. The first official project will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which is already set for release on June 24, 2016. Another unspecified project within the franchise has been given an April 21, 2017 release. The only other confirmed title is a reboot of The Wolf Man, which Aaron Guzikowski is writing, with other possible titles including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Van Helsing. We also reported last month that these will not be horror movies, but rather action-adventures.
Our report from last month revealed that this franchise will be put together by all of the aforementioned writers, who will all collaborate on projects together before being assigned their own scripts to write. The model was compared to Pixar's "brain trust" of collaborators and a TV writer's room. James Cameron also employed a similar tactic by hiring a number of different scribes to write his Avatar sequels. Jay Basu's other writing credits include Fast Girls and The Dinosaur Project.