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Paul Feig's Next Project Is A 'True Monster' Movie

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By Tara Lloyd

Director Paul Feig has mastered the comedy genre with films like Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and Spy, but his newest project is a 'true monster' movie titled Dark Army.

Speaking to Collider, Feig stressed that he wasn't making a straight-up horror movie, but rather a film inspired by classic monster creations.

"I really want this to bring the same feeling that those old monster movies that I loved growing up watching [did]. I’m not as interested in doing a horror movie as I am in doing a true monster film. So, hopefully that will see the light of day," he said.

"You never know in Hollywood these days, but I love it. I’m very excited about it. I’m excited about the characters that I’ve created and about some of the ones that I’ve been able bring over from the old movies.”

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Universal studios reportedly had a plan to introduce an interconnected "Dark Universe", which would have began with Tom Cruise's The Mummy.

However, the plan was scrapped after the film performed woefully at the box office, with an estimated loss of $95 million.

The [movie's tagline]https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mummy_2017 on the critical aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reads, "Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe."

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However, Universal has still been greenlighting projects that feature original takes on the classic monster tropes.

This month, they'll be releasing a version of The Invisible Man that features themes of domestic abuse. Feig is into the directions that Universal are taking with their monster films, saying, "It’s really smart, because I mean, I can’t wait for Invisible Man, but that looks like a straight-up great horror movie, you know? But then the fact that I just read that they’re going to do this like monster musical, and that’s great, too."

He continued, "I mean, the monster world is just so great. It’s nice to see it just kind of get interpreted a million different ways. So I’m excited about mine and about whatever else they’re going to do.”

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Elisabeth Moss will be appearing in Invisible Man as Cecelia Kass, a woman who receives a generous portion of her abusive ex's fortune.

However, "as a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see", says Universal.

The film has already been labelled a "masterclass in tension and horror" by critics, who have also called director Leigh Whannell a "full blown master of horror."

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The studio is also reportedly considering a remake of horror classic The Bride of Frankenstein, with Spider-Man: Far From Home and Little Women producer Amy Pascal attached to the project.

Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem were due to star as the Bride and Frankenstein's monster in a reboot, but the project was shelved by Universal in 2019. Jolie is apparently still loosely attached to the project.

However, with or without Bride of Frankenstein, Universal has a decent selection of monster movies coming up. Invisible Woman will be directed by Elizabeth Banks, who will also star in the film. And Dracula fans will be treated to a Renfield, a film about the vampire's henchman, directed by Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher previously directed music biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody.

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