Yes, please, and thank you! With news breaking this week that a new lighthearted and comedic take on one of the classic Universal Monsters is planned—we don’t yet know which one—and that this film will star non-actor Channing Tatum, any other news relating to the Universal Monsters universe could be, depending on what it is, a most welcome relief. It could also be a case of pouring salt into a gaping wound, but fortunately it isn’t. It isn’t exactly news, either, as it’s only speculation at this point. But it’s good speculation, and we can hope it becomes more than that.
Christopher Landon, the creative power behind the HAPPY DEATH DAY movies and the recent delight FREAKY, wants to take a crack at Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Said Landon: “Jekyll and Hyde. That’s the one I would love to do. Look, I mean, Leigh Whannell already has the best one, he made the best one. The Invisible Man was just a total home run and I think he’s gonna do the same thing with Wolf Man. So he’s got that corner. But I think Jekyll and Hyde would be a lot of fun because it’s just, as a concept, there’s a lot to mine there and I think it’s genuinely scary because I think we all kind of feel like we’ve got monsters inside us.”
There you go, Universal. Ready-made success story. Give the guy the job!