The ever more risk-averse Hollywood studios have been busy scavenging their properties for the sure-thing blockbusters of tomorrow, and that includes Universal, which is reaching waaaaay back to its classic monster movies from seven or eight decades ago. Like a couple of Dr. Frankensteins, Alex Kurtzman (of the erstwhile/lucrative/reviled Kurtzman and Ortz writing team) and Chris Morgan (of the wildly successful Universal franchise The Fast And The Furious) are planning to revive the old monster movies, starting with The Mummy, which Kurtzman has tapped himself to direct. The plan is to integrate the new creature features in much the same way as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that involves a tightly scheduled rollout of new movies.
Enter Noah Hawley, the creator of the acclaimed and Emmy-winning FX miniseries Fargo. Tucked into a Deadline post about another Hawley project—an adaptation of his own novel, Before The Fall—comes news that Hawley has been asked to script one of the monster reboots. No word yet on whether Hawley will also have a chance to direct, or even what monster he’s been tasked with reviving, but the name should at least prompt more optimism than “Kurtzman.” But as with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the question remains how much an individual voice, even one as strong as Hawley’s, will be able to survive the strict management of other entries in the series. And who will play Abbott and Costello when they all get together in one place.