Although Universal pulled out all of the stops in its attempt to restart the Dark Universe with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, the studio’s monster universe notably attempted the same thing three years ago with Dracula Untold. The film proved to be a non-starter (thus leading to the soft reboot that would eventually become The Mummy), but some fans have wondered whether or not Luke Evans’ Dracula could potentially return as the vampire anti-hero. Evans addressed this question while promoting the release of Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, and it seems that he’s just as in the dark as the rest of us. Evans explained:
“We left it very wide open, you know, this is a character who could transcend many different times and different periods of history. Who knows. I’d love to bring him back in some concept or context, but honestly, you know as little as I do when it comes with what is going in on the dream rooms of Universal Studios. I really don’t know”.
In fact, Dracula Untold ends explicitly with the promise that its titular monster goes on to live his horrifying life in the modern era, so there’s a pathway to having him meet up with characters like Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton and Russell Crowe’s Dr.Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. With a slight retcon and some elegant storytelling to bring him back into the fold, it wouldn’t be difficult for future installments in this universe to explain that Dracula has always been around.
Despite not knowing much about the potential future of his version of Dracula in the Dark Universe, Luke Evans admittedly seems interested in the possibility, even speaking fondly of the flawed-yet-fun production of the last film in the conversation with Screen Rant. He also said about returning to the vampiric fold,
“I think it was a really enjoyable process for me. I think it definitely had a few flaws in it but I’ve had a lot of good feedback from and I get people me asking me will there we sequel”.
Now that Bride of Frankenstein has officially been removed from the Universal release schedule, we’re going to have to wait and see how the Dark Universe evolves to cope with the polarizing premiere of The Mummy and moves to the future. As for Luke Evans, you can catch him in Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, which opens in theaters tomorrow on October 13.