On Friday we mentioned how Universal was hiring a stable of writers to help build their Marvel-style cinematic universe based on their classic monsters. Apparently that was the good news. Now here's the bad news: Universal has abandoned any pretense that these will be horror movies.

Instead of horror, these movies — which I should again are based entirely on monsters, monsters who starred in some of the greatest horror movies of all time — will be straight-up action-adventure flicks. Here's Universal chairman Donna Langley in a roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter:

We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.

The really tragic thing is that she's probably not wrong. Audiences don't want classic monster movies any more, because they don't find them scary — although one could argue that Universal just hasn't figured out how to make them scary for modern audiences yet. Either way, they've clearly given up trying.

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Still, this is Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man... can you really take the horror out of them entirely? Well, I guess you can, but should you? Will modern audiences be any more excited to see someone battle the Mummy on a moving train than they would be watching him slowly creep out of a crypt to murder an unsuspecting museum guard? I have my doubts.

[Via /Film]