After the disastrous reception of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, both critically and at the box office, Universal had to do some serious re-working. Three months ago the studio halted its potential shared Dark Universe, shutting down production on Bride Of Frankenstein, which was to be directed by Bill Condon and star Javier Bardem. There now seems to be some embers glowing at the burned down windmill that was Universal’s Monster Universe so could we see Frankenstein’s monster garner for a bride after all?
Javier Bardem was all but set to play Frankenstein’s Monster with Angelina Jolie in talks to play his reanimated, but not exactly consenting mate. At the time of Universal’s decision to temporarily shut down the Dark Universe, the film had gone back to the writing stages. Things escalated from there when writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were brought on to oversee Universal’s Dark Universe and later departed the franchise. However, that isn’t the end of the studio’s desire to retool.
Now, Omega Underground is reporting that Universal has found a new crew to help resurrect Bride Of Frankenstein, which would act as the second film in the shared cinematic universe after The Mummy.
The crew includes cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler (Lone Survivor, Beauty And The Beast, A Wrinkle In Time), production designer Sarah Greenwood (Darkest Hour, Beauty And The Beast, Sherlock Holmes), composer Carter Burwell (Carol, Fargo, True Grit, No Country For Old Men, Three Billboards), and costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Beauty And The Beast, Atonement, Darkest Hour).
Javier Bardem is still set to appear in the movie as Frankenstein’s monster, but there’s some doubt as to who will play the titular Bride of Frankenstein. It was reported last year that Diana Prince herself, Gal Gadot was Condon’s second pick to play the Bride Of Frankenstein after Jolie, but Gadot is loosely attached to a few other developing projects that could start filming either shortly before or after her return as Wonder Woman in that film’s sequel.
Part of the problem with moving forward on this project is not inherent to the material. James Whale’s original 1935 Bride Of Frankenstein is considered one of the best sequels ever made, filled with atmosphere, dark humor and beautifully exaggerated performances from the entire cast. The problem is the film that brought the Dark Universe to life, The Mummy.
The Mummy was a complete mess of a film that GEEK’s own Adam Popovich described in his review as a movie that “will entertain you undoubtedly, but never in the way it intends, and only at its own expense. They don’t even get the Egyptian god of the dead right! (Anubis, not Set, DUH!) It’s a shame because the Dark Universe is a neat idea I’d love to see continued, but if they’re all like this, I just don’t see it happening.”
Bride Of Frankenstein was originally set for release on Feb. 14, 2019. There is no release date for the movie at this time or what exactly will become of Universal’s Dark Universe.
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Source: Omega Underground