If you remember Universal once envisioned a cinematic universe featuring some of the classic monsters such as Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and more, but with the lackluster and box office bomb of THE MUMMY The Dark Universe that Universal tried to create died or did it? One of the films which was in development during this time was a remake of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which was to have been directed by Bill Condon and star Angelina Jolie as the Bride Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster.
I remember months after the release of THE MUMMY, it was announced that the studio had decided to “postpone” the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN remake, but a new report from Variety details how the project has been kept on life-support over the past few years. Based on the Variety report it says that former Sony chief Amy Pascal, who now has an overall deal with Universal, is attempting to get the project off the ground and has apparently presented the project to several potential collaborators, including director Same Raimi (who is close to sighing on for the DOCTOR STRANGE sequel), screenwriter David Koepp (who was once involved in the original pitch for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN), as well as A QUIET PLACE writer/director John Krasinki who reportedly toyed with the project last year. “Amy expressed interest in being involved with The Bride of Frankenstein, and just as the studio has done with numerous other filmmakers, we empowered her to explore a new vision for the Universal monster character and come back with a new and inventive take,” a Universal Pictures source told Variety. “Nothing has been solidified in an official capacity.”
In terms of whether or not Angelina Jolie is still attached to BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, there seem to be conflicting reports; one source says that Jolie “remains committed to the character as long as the right creative team comes along with it,” another says that she’s “ready to move on from the character and pursue other projects.” While the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN project doesn’t seem to have taken any big leaps forward, it is still alive. THE INVISIBLE MAN, which is Universal’s first monster film since it abandoned the Dark Universe, is set to hit theaters on February 28th.