Universal is in talks with director Bill Condon to helm the upcoming film, “The Bride of Frankenstein.”
While Universal currently has not scheduled the next Universal Monsters film to follow this summer’s The Mummy, it appears that Bride of Frankenstein will be the studio’s next priority. Following executive producer Chris Morgan’s words on the upcoming Universal Monsters Universe films (and my very own acknowledgement of what’s to come), late yesterday Deadline exclusively reported that Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast, Gods and Monsters) is “in talks to helm The Bride of Frankenstein at Universal Pictures.”
It’s being reported that Bill Condon and Universal are in “early talks” for him to direct the next feature in the Universal Monsters Universe of films, but that they “are both excited to collaborate on The Bride of Frankenstein.” Condon is one of the most masterful of directors working today with “a phenomenal commercial and quality track record to boot.” He’s also been quite vocal about his love of James Whale’s original The Bride of Frankenstein so it would be a terrific achievement if he does get the opportunity to direct, which looks very likely.
With the news of Bill Condon in talks to direct The Bride of Frankenstein, this would lead to the understanding that Angelina Jolie will not be helming this particular Universal Monsters film. However, there have been reports last week of Angeline Jolie meeting with Universal for an unknown project so it’s quite possible that we may still see her involvement with this Universal Monster.
As I previously wrote that “it’s looking more and more likely that The Bride will be the next monster to appear on the big screen,” that could not be any more clear than now. Universal, along with Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, are definitely eyeing The Bride of Frankenstein to be the next Universal Monsters Universe film and it’s quite possible that this will be the film to open on February 15, 2019. This will be made more obvious if certain rumors of Javier Bardem’s Frankenstein’s Monster is included in a cameo in Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy.
The Bride of Frankenstein would be a very exciting release as this particular Universal Monster has not appeared all too many times on screen, with the exception of the 1985 film, The Bride (Jennifer Beals), and SHOWTIMES Penny Dreadful (Billie Piper). What makes this film an even stronger opportunity for Universal is that it would be releasing at a time where women and horror are being more widely accepted. There has been quite a demand, as of late, to see more woman headlined motion pictures. This June, one week ahead of The Mummy, sees Warner Bros. release the first female led superhero movie in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Marvel Studios currently has planned a Captain Marvel film and a sequel to Ant-Man entitled Ant-Man and The Wasp.
According to screenwriter, David Koepp, this upcoming version of The Bride of Frankenstein is a tale of liberation. Here’s what he revealed:
“It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve written in years because if you reimagine the Frankenstein story, it gets into so many issues of men trying to feel dominant over women. To create someone who then says, “You don’t own me,” it becomes a tale of liberation. It was great. It was really fun, and I hope it gets going soon because I think it’d make for a great movie.” – David Koepp to Collider.
I cannot wait for The Bride of Frankenstein. I’ve personally been quite vocal about this for some time now and it’s very exciting to see this particular film given the priority it deserves. It’s understandable that this could be seen as not a tentpole film for Universal, but under the direction and vision of someone like Bill Condon, and the make-up design by The Mummy‘s Lizzie Georgiou & team, The Bride of Frankenstein has the complete potential to be a wonderful movie filled “mystery and horror,” monsters, and a strong female lead.
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest.
Are you excited for The Bride of Frankenstein as the next Universal Monsters Universe film? Who would you like to see bring to life the Universal Monster made famous by Elsa Lanchester?
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)