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Bride of Frankenstein

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 BeastGods 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.

Bride of Frankenstein

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)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

Readers Comments (7)

  1. This is a brilliant move! And what perfect timing with Beauty and the Beast just crossing the billion mark in worldwide box office! Universal sure knows to seek out heavy hitters! And of course, he just directed what is effectively a monster movie! My biggest question concerning Bride of Frankenstein is will it be of tentpole scale (basically meaning have BIG action scenes)? I certainly hope so. I would expect action of some kind knowing how big of a director choice Universal is going after. It will be so exciting to see how these monster films connect and leave audiences craving for more!

    I’m excited by the choice of Bill Condon, because it means Bride of Frankenstein will likely be a 3D movie. He’s a big believer in the medium – as evidenced by his comments on the use of 3D in Beauty and the Beast…so this would continue the use of 3D that The Mummy will have.

    Bill Condon – ‘3D benefits the story telling’

    Separately, I got to see Going in Style. It’s a fun little movie – and I recommend Universal Monsters staff check it out – in part because it has some cool monster content in it! And of course, how could you pass up the opportunity to see ‘Lucius Fox’ and ‘Alfred’ on screen together again?! I also got to see Universal’s The Fate of the Furious – and it is just off the charts fun! I haven’t seen all the Fast movies yet, but man, that ‘arctic’ environment sequence is my favorite from the franchise! Much of that content reminded me of the snow sequences in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2…..so ironically enough, Fast 8 got me excited for a Call of Duty movie….which is in development and is supposed to be the start of a COD cinematic universe! I’m so pumped!

  2. I have a feeling that Jolie won’t be in the film.I found the lack of mention in her in Deadline’s report unusual.Also,when Jeff Sneider reported it and confirmed the talks with Condon he too made no mention of Jolie.Also,she clearly has turned down the chance to direct it so who’s to say he hasn’t done the same with starring in it? Given that her name has been mentioned in connection with the project for so long you would think that her name would have been mentioned in the reports.I hope she does it though.She is without doubt my top choice for the role.If she doesn’t do it I think it will be Charlize Theron,who has a relationship with Universal as she is in “The Fate of the Furious” and “Atomic Blonde” for them plus she also has ties to Chris Morgan who is one of the two main creative figures behind the new Classic Monsters Universe.

    • John, thanks for the great reply. I honestly haven’t given thought to Charlize Theron and it makes perfect sense, especially considering “Atomic Blonde” and “The Fate of the Furious” just as you’ve said. Here’s hoping that Angelina is still involved, however, Charlize Theron would be great too!

  3. THR confirmed this is a vehicle to Jolie

    • Hey Lara.I am not so sure of the accuracy of THR’s claim there.Only a few weeks they reported that the film appeared to be a long time away as it didn’t have a writer despite reporting this time that Koepp has written it and they also in the older report claimed that Jolie is merely considering the “Maleficent” sequel when Disney have in fact confirmed her for it.Given their spottiness I can’t help but wonder if they were simply recycling the old Jolie link from back in 2015.When Jeff Sneider made his report confirming the talks he also made no mention of Jolie,as with Deadline.Also,she has definitely turned down directing it so I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned down the chance to act in it as well.Having said that maybe she will do it.She certainly is by far my top choice for the role.

  4. Thanks John

    I know sony has having problems to hire Angelina for the movie Shoot Like a Girl because they say she may have a scheduling conflito. Angelina was seen several times at Universal two weeks ago, Angelina has a close relationship with Donna langley. I would be surprised if they go without her. Sorry to say but even Theron isnt in Jolie league in terms of Box Office (specially overseas) maybe you’re right and she wont do this.


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