‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Reboot Postponed For Script Rewrites

Posted 2017/10/07 0 0

Universal has announced that work has halted on the project.

 

According to Deadline, Bride of Frankenstein will no longer hit theaters in February 2019. Universal confirmed that its execs and Bill Condon have indeed pushed pause. “After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal said in a statement to Deadline. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”

As Deadline first reported, pre-production was already underway in London, with actors Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie in talks to headline the film’s cast. Filming on Bride of Frankenstein was supposed to begin February 1, but that start date is off the table now. Condon has been working on the script with David Koepp, and while the screenplay is in good shape, sources say both men want more time to rework it to better reflect their vision. The negative critical reaction and underwhelming box office results for The Mummy may have changed the direction of the universe. The movie made $407 million worldwide, far from a failure, but hardly a spectacular success on which to base an entire connected universe.

Javier Bardem is attached to star as Frankenstein’s monster and Angelina Jolie is in talks to play the title character. Sources say Bardem is committed to the role, but Jolie is still undecided. She is currently attached to reprise her role in the sequel to “Maleficent,” which is expected to begin production in early 2018 now that it’s tapped director Joachim Ronning.

Director Condon’s most recent film was the blockbuster Beauty and the Beast adaptation, but he first gained widespread acclaim for 1998's Gods and Monsters, about the last days of original Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale. Obviously, while the new Bride of Frankenstein will be a big-budget affair filled with movie stars, it’s also a project with deep personal meaning for Condon, so it’s not that surprising that he’d be willing to wait longer to get the script right. As for screenwriter Koepp, he said almost a year ago that the movie would have a more feminist bent than the original, with a highly intelligent Bride character who takes control of her own destiny.

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