Universal Delays Production on Bride of Frankenstein
In an exclusive statement to Deadline, Universal has confirmed that they are postponing production on The Bride of Frankenstein to allow more time to develop the script.
"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. 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."
The announcement comes as an extra surprise as just days ago; director Bill Condon confirmed that filming was set to start on February 1st, 2018.
"We start on February 1st, 2018 so it's the early days but just to be here in London, starting to see locations and to talk about sets that we're building, it's very exciting."
After the underwhelming start to Universal's Dark Universe with The Mummy, it's understandable that the studio wants to have a bit of a rethink about the direction the franchise is headed. However, there is an argument to be made that The Dark Universe might not move forward as a shared cinematic entity, but rather a series of standalone movies with Easter Eggs. In the same interview with Bill Condon, the filmmaker was quick to point out that connecting Bride to the rest of the Dark Universe wasn't a big part of the current script.
"I will tell you this, what I'm doing is 100% making a really good monster movie. It has nothing to do with anything else. Nothing. Zero."
Javier Bardem is set to star as Victor Frankenstein, and Universal has made no secret of their desire to cast Angelina Jolie as The Bride. Jolie will be busy early next year with Maleficent 2, so Bride's delay keeps the Academy Award-winning actress on the shortlist.
I have a lot of love for the classic Universal monster movies, and I still believe that The Dark Universe can be something worthwhile if the producers are willing to make one teeny tiny change, drop the overblown action and go back to horror. I'm not sure what The Mummy was meant to be, but it wasn't fun. So, instead of labouring on with the spectacle, I would love to see Universal embrace thedarkness of the characters and the scary to bring these icons back in all their glory.