Coming February 14, 2019 is a match not quite made in heaven with Bride of Frankenstein, the latest entry to the cinematic Dark Universe from Universal Pictures.
With the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in June of this year, Universal Pictures began reforming its lineup of classic monster films. These include The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, according to Darkuniverse.com.
Director Bill Condon, known for his directorial credit on this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, has taken the reigns of Bride with production to begin in early 2018. He will be working from a script written by David Koepp.
In an article with Forbes.com, Condon said, “We start on February 1, 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. For me, the James Whale movie is really right there in the pantheon for me. As you know, the Bride is a character who appears in the last five minutes and then is destroyed so it’s a way to almost continue the movie that you imagine the movie he might have made the third Frankenstein movie but in 2018.”
As the sophomore entry to the series, Bride is rumored to star Angelina Jolie as the titular character. However, no official casting has yet been announced.
“Not yet, no. Nothing is set yet.” Condon said on the casting of Bride. “I think pretty soon but I think we’re trying to figure that out now but obviously, pretty soon we’re going to have to start really honing in on it. I’m not trying to be coy but I really shouldn’t say.”
Names that are attached to play central characters in the Dark Universe include Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man.
For how much interest Condon has in making Bride as acclaimed as Beauty, he said, “Bride of Frankenstein isn’t a small movie. I’ve got the same team together that made Beauty and the Beast and we’re building big sets and designing big set pieces so it’s a pretty big movie.”
The team Condon is referring to includes cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, creature designer Dave Elsey and production designer Sarah Greenwood.
Bride, according to Condon, is being made to modernize the classic film and not change the subject matter.
“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.” Condon said in a separate interview with Collider.com.
Every film version of Frankenstein takes inspiration from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
In 1935, the original Bride starred Elsa Lanchester in the lead role, Boris Karloff as The Monster and Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein. It was released to critical acclaim as a sequel of the original Frankenstein film in 1931.
There was a loose remake in 1985 called The Bride starring Jennifer Beals, Sting and Clancy Brown but was a critical and commercial failure, grossing only $3.6 million at the domestic box office.
More coming soon on Bride and the Dark Universe.