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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Given that this year’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, suffered a bit of a box office disappointment — making only $400 million off a film that probably cost around $200 million-plus with marketing — speculation was abound that the Dark Universe would be dead. Universal had high hopes to create a world not unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wherein its prized monsters like the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, the Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, and countless others would inhabit.

Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding The Mummy’s release (where the studio released photos showing off all the talent involved in this world), Universal was very silent on the heels of its box office haul. So was the Dark Universe dead on arrival?

Apparently not! Speaking with Forbes, Bride of Frankenstein director Bill Condon revealed that he’s still attached, and that the film is several months from shooting. He even reiterated that Universal is still allowing him to go forward with his big vision.

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.”

Condon then discussed the status of the film:

“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. 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.”

When asked about Angelina Jolie was cast, or if they someone else in mind for the Bride, Condon said:

“Not yet, no. Nothing is set yet. 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.”

So there you have it. The film universe is alive and well. Could this be the one to put it back on course? We’ll have to wait and see!

Bride of Frankenstein hits theaters on February 14, 2019.

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SOURCE: Forbes

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.