In a few months, we will be getting a reboot of the Universal monster franchise, The Mummy. This film will kick off a shared universe of monsters that contain such iconic characters as the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Dracula.
We’ve only seen a teaser and a trailer for one film thus far, but Universal is still starting to put all the other pieces in place in case of success. We already know they’re starting work on other films like The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, but it sounds like they’re already taking some pretty big steps for another film of theirs, Bride of Frankenstein.
According to a new report from Deadline, Bill Condon, the man behind Disney’s latest $1 billion hit Beauty and the Beast, is currently in talks with Universal to helm the adaptation of the classic monster movie sequel. In previous interviews, Condon stated the original 1935 film was one of his favorite classic monster movies of all time.
For those unfamiliar, Bride of Frankenstein was a sequel to the hit horror flick Frankenstein, and in addition to seeing Boris Karloff return to the franchise as the monster, it also saw director James Whale come back for a second outing. It was one of the rare instances at the time, of a sequel being considered just as good, or better than, its predecessor.
The film follows Henry Frankenstein, after surviving the events in the first film, being forced to create yet another monstrosity in the form of the bride herself.
Given that there is no standalone Frankenstein movie yet, we do have to wonder how this kind of movie will play into the universe as a whole. But, of course, given that The Mummy has yet to hit theaters, we doubt those are answers that even the studio execs over at Universal can answer just yet.
All the same, this is a solid move from Universal to capitalize on a director with a big hit under his belt. Plus, given Condon’s talent and love of the source material, it’s likely a good fit for all involved.
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