2017’s The Mummy was supposed to be the film to start off the brand-new Dark Universe with a bang. Instead, the film missed with critics, and missed just as hard at the box office, already starting things off on the wrong foot. The next entry in the franchise, Bride of Frankenstein, was set to begin filming in February, but on the heels of The Mummy’s failures — as well as Universal all but shutting down their Dark Universe offices — the film was pulled from their release slate.
Given this negative momentum, they’d really have to reassess what they’d be doing going forward. Omega Underground has now learned that Bride of Frankenstein’s production has assembled their production team, which means things are starting up again. However, as of right now, we don’t really know when production will begin.
The outlet points to actress Gal Gadot for clues. While Angelina Jolie was originally hoped to play the Bride, the film was hoping to replace her with Gadot for the film. Given Gadot’s busy schedule, they’d have to wait until at least fall if they wanted to lock her down in the role. That being said, they don’t rule out the possibility that they’ll hire someone else and shoot for an earlier release date.
Regardless, Universal is looking to move forward with this movie, which can hopefully serve as a course correction for the franchise. We can’t help but wonder if The Mummy will be a part of those plans. Will it still be canon, or will Bride of Frankenstein be its true origins? We’ll have to wait and see.
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SOURCE: Omega Underground