The Dark Universe may be deader than dead, but Universal may continue using their ever-important I.P. after all! Following the 2017 film The Mummy, next on deck for a remake was none other than Bride of Frankenstein. The film was set to be helmed by Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon, and it had Javier Bardem attached as Frankenstein’s monster and Angelina Jolie attached as the Bride.
Of course, in the wake of the shambling disaster that was The Mummy, Universal put virtually everything else on hold. The only other property that managed to get some momentum behind it was Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man. That movie has yet to come out, but is already tracking for a solid $20 million opener. Considering Blumhouse’s tendency to skew to the low budget side of things, that’s looking like quite a success.
Now, Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal has her sights set on Bride of Frankenstein, Variety reports. Very recently, Pascal moved her overall deal from Sony to Universal, and as such, now has potential access to the classic monster. Interestingly enough, she engaged David Koepp to write the screenplay, who was attached as scribe to the project back when it was part of the Dark Universe banner.
Previously, Koepp had ideas that revolved around a female monster made for companionship who didn’t necessarily want to be utilized as such. With this being an all-new film, who knows what direction they’re going in. Perhaps even most exciting is the involvement of A Quiet Place’s John Krasinski, who is looking to explore this character with Pascal.
But is this a project that is dead before it even starts? With the failure of The Mummy, you can imagine that Universal may worry that fans simply aren’t interested in these traditional monsters. However, there is a new mandate over at Universal that calls for edgier takes on their characters, so the sky’s the limit on how terrifying and brutal the Bride could be. One look at the upcoming Invisible Man film, and it’s clear that they’re open to drastic reinterpretations of the characters. Additionally, we already have word of The Invisible Woman coming from Elizabeth Banks. That film will have no connection to The Invisible Man, but will be yet another unique take on a monster.
Turning back to Bride of Frankenstein, I can only imagine Universal is allowing their producers to paint with whatever brush they’d like to tell a great story.
“Amy expressed interest in being involved with The Bride of Frankenstein, and just as the studio has done with numerous other filmmakers, we empowered her to explore a new vision for the Universal monster character and come back with a new and inventive take,” said one Universal Pictures source to Variety. “Nothing has been solidified in an official capacity.”
While I do have some issues with some of the work Pascal has put out in the past, this does seem like a potentially creatively-fulfilling take on the character. And with there being no obligation to stick to any source material or casting decisions of the past, perhaps she and Krasinski can come up with something truly unique and special.
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