New Bride of Frankenstein Still has Life at Universal
When Universal's Dark Universe died after their first entry, The Mummy, flopped it appeared all the plans for other films went with it. Sets that were currently being built were stopped immediately, actors were quietly sent home and the creators Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan left with the Dark Universe being postponed indefinitely with Universal stating they were going back to the drawing board.
Of course one of the projects that was cancelled was David Koepp's Bride of Frankenstein. However, with the success of Leigh Whannel's The Invisible Man Universal are moving forward with several projects that will be story driven, individual films as opposed to a series of inter-connected films (much like the Marvel franchise) as originally planned.
If you recall Koepp's original script was to be directed by Bill Condon with Angelina Jolie rumoured to play the title role, and after speaking with Collider earlier this week it appears there may be hope to see the iconic and beloved Universal Monster return to the silver screen.
“That was one thing I did during quarantine – I brought back Bride of Frankenstein into a place where I kind of always wanted it to be. Universal was very gracious to let me try again. Because they had geared up and shut down famously in the Dark Universe fiasco. Well, not fiasco, but disappointment. So I have a version now and they have a version that we all really like. I think they’re talking to directors now. It’s not the great big, $150 million extravaganza with giant movie stars. It’s not as scaled down as Invisible Man but much more reasonable, doable thing, with, I think, a really cool idea and it’s all present day.”
I hope the script does the character justice and we get to see her return to the big screen. Originally played by Elsa Lanchester in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein, she is one of the most beloved Universal Monsters and is definitely recognised as a fan favourite. However, unlike her fellow Monsters she never returned for another film. So after 85 years (this year) I for one would love to see her return to the big screen.