The Bride is Alive!
Writer and director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast, Gods and Monsters) has begun to piece together a strong production team for his adaptation of Bride of Frankenstein.
The film, part of Universal Studios’ on-again, off-again Dark Universe, was initially pulled from production in October of last year. Many speculated the hesitation to continue was a result of The Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise, being a major box office bomb following its release in the summer. Many viewed this as a poor introduction to the start of upcoming set of Dark Universe films, ultimately leaving development in limbo.
Producers Alex Kurtman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) quickly departed from the Dark Universe projects, set to include Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, introduced in The Mummy film, and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man. Actress Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) was slated for the role of the infamous bride alongside Oscar-Winner Javier Bardem (Mother!, No Country For Old Men) as Frankenstein’s Monster.
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However, during the production pause, Jolie elected to focus work on her Maleficent sequel and dropped from the project. This all but left the Dark Universe at a huge stand-still. There has yet to be an update on whether or not Bardem, Crowe, and Depp will remain attached to the Dark Universe films.
However, it seems vitals are jumping and the project will live on as Condon shares details on Bride’s current production team. The list includes costume designer Jacqueline Durran, cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler, and production designer Sarah Greenwood, all of which have worked on Condon’s live-action hit Beauty and the Beast, released last year. Carter Burwell (Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri, Fargo) is set to compose the film’s soundtrack.
Currently, rumors along the cinema circuit indicate that Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot will replace Jolie as the title Bride. Gadot is set to star in Justin Kurzel’s Ruin that is currently in pre-production, and will return to her famed role of Diana Prince in Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman sequel, which begins shooting this summer.
It seems that if Condon wants Gadot as The Bride, production will have to wait on her.
Currently, Bride of Frankenstein has no release date.