Universal Pictures put a lot into the shared universe they are creating with their Universal Monsters series. Unfortunately, The Mummy wasn’t the critical or commercial hit the studio was hoping for.
Whether for this reason or others, Paramount has pulled from their schedule the remake of the 1935 James Whale classic Bride of Frankenstein. Pre-production was scheduled to begin this February in London with Javier Bardem (Mother!) playing the monster and Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) taking on the role of the aforementioned Bride. The film was originally slated for a Valentine’s Day 2019 release date. No new release date has been given, but Universal remains confident that the film will begin production soon, even releasing a statement praising director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) for his work.
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’” the studio said in a statement on Thursday. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”
Bill Condon is working on the script with David Koepp (Jurassic Park / Spider-Man) and confidence remains high that the two can put together something in time to keep Bardem and Jolie on board.
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