Seemingly reevaluating their Dark Universe, Universal Studios has postponed pre-production on the Bride of Frankenstein remake.
Pre-production was underway in London until recently when Universal put it on hold. It was scheduled to enter production on February 1, but it seems they want to narrow down their direction for the franchise. Director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is still attached, but the film’s stars are a different matter. Javier Bardem was attached as Frankenstein’s monster, and Angelina Jolie was in talks for the titular Bride. The indefinite delay hasn’t scared off either actor, but they have yet to fully commit until the project stabilizes.
Universal released an official statement to Deadline:
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. 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.”
The original release date of February 14, 2019, has been delayed to an unknown date. It’s clear the studio still has plans for the film as the script returns for rewrites under writer David Koepp.
This delay comes after the disappointment that was this summer’s The Mummy, the film that was supposed to launch Universal’s new monster-centric cinematic universe. The Mummy made $407.8 million on a budget of $125-195 million. It also bombed with critics, gaining only a 16% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It certainly seems like Universal is pumping the brakes on the Dark Universe and making sure the next film is a true hit worthy of establishing a franchise.