Universal is launching its own “Monster-verse” by rebooting Golden Era horror villains from their vault of classics, beginning with The Mummy, unraveling in US Theaters on June 9th. While it’s uncertain which property the studio will tackle next, we previously reported that Aquaman scribe Will Beall has been hired to pen a treatment for The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Today, Deadline was first to report that another screenwriter is in talks to adapt The Bride of Frankenstein.
Bill Condon, who directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast into a $1B+ worldwide box office monster for Disney, is in early talks to take the helm of a remake of a film in the Universal Pictures monster universe. We hear that Condon and Uni are both excited to collaborate on The Bride of Frankenstein, which Condon has said in previous interviews is one of his favorite classic monster movies of all time. The original, which starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff, was directed by James Whale back in 1935.
There isn’t any notable horror in Condon’s filmography, but his participation on big-budget studio movies means he can give Bride an epic scope—which is a good thing! Most intriguing for me, though, are reports that the film will have a decisively “feminist bent”. It’s the perfect property for such an angle, as Bride can be seen as an allegory for the commoditization of women and the unrealistic expectation of men; not to mention, it’s a brilliant metaphor for unattainable quests for ideal beauty.
Check out a trailer and synopsis for The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, below. After that, peep the trailer for the original Bride of Frankenstein.
Official Synopsis: Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in the modern era, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Official Synopsis: After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.
Regarding rumors of Angelina Jolie’s participation remain just that, though the actress expressed interest in the lead when the project was first announced in 2016.