Bride Of Frankenstein Taken Off Dark Universe Release Schedule

Credit: Universal Pictures

Universal announced its Dark Universe series, an interconnected universe based off the cult classic monster films, awhile ago.

One of the more highly anticipated releases was Bride of Frankenstein. This past week, however, Universal removed the film from its release schedule. It was originally slated for cinematic release on February 14th 2019.

In a statement, the studio said “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.”

Bill Condon, who directed the live-action Beauty and The Beast, is still attached to direct the Dark Universe title. At this stage, only Javier Bardem is listed as a cast member, playing Frankenstein’s Monster. There have been rumours Angelina Jolie is in talks to star as The Bride.

The original 1935 film starred Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester, and was directed by James Whale.  Condon recently spoke about his version saying that David Koepp’s script “will turn everything on its head from the classic work”.

Condon went on to say of the script.

“This is Eve before Adam; the bride comes first. So in its own way — you know, we all know the Bride only exists for 10 minutes in the Whale movie. She’s there and the movie’s over. So I keep thinking [it’s], in a way, at least a tribute to what Whale might have done if he’d made a third Frankenstein movie and he’d done it in the 21st Century”

The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, was the first chapter in the new cinematic universe. It performance at the box office was disappointing to say the least at the domestic box office, with only $80 million. It was, however, better received at the foreign box office.

Other films slated to be part of the Dark Universe include Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Russel Crowe. Over the summer, Universal released a first photo of its universe’s stars together, however, they weren’t actually all together and the photo is a composite of the stars.
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Jacie holds a BA.Ed in Theatre and Literature from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.
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