Earlier this year, Universal Pictures kicked off the Dark Universe. A shared cinematic world akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal's world is populated by updated versions of their classic movie monsters like Dracula, The Invisible Man and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Earlier this year, the Dark Universe debuted with The Mummy. While it may have been met with mixed reviews here at home, the film did quite well overseas. Next year, production will get underway on the next addition to the franchise, Bride Of Frankenstein.
Speaking with Forbes, director Bill Condon offered an update on the status of the film, and revealed why this one has a rather deep and personal meaning for him.
"We start on February 1st, 2018 so it’s the early days but just to be here in London, starting to see locations and to talk about sets that we’re building, it’s very exciting. For me, the James Whale movie is really right there in the pantheon for me. As you know, the Bride is a character who appears in the last five minutes and then is destroyed so it’s a way to almost continue the movie that you imagine the movie he might have made the third Frankenstein movie but in 2018."
Currently, Javier Bardem is in place to portray Frankenstein's monster in the remake. Condon was asked if there was any truth to the rumors that Angelina Jolie was set to star alongside him as the film's titular character, but he was not willing to confirm such things right now.
"Not yet, no. Nothing is set yet. I think pretty soon but I think we’re trying to figure that out now but obviously, pretty soon we’re going to have to start really honing in on it. I’m not trying to be coy but I really shouldn’t say."
Whatever the plan may be, here's hoping the next film in the Dark Universe will be the hit that the studio is hoping for - especially if they're looking to continue expanding upon this concept.
Update: According to Deadline, production on the film has been halted in order to develop the script further. Universal has pulled the film from its originally planned release date of February 11th, 2019 for the time being, and cast members are expected to wait until everything gets sorted out.
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