Every now and then, a story pops up that makes us remember the brief period of time when Hollywood was bracing for the launch of the next great cinematic universe, The Dark Universe, which combined all the Universal Monsters into one cohesive playground. But then “The Mummy” dropped a turd at the box office and plans were quickly dashed. However, over the past year, some of those projects have been coming back to life, reportedly including “The Bride of Frankenstein.”
According to Variety, Universal has been working quite feverishly behind the scenes to get a new version of ‘Bride’ off the ground. You may remember that just a few years ago, when The Dark Universe was still a thing, Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, and director Bill Condon were all attached to reboot the franchise as part of the cinematic universe. But Tom Cruise’s ‘Mummy’ ruined that and everyone departed the project. Well, Universal is feeling rejuvenated with the buzz surrounding Blumhouse’s “The Invisible Man” reboot, starring Elisabeth Moss, that the studio is willing to give ‘Bride’ another go.
The report claims that Universal went to John Krasinski, the director of “A Quiet Place” and its impending sequel, for ideas on how to move ahead with “The Bride of Frankenstein, but he hasn’t figured it out quite yet. The studio has now moved onto producer Amy Pascal (the “Spider-Man” franchise) to help launch the new horror film. Apparently, the report says that Pascal was talking with Sam Raimi about the project. But considering he’s about to sign on to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” ‘Bride’ doesn’t seem like a good fit.
Now, it seems as if Pascal has enlisted the help of writer David Koepp, who was previously working on the project when Jolie, Bardem, and Condon were attached. So, all signs are pointing to “The Bride of Frankenstein” coming back to life soon enough.