Bride of Frankenstein teetered on the brink of cinematic death after The Mummy flopped at the box office. However, writer David Koepp assures everyone it has been resurrected by Universal.
Bride of Frankenstein was one of the sacred films in the Universal Monsters catalogue. The reigning King of Horror at the time, director James Whale was behind the camera for that classic.
Fast forward to 2017 and a new age of Universal Monsters was about to begin. Everyone was anxiously awaiting the premiere of Tom Cruise in the rebooted, The Mummy. In fact, the film was based on the 1932 Boris Karloff venture of the same name.
This production was supposed to herald in the Dark Universe which was basically the modern take on those black and white efforts of old. It seemed like a good idea. A top box office star, a terrifying subject but instead, the exact opposite happened.
Critics and audiences didn’t respond warmly to the movie at all and as a result it was a complete failure. So much so, that the studio pulled the plug on future ventures. In the works at that time was the Bride of Frankenstein which had a tentative release date of 2019.
Of course, the David Koepp script, Bill Condon at the helm and Angelina Jolie as the possible successor to Elsa Lanchester, seemed like an excellent idea on paper. However, the fallout from Cruise’s debacle caused the demise of the movie. It also resulted in Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan who were steering the Dark Universe to jump ship.
Now, according to Collider, David Koepp who has a new project, You Should Have Left with Kevin Bacon set to release on PVOD on June 19, revealed that the Bride of Frankenstein has been given a second chance. During quarantine the writer/director punched up his existing script and showed it to Universal.
They liked his work so they decided to resurrect the venture. Apparently, the studio is searching for a director. Koepp also stated that his version of Bride of Frankenstein would take place in the present day.
Stay tuned because there will probably be more information as this story develops.
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