Story details have finally been revealed on The Dark Universe’s plans for Bride of Frankenstein according to the director of the film. In 2015, David Koepp (Spider Man) signed on to write the screenplay for a remake of the 1935 Universal Horror film, Bride of Frankenstein. The film was conceived as part of a shared cinematic universe to compete with the MCU and DCEU titled The Dark Universe.
The first of the planned Dark Universe installments was in 2017 The Mummy, for which Koepp helped write the script. A month before The Mummy’s Release, Bride of Frankenstein began to take shape as, fresh off the smash success of The beauty and the BeastBill Condon was to direct and Javier Bardem (There is no country for old people) was to play Frankenstein’s Monster, with Angelina Jolie (Eternals) ready to play the titular bride. However, The Mummy bombed at the box office and all plans for a shared universe were scrapped in favor of standalone reimaginings like those in the 2020s The invisible Man.
In an interview with ColliderKoepp reveals plans for Bride of Frankenstein. The film would have been split into two time periods, with the beginning set in the 1870s while the second half of the story would be set 150 years later when the bride wakes up in 2020. gothic horror although Koepp tried to pen a smaller-scale adaptation after The Mummy bombarded. Still, he reveals that the project didn’t quite work out. Read Koepp’s full quote below:
“I did a few different versions. This one was a dramatic story. It was coming up, it was going to be a really big movie. Bill Condon was going to direct it, and then The Mummy blew up and it all fell apart. Then I I did a much smaller version and thought it was interesting, but it didn’t quite work. I think someone else is trying it now. So, I don’t know. I felt like Bride Of Frankenstein is a treasure obviously and it doesn’t “doesn’t belong to me. And I had two really good cracks, so it’s really fair to let someone else try. So I don’t know what’s going to work with that… It was going to be a really big, lavish, beautiful, gothic horror production. And one idea that I liked was that the first thirty or forty pages were set in the 1870s like Frankenstein movies do, and then it sort of lay dormant for 150 years and was rediscovered and reawakened in the present day . And I thought that was cool.”
Bride of Frankenstein was set to shoot in 2018 before filming was delayed to October 2017 and the film was pulled from Universal’s release schedule. It was previously due for release on February 14, 2019. Those attached to the project have hinted that they are still interested in making a version of the film, with Koepp revealing in 2020 that he was reworking the script and the studio was looking for directors. . However, it seems the film has become less of a priority as Universal is currently focusing on Nicholas Cage’s Dracula film. Reinfeld and the Wolfman remake directed by Ryan Gosling.
The Dark Universe remains one of the great “what could have been” stories in Hollywood, and one wonders if the franchise could have even recovered if Bride of Frankenstein had gone as planned. It is possible that he behaved better than The Mummy thanks to what seems like an interesting storyline and Jolie’s involvement. There is always the chance that Universal Pictures decides to relaunch Bride of Frankenstein concept, as the character is an iconic piece of cinema and the studio might even bring Jolie and Bardem back on board the project. However, it looks like the release as previously planned will remain an artifact lost in time.
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