The remake of Bride of Frankenstein has been put on hold for now. The highly anticipated film is scheduled to star Javier Bardem as the original Frankenstein’s monster and Angelina Jolie as his piecemeal bride.
But according to Deadline.com, even though a shooting schedule has been formalized, and a release date of February 2019 announced, the project is being postponed for further script re-tweaking.
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
This, of course, could be due to the hugely panned Tom Cruise film The Mummy, but that’s only conjecture on our part.
“The Mummy” was supposed to be Universal’s monster renaissance into the Dark World Universe. But fans and critics complained that the film couldn’t decide whether to be campy like the highly successful Brendan Fraser franchise, or action-packed like Cruise’s Mission Impossible’s.
That indecision left the Universal classic a bi-polar mess with intermittent action sequences, Cruises signature cockiness, and absolutely no scares. The only person to come out of that film unscathed by critics were Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy herself.
It’s probably wise to re-tool the project because the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein is considered one of the best movies ever made. And we certainly don’t want a rushed version of this classic, we’d like to see this done right.