Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein, a remake of the 1935 classic horror movie, has been halted by Universal -- despite their willingness to continue expanding their Dark Universe cinematic universe.
Pre-production had already commenced in London, with a preemptive date of Feb. 1, 2018 having been set for production to start. Javier Bardem, Angelina Jolie and the film's crew have had their preparation postponed as more script work is underway. The movie, which is said to take place in the present day, brought on Spider-Man scribe David Koepp earlier this year, but it's clear the executives at Universal aren't quite prepared to film the movie based on that script.
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal told 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.”
Bride of Frankenstein is set to take place in the Dark Universe, a shared cinematic franchise that includes The Mummy, Invisible Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Van Helsing and The Wolfman. Universal will be looking to mimic the success Marvel Studios with its own cinematic universe. The Mummy grossed $407.8 million at the worldwide box office.
Bride of Frankenstein was set for release on Feb. 14, 2019, though this is no longer the case. There is no new release date for the movie as of yet.