Just as his live-action Disney fairy tale Beauty and the Beast crosses the billion-dollar mark at the global box office, director Bill Condon has entered talks to direct THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN for Universal Pictures, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The Bride of Frankenstein will be part of the studio’s budding universe of classic monsters, which includes the upcoming Tom Cruise movie The Mummy featuring Sofia Boutella as the titular monster. That tentpole is set to terrorize the box office on June 9.
Though it would’ve been nice to see Universal add a female filmmaker to its Monsters Universe, especially given reports of this project’s feminist bent — keep in mind they still could, and Jennifer Kent would be cool! — it’s hard to argue with the selection of Condon, whose horror roots run deep.
Before directing and winning an Oscar for writing the critically acclaimed 1998 drama Gods and Monsters, which examined the last days of original Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale, Condon directed the slasher sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. He also directed the last two Twilight movies, which of course pitted vampires against werewolves.
Released in 1935, The Bride of Frankenstein starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff, and Condon has said repeatedly in interviews that it’s one of his favorite classic monster movies.
David Koepp wrote the remake, which is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the architects of Universal’s classic monsters universe.
Condon’s other credits include directing Dreamgirls and biopics of Alfred Kinsey and Julian Assange, as well as writing both Chicago and Hugh Jackman’s upcoming musical The Greatest Showman.
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