Universal’s Bride Of Frankenstein remake eyes up Bill Condon to direct

The Beauty And The Beast director could be joining Universal’s monster universe

It looks like Beauty And The Beast director Bill Condon is already on the hunt for another remake to helm; according to Deadine, Condon is currently in early talks to direct a remake of Bride Of Frankenstein.

It could be a perfect match, seeing as “Condon has said in previous interviews [the Bride Of Frankenstein] is one of his favourite classic monster movies of all time.” But the connection doesn’t even end there: in 1998, Condon directed and wrote the screenplay for Gods And Monsters, which depicted the final days of the original Bride Of Frankenstein‘s director James Whale (played by Ian McKellen). It’s practically fate.

The new film will be part of Universal Pictures’ monster movie universe, which will include The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, as well as untitled remakes of The Invisible ManThe Wolf ManVan Helsing and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Technically, Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans – who worked with Condon when he played Gaston in Beauty And The Beast – was going to be the film to kickstart the series, but producer Alex Kurtzman recently confirmed that Universal would be starting afresh with The Mummy.

The Bride Of Frankenstein is currently the last on the list, and doesn’t yet have a release date. Should Condon sign up for the film, he would be joining producers Kurtzman and Chris Morgan and screenplay writer David Koepp.

Some of the casting for the monsters universe beyond The Mummy has already been confirmed: Johnny Depp has bagged the role of the Invisible Man, while Javier Bardem is set to play Frankenstein’s monster.

The titular Bride of Frankenstein hasn’t been cast just yet. However, Angelina Jolie’s name keeps cropping up in relation to the role, so we’ll just have to wait that one out to see if anything comes of it.

James Whale’s original Bride Of Frankenstein film was released in 1935 and starred Elsa Lanchester as the Bride and the legendary Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster.

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