Universal Has Stopped Production on ‘Bride of Frankenstein’

Universal’s Dark Universe got off to the worst possible start back in June with the Tom Cruise debacle The Mummy. It may have made hella cash globally (around $400 million), but the dismal reviews and general disinterest in the IP overall has made the studio postpone their upcoming second entry, Bride of Frankenstein.

Here is a statement from the studio, per Deadline:

After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. 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.

It’s almost like starting this whole thing off with another Mummy movie was a terrible idea. But what do I know?

Bride of Frankenstein sounded like the most promising of the bunch. Bill Condon, who directed the James Whale story Gods and Monsters, was on board to direct. And Javier Bardem had already been cast as Frankenstein’s Monster. Alas, an ill-conceived launchpad film directed by a Fast and Furious dude and featuring a bored Tom Cruise AND the worse iteration of Dr. Henry Jekyll ever put to film proved to be too much to look past.

Maybe they can start all over, and take us to a place we haven’t seen for the past two decades. Like the Black Lagoon, perhaps? Whatever the case, the Dark Universe already feels dead in the water, and that is a damn shame.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
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