EXCLUSIVE: Bill Condon, who directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast into a $1B+ worldwide box office monster for Disney, is in early talks to take the helm of a remake of a film in the Universal Pictures monster universe. We hear that Condon and Uni are both excited to collaborate on The Bride of Frankenstein, which Condon has said in previous interviews is one of his favorite classic monster movies of all time. The original, which starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff, was directed by James Whale back in 1935.
Condon, in fact, is known to have included a kind of homage to Whale’s film in the climax of his Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, with one character reviving another and turning her into a monster to save her life. In addition, he won an Oscar in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film that featured Whale (portrayed by Ian McKellen) in Gods and Monsters, which he also directed.
The Bride of Frankenstein project in the hands of Condon gives it to a director who has a phenomenal commercial and quality track record to boot.
Not only is Condon a great writer (he was also nominated for an Oscar for Chicago), but he has helmed some very high-grossing pictures. Those include the aforementioned Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2, which together made more than $1.5B worldwide.
The Bride of Frankenstein remake is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan from a script by David Koepp (Uni’s first two Jurassic Park films) that is said to have kind of a feminist bent to the new story (yes!). The studio has been mining its monster IP goldmine with remakes for years. Their classic monsters go back to the Karloff and Bela Lugosi films from the 1920s and ’30s. The next remake up is The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, which Uni opens June 9.
Condon is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and lawyer Wayne Alexander at Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz.
Universal’s remake of The Bride of Frankenstein is targeting Bill Condon for the director’s chair.
Condon, who is behind Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is in early talks to helm the movie, which is part of Universal’s planned cinematic universe based on classic monsters of yore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. (The first entry, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opens June 9.)
David Koepp wrote the most recent draft of the project, which is intended to be an Angelina Jolie vehicle. Securing Condon, considered a prestigious filmmaker thanks to movies such as the musical Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Gods and Monsters.
It’s the latter that shows Condon’s direct connection to the Bride material. The 1998 movie, starring Ian McKellan, told the sad last days of James Whale, the gay director of the original Bride of Frankenstein. Condon even re-created several scenes from the 1935 movie for his film, which won him an Oscar for best screenplay and also earned nominations for best actor and best supporting actress.
Condon got his start in B-horror movie genre with movies such as Strange Invaders and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. He also directed the two parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Beauty and the Beast crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this past week.
Every site that has written about the DeMille estate has claimed it as an exclusive. First there was Page Six which claimed she was interested in the property just hours after it was listed. Then Variety followed pointing out the features that obviously invited speculation -- it's location in Los Feliz and the 6 bedrooms. And now TMZ joins the list. I gave the reasons previously why I find the reports dubious and to those I will add TMZ's record of concocting stories about her after they lost their exclusive access. There is a notable absence of any further details in TMZ's report. If they knew she made an offer they would have details on who represented her. Angelina would not make such a large purchase directly in her name. She would use a trust or an offshore company.
Any such substantial purchase while the petition is pending would involve a complicated process that would include a prior legal agreement with Brad and approval by the court. Recall that they have not complied with the assets and income disclosure requirements of the dissolution petition. She would need to amend her petition to provide the court with a list of their existing assets and she would need to provide proof of her income. She would need to show that the purchase is made from separate funds from her earnings since the petition was filed. To-date, no such filings have been made with the court.
To protect your home from being considered a marital asset, consider entering into a legal property agreement, which is signed by both spouses and approved by the court. The agreement should specifically address both spouses' ownership interests, along with equity and title -- stating that the home buyer's spouse will have no rights to the home.
Angelina Jolie is putting permanent roots down in L.A. ... she about to become the proud owner of the historic Cecil B. DeMille Estate.
The 6 bedroom, 10 bath pad was on the market for just shy of $25 million, and we're told Angelina paid close to asking.
Stories surfaced that Angelina was considering making an offer, but we've learned she did, the offer was accepted and it's now in escrow.
The home -- considered one of the best in L.A. -- was built in 1913. The famed director lived there until his death in 1959.
Her neighbors will include Ellen Pompeo, Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Lauren Graham, Will.I.Am and David Fincher.
The most anyone paid for a home in the area is Lydia Hearst, who plunked down $13 mil, so Angelina's purchase is nearly double.