Monday, May 22, 2017

"Scheduling will play a factor on her starring in the pic’s title role"

 -- Bride of Frankenstein has a script, a director and a release date.  It's ready to go.  She has no other project in development that already has a director, and there has been no word on a search for prospective directors. The scripts are likely not ready yet.  The only project that has a release date tentatively staked out is Maleficent 2 -- one of several unnamed live-action fairy tales in Disney's announced schedule.

Unless there is suddenly progress on Maleficent 2, she should be free to do Bride later this year.  Ad Astra starts filming July 17 and should be done by Fall.  The intensive course she will be lecturing for at the LSE is only for 2 days: Sept. 21 - 22.  The question really is if she likes the script and director Bill Condon.  Maleficent 2 will likely take priority if it's also ready to go.  She has a very good relationship with the scriptwriter, Linda Woolverton, and they can collaborate in taking the character in daring directions.  She and Elle Fanning also got along very well.  But there has been no recent update.

It seems highly unlikely that Universal would go so far as to set a release date if it didn't already have a star set for the film.  It's notable that no other name has been mentioned as an alternative -- and it has to be a big name given the lineup they've assembled.

-- She has a number of things with a "pending" status at the moment: the dissolution petition, the purchase of the DeMille estate, and her next film commitment.

-- Fussy


Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’

Universal has dated “Bride of Frankenstein” for Feb. 14, 2019, with Bill Condon on board to direct.

The pic is the studio’s second entry in its newly announced “Dark Universe,” which kicks off with “The Mummy” — Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella — on June 9.

The studio has also announced a logo for the new initiative (pictured above). A musical theme for “Dark Universe” composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding “The Mummy.”

The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned.

“Dark Universe” was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who serves as director and producer of “The Mummy,” and “The Mummy” producer Chris Morgan. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such talents as Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp.

As for “The Bride of Frankenstein,”Angelina Jolie had been linked to the project for some time but insiders say scheduling will play a factor on her starring in the pic’s title role.

 “I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

 The stars of Universal’s “Dark Universe” series: Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sofia Boutella. Courtesy of Universal Pictures

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