The Bride of Frankenstein reboot was pulled from Universal’s schedule this past October, losing its original targeted release date of Valentine’s Day 2019. But life may now have returned to the monster – or at very least there are rumours that she shall walk again.
Director Bill Condon was reported in October to still be refining the script as pre-production was pushed back. As a representative for Universal attested at the time:
“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.”
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Well, perhaps now the script has finally been polished to gothic perfection. Omega Underground has reported that full production teams have been hired on the project. Some of this crew consists of cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler (Beauty and The Beast, A Wrinkle In Time), production designer Sarah Greenwood (Atonement, Sherlock Holmes), composer Carter Burwell (Fargo, Three Billboards), and costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and The Beast, Atonement).
And with this news has come a rumour that the eponymous role, originally promised and held for Angelina Jolie, has been offered to Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.
Gadot has significant commercial pull after her summer of 2017, but that’s also put the actress’ time in high demand. Her feature projects ahead, in which she has been cast since the release of Wonder Woman in June, include the Bradley Cooper thriller Deeper and of course the tentatively untitled Wonder Woman 2. Gadot might not have the time in her day for a second major franchise, especially if Universal intend to build their cinematic Dark Universe to rival Warner Brothers’ DCEU.
Javier Bardem has been attached to the role of Frankenstein’s Monster since the project’s announcement. After the poor reception and box office of last year’s The Mummy reboot, however, and with Jolie’s alleged departure from the project, it is entirely possible that the cast of Universal’s Dark Universe who were previously announced have since reconsidered or been replaced.