Universal’s The Mummy is on track to earning its production budget back but, even before the movie was released, the studio has already started the next movie that will come out as part of the Dark Universe. Alex Kurtzman, the main architect of the new cinematic universe, talked about Bride of Frankenstein.
After The Mummy
Sofia Boutella’s Princess Ahmanet and Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are only the first to be unleashed by Universal on the big screen. Popular movie monsters like Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, Invisible Man, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera and even the Hunchback of Notre Dame are all going to be reintroduced to the modern audiences. Next in line, however, is Bride of Frankenstein.
A remake of the 1935 horror classic has been reportedly in the works for years now, but it finally made a concrete step forward when they hired Bill Condon of the record-breaking Beauty and the Beast as the director. No actor has been cast in the title role as for this writing, but the script written by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) has already been completed.
While doing press rounds for The Mummy, director and producer Kurtzman teased what the studio has planned for Bride of Frankenstein.
“David Koepp wrote the script. It’s really good,” he boasted to Collider. He also talked about the lasting legacy of the Bride (Elsa Lanchester) who, despite having no dialogue, was remembered by generations after generations.
“If you look at the original Bride, it’s one of the weirdest movies ever made. It’s truly a strange movie, and the Bride doesn’t appear until the end of the film, and she’s been built to be Frankenstein’s mate and takes one look at him and rejects him immediately,” he recalled. “He gets so angry, he pulls a lever and the building explodes and that’s the end of the movie, and you’re like, “I have no idea what just happened, but it was amazing!” It’s fascinating to me that as a character with no dialogue for generation after generation after generation has been remembered.”
The Bride Is The Star
The Dark Universe, it seems, will be giving the Bride a little more screentime than she had in the original. The reason why, Kurtzman believes, the Bride has remained relevant 80 years after it was released is because of her defiance.
When she rejected the Monster, she also rejected the purpose behind her own creation. The Bride was “she’s been remembered for her defiance and remembered for independence,” the filmmaker explained. Likely, this will figure into the remake to be helmed by Condon.
Moreover, she was also remembered for her iconic look. Kurtzman shared that the director might have something planned to recreate a monster that can be remembered and loved by generations to come.
Bride of Frankenstein is set to be released on Feb. 14, 2019.
The Mummy: Tom Cruise’s Biggest Global Box Office Opening
There is very little hopes for The Mummy to top the box office records worldwide thanks to the deluge of bad reviews it has received so far and fierce competition from Wonder Woman. In the U.S., it is expected to open with just $35-$42 million.
However, it is the international market (where Cruise is still a big draw) that can save the movie and the cinematic universe from complete failure. Deadline reports that industry sources expect the new movie to gross up to $135 million when it opens to 63 territories. By adding the domestic earnings, The Mummy can record a global opening of up to $177 million, so far the biggest opening gross for Cruise. This will beat War of the Worlds which posted $167.4 million in 2005.