Universal recently revealed the next film in their “Dark Universe” franchise—the new name for their Universal Monsters remakes. We already have The Mummy and the upcoming Invisible Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon remakes. Now, The Bride of Frankenstein is the next film due for a remake.
In addition to the news about the latest film in the works, we also got casting confirmations regarding Johnny Depp’s Invisible Man and Javier Bardem’s role as Frankenstein’s Monster. Russell Crowe’s Doctor Jekyll has also been confirmed as a reoccurring character who will connect all the films through his investigation group, Prodigium.
“At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.”
Scheduled for release on February 14, 2019, The Bride of Frankenstein will be directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon. Though there has been no confirmation as to who will play the Bride, casting is reportedly underway and it will be nice to see another female character in what is looking to be a very masculine universe so far. The new franchise will also feature a theme by Danny Elfman that will appear in all movies within the Dark Universe.
Anyone have any thoughts on who should play the Bride? What film in the "Dark Universe" are you anticipating the most? Is it The Bride of Frankenstein or one of the other remakes?