Universal Studios might be bringing 1935’s Bride Of Frankenstein via reboot back to life, and that could lead into a potential re-start to Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’, according to Screen Rant.
Director Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein is showing new signs of life, as the project assembles a production crew in order to begin filming sometime this year, with Javier Bardem likely taking the role of Frankenstein’s monster in the film, written by David Koepp.
Most of us thought it was lights out for The Dark Universe, originally managed by producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, after the not so successful The Mummy starring Tom Cruise earlier this year.
People have been talking about Marvel’s successful Cinematic Universe being the first, but that isn’t true – Universal had a very successful Movie Universe before, tied together with Abbott and Costello and team ups, that lasted almost ten years between the 1940s and 1950s.
Universal Pictures has a long history of influential Horror/Sci Fi features including The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and 1928’s The Man Who Laughs, starring Conrad Veidt, who basically created the look for Batman’s Joker.
In the 1930s Universal brought us Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, plus sequels like The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula’s Daughter and Son of Frankenstein.
Inner Sanctum Mystery was a radio show from 1941 – 1953, and was branded as series of six low-budget Universal Horror movie: Calling Dr. Death (1943), Weird Woman (1944), Dead Man’s Eyes (1944), The Frozen Ghost (1945), Strange Confession (1945) and Pillow of Death (1945).
The 1940s and 1950s brought more sequels and original films like The Wolf Man, The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man Returns, The Invisible Woman, The Invisible Man’s Revenge and an additional 4 Mummy films.
1943’s Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man was the first crossover in Universal’s Cinematic Universe, and the Tradition continued when Abbott and Costello met Frankenstein, Boris Karloff (The Killer), The Invisible Man, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Mummy over the course of five films.
Other monsters included The Mole Men, The Deadly Mantis and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Universal has all the ingredients it needs for a successful Dark Universe. They just need their own culinary movie maestro.