Last week, Universal Pictures unveiled new details about their Universal Monsters Shared Universe, which will officially kick off in 2017 with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. The end credits scene in last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" to this universe. One of the several other projects in development at Universal is a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the studio is eyeing Angelina Jolie to star as the title character. With Universal financing her latest directorial effort, By the Sea, the actress may be more inclined to star in Bride of Frankenstein, to return the favor for By the Sea, which has tanked at the box office, earning just $313,000 after two weeks in theaters.
The Bride of Frankenstein reboot has been in the works for several years, with Neil Burger (Divergent, Limitless) signing on to write and direct the reboot back in 2009. Brian Grazer and Sean Daniel were set to produce, with a screenplay by Neil Burger and Dirk Wittenborn (The Lucky Ones). This new report still lists Brian Grazer as a producer, but it isn't known if Neil Burger and Dirk Wittenborn are involved.
The report goes onto claims that the studio wants the actress to return for Wanted 2, a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's 2008 hit Wanted that has been languishing in development for years. Producer Marc Platt revealed last year that Wanted 2 is still happening, but the script by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt still isn't finished yet. It isn't known if Timur Bekmambetov will be back to direct, or how the story plans on resurrecting Angelina Jolie's character Fox, who sacrifices herself at the end of Wanted.
As for Bride of Frankenstein, it isn't known when Universal may move forward on the production. The studio also has Dracula, Van Helsing and The Wolfman in development under this cinematic universe, but it isn't known which will happen next, after the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which starts shooting next spring and is set for release on March 24, 2017. The original Bride of Frankenstein was a much more light-hearted follow-up to 1931's Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff as the monster and Elsa Lanchester as the bride.
Universal put together a writers room for this entire franchise, which was overseen by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. The writers who were part of this collective include Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), Ed Solomon (Men In Black) and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), who will each be responsible for their own monster movie. Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts were recently added to this collective, signing on to write Van Helsing. What do you think about Angelina Jolie playing the Bride of Frankenstein?