Are you ready for James Wan's Frankenstein? It seems more and more as the week goes on, Universal is quietly trying to revamp their failed Dark Universe series of monster movies. Case in point, today we're hearing that Aquaman, The Conjuring, Saw, and Insidious director James Wan has been meeting with potential directors for an all-new take on Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein.

Cool, right? Well, maybe and maybe not. You see, this update was evidently part of a recent article that let us all know that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher is helming a standalone movie centered on infamous Dracula henchman Renfield. But the section about Wan's upcoming take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has since been removed... which is strange. But then again, maybe the powers that be behind the scenes are just holding out the reveal of the new movie until today, which marks the 88th anniversary of James Whale's original version starring Boris Karloff hitting theaters back in 1931.

And if this ends up being true, then as mentioned above, I think it's safe to say that Universal is planning to bring back their failed Dark Universe label of classic movie monsters in a big, bad way. I mean there's already Blumhouse and writer-director Leigh Whannell working on their reboot of The Invisible Man with Elisabeth Moss, and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher helming the above-mentioned standalone Renfield movie. Add in James Wan's Frankenstein and I think the Dark Universe is back in business.

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And this is not the first time Universal has tried to bring Frankenstein back to the screen. You might remember that back when Universal was all-kinds of gung-ho about crafting their Dark Universe of classic Universal Monsters, No Country for Old Men and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales actor Javier Bardem was slated to play Frankenstein's Monster. But as we all know all too well by now, that film was going to be Beauty and the Beast and Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh director Bill Condon's take on Bride of Frankenstein. And that movie was infamously canceled right under the feet of the cast and crew who were deep into pre-production when the axe (finally) fell. Let's hope Wan's planned version makes it further than that.

Now, for those who have never taken an English course, the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his misguided monster was first told in author Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus which was published way back on January 1, 1818. Shelley was just 18 when she wrote the book after her lover and future husband Percy B. Shelley and Lord Byron had a competition to see who could write the best horror story. And if that doesn't present you fellow would-be writers with enough inspiration to publish that first novel, I don't know what will.

So whether or not this new take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by producer James Wan ends up being true or not, only time will tell. Again, my real interest in this piece is whether or not Universal's abandoned Dark Universe is back. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see how well Blumhouse and writer-director Leigh Whannell's upcoming reboot of The Invisible Man does at the box-office. Until then, this story originally ran in an article over at Variety but has since been deleted says Bloody Disgusting.

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