Universal Pictures monster filled shared universe, known as the Dark Universe, has hit another snag. Earlier this year Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, the first film in the shared universe, was panned by critics & had issues at the box office and now the film that was set to follow it up is being delayed.
According to Deadline, Universal’s remake of Bride of Frankenstein from director Bill Condon and starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster had begun pre-production in London with an eye on a February production start but now the crew has been told to go home and the film is on hold for the foreseeable future. Angelina Jolie was reportedly in talks to play the reanimated bride of the title.
Reportedly the delay in production stems the studio’s desire to have more work done on the script. Studio execs confirmed to Deadline that the film is delayed but that the actors are not departing the picture, but are waiting to commit to the film until the issues that caused the delay are worked out.
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal said in a statement to Deadline. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”
While the studio will likely never say as much, the delays to get the script right very much could be related to the issues that plagued The Mummy. With all the pressure that comes with shared universes these days studios need to make the right move to correct things when it looks like the audience isn’t buying into the universe they are selling.
This was the issue faced by their fellow studio Warner Bros. after both Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad didn’t deliver like they expected. Re-organization occurred in the film division levels and Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman pivoted in a different direction that appears to have put the shared universe closer to being back on the right track.
Originally Bride of Frankenstein had secured a February 14, 2019 release date but with the delays it’s more than likely that the film will be moving elsewhere for a release.