Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, the cliche goes, a fate that top filmmakers are still hoping to avoid for a reboot of the iconic movie monster: the Bride of Frankenstein.
In the past year alone, figures like Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal and freshmen horror sensation John Krasinski have been quietly exploring ways to reimagine the skunk-haired creature for the cineplex.
The property has been in a holding pattern since 2017, when Universal Pictures scuttled a planned constellation of films known as the Dark Universe after the failure of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. One of the entries in the cinematic universe that never came to pass was a Bride of Frankenstein standalone film with director Bill Condon, Angelina Jolie, and Javier Bardem attached.
But thanks to a new creative mandate at the studio for edgier (and more affordable) takes on their characters — including Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy, and Frankenstein — this bride might walk down theater aisles soon. Especially considering the first monster film made under the new guidelines, Elizabeth Moss’ The Invisible Man, is poised for a $20 million opening at the end of February (a strong result given that it was produced under a notoriously lean Blumhouse Productions budget).
The latest suitor for Bride is Pascal, who just moved her overall production deal to Universal from Sony Pictures last summer. While insiders have for years said that Jolie remains committed to the character as long as the right creative team comes along with it, it’s unclear if she would work with Pascal.
Reps for Pascal and Jolie declined to comment for this story. Universal had no comment.