Bill Condon In Talks to Helm Bride Of Frankenstein

Posted 2017/04/13 0 0

Bill Condon, who directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast into a $1B+ worldwide box office monster for Disney, is in early talks to take the helm of a remake of a film in the Universal Pictures monster universe.


Universal Pictures is reportedly looking for a helmer for their upcoming Monsterverse feature Bride of Frankenstein. Per a report today from Deadline, they look to have found a very appropriate director in Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon. While nothing is set in stone yet, the report states that both Condon and Universal are extremely excited about him possibly directing the film, especially since Condon has said numerous times in the past that the 1935 original James Whale-directed Bride of Frankenstein one of his favorite films.

Condon is perhaps best known for “Gods and Monsters” and “Dreamgirls,” however, he has also worked on films such as “Chicago”, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay, and the final two “Twilight” films: “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” and “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.”

Back in 2015 writer David Koepp was put in charge of the script after his work on Inferno, his quote about the project:

It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve written in years because if you reimagine the Frankenstein story, it gets into so many issues of men trying to feel dominant over women. To create someone who then says, ‘You don’t own me,’ it becomes a tale of liberation.

The original “Bride of Frankenstein,” which Condon has named one of his favorites in prior interviews, was released in 1935 and starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff, and was directed by James Whale.

The Bride of Frankenstein remake is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan from a script by David Koepp (Uni’s first two Jurassic Park films) that is said to have kind of a feminist bent to the new story. Universal has been after Angelina Jolie to star in (and, at one point, direct) the movie, but there's no word on whether she's still even a possibility.

The report comes as “Beauty and the Beast” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box-office.