Universal Pictures’s Bride of Frankenstein reboot has been moved back into pre-production. Word is that director Bill Condon is continuing to work on the script and the studio has undated the film, which has been scheduled for February 14th, 2019. Production would’ve started in February 2018, but they want to hold off until they are happy with the script.
The studio said in a released statement:
After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone ‘Bride of Frankenstein. 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.
The cast already includes Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster and they’re talking to Angelina Jolie to play the Bride. Jolie is attached to star in in the sequel to Maleficent which is scheduled to start shooting early next year with director Joachim Ronning. The delay gives the studio time to lock in Jolie and rework the script. Speculation is that the studio is a bit nervous after the underwhelming performance of The Mummy which launched their interconnected Dark Universe.
Deadline was first to report the shutdown.