Universal is getting their shared cinematic monsterverse underway in June with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in The Mummy. After that, we’ll get Johnny Depp in The Invisible Man, and then after that? Well, we’re not sure yet, but it’s probably going to end up being Bride of Frankenstein.
At one point back in 2015 David Koepp was attached to write the script for the film, but it’s not clear if that version is still active. As recently as February, Angelina Jolie was still a possibility for the director’s chair, but she seems to have moved on to other projects.
But now Bill Condon, currently counting his money from the live action version of Beauty & The Beast, is in talks with Universal to direct Bride of Frankenstein (via The Tracking Board). Condon has a bit of a Bride Of Frankenstein connection already if you squint a little. He wrote and directed the brilliant Gods & Monsters, a movie about the later life of James Whale, the director of Universal’s original Bride Of Frankenstein, one of the finest (if not the finest) horror films of the era.
After The Mummy opens on June 9th, next up is The Invisible Man in April 2018. Bride Of Frankenstein doesn’t have a release date yet, but Universal has set February 15th, 2019 aside for one of its monster projects, and its proximity to Valentine’s Day would make that date a fine candidate for the Bride. Other Universal Monster movies in development include Creature From The Black Lagoon and Van Helsing.