AceShowbiz - Universal Pictures has postponed production on its planned remake of "Bride of Frankenstein". Deadline first broke the news, revealing that the studio has removed the film's February 14, 2019 release date from its schedule.
In a statement released to the site, the studio says, "After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone 'Bride of Frankenstein'." It continues, "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."
The studio adds that Condon, whose directing credits include "Beauty and the Beast (2017)", "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 film allegedly was in pre-production, with filming set to begin in London this February. However, both the studio and director Bill Condon have decided to press the pause button on the project so that the helmer and Davis Koepp have more time to polish the script.
The pair are said to try to rework the story and vision for the remake of the 1935 horror classic, which starred Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster and Elsa Lanchester as the titular character. The remake is part of the Universal Monsters shared universe, which kicked off with this summer's Tom Cruise-starring "The Mummy".
Javier Bardem is still attached to portray Frankenstein's monster, with Angelina Jolie in talks to play the Bride of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. However, the "Maleficent" star is reportedly waiting for Condon and Koepp's rewrites before fully committing to the project.
Should Jolie turn down the offer, Condon wants Gal Gadot to replace the Oscar-winning actress/director for the role, insiders tell TheWrap. The Israeli-born actress is famously known for playing Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' DCEU.
After making her debut as the Princess of Themyscira in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", the actress reprised the role in Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman". She will portray the lasso-wielding superheroine once again in "Justice League", which is due out in the U.S. on November 17.