BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Director Bill Condon In Early Talks To Helm THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN For Universal

Fresh off a billion-dollar success, Bill Condon might be setting his sights on another monstrous love story, The Bride of Frankenstein, which will be a part of Universal's Classic Monsters Universe!

Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has entered early negotiations with Academy Award-winner Bill Condon to direct the upcoming remake of one of their all-time classic monster movies, The Bride of Frankenstein.

No star is currently attached to play the iconic title character, who was originally brought to life by Elsa Lanchester, but with a director finally lined up, it's likely we should hear something on that front in the not-so-distant future. It was also previously rumored that Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie might be in the running for the highly coveted role, but it's uncertain whether or not that's still the case.

As for Frankenstein's monster, Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem has already signed on to play the part, but he's expected to make his debut in another monster movie first before potentially getting his own solo feature and/or appearing in The Bride of Frankenstein.

Universal's rebooted Classic Monsters Universe officially launches this summer with The Mummy, which stars global megastar Tom Cruise in the lead role with Sofia Boutella as the titular monster and Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. After that, two untitled monster films have already been slated for April 13, 2018, and February 15, 2019, so it's certainly a possibility that The Bride will occupy one of those dates.

Condon is someone well-versed in the worlds of these ancient evils, having written and directed the critically acclaimed 1998 drama Gods and Monsters, which starred X-Men star Ian McKellen as the troubled James Whale, who helmed the original Bride of Frankenstein. His other credits include Beauty and the Beast, which recently crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, Mr. Holmes, The Fifth EstateThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 & 2, and Dreamgirls. He also made contributions to the screenplay for the upcoming Hugh Jackman-starrer The Greatest Showman.

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