News on Universal’s rebooted classic monsters keeps on coming in at the moment, and the latest smidgen of on update is that Angelina Jolie is being eyed to play The Bride of Frankenstein.
THR reported the news, stating that Jolie’s most recent film with husband Brad Pitt, called By The Sea, stands lose the studio money. However, Universal have plans for Jolie to star in either a sequel to Wanted, or Bride of Frankenstein.
But even if Universal loses tens of millions of dollars on By the Sea, the studio is gambling that by backing Jolie Pitt’s artistic whim, she will be amenable to starring in its tentpole Bride of Frankenstein, which is part of the Monster’s universe from producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, or a long-hoped-for sequel to Wanted. Either of those films could end up raking in far more in profits than Universal will lose on By the Sea. “Following our successful collaboration with Angie on Unbroken, we jumped at the opportunity to work with her again,” says a studio rep in a statement. “Her script and vision for an intelligent and sophisticated film appealed to us, and we wanted to be part of it.”
There is no word yet on whether Jolie is interested in either offer, but it’s promising to hear Universal are looking at big names for rebooting their classic monsters.
A short while ago Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are taking charge of the monsters cinematic universe, revealed the following:
“The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward,” Kurtzman explains. “We’re creating a mythology, so we’re looking at this canon and thinking, ‘What are the rules?’?What can we break, and what are the ones that are untouchable?”
“This is not a heightened world,” Morgan adds. “We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world?’”
“Heroes tend to be perfect, but most people in an audience aren’t ever going to know what it’s like to be the smartest, strongest, or fastest person alive,” he continues. “But there’s a darkness inside everybody. And everyone wants to be able to turn a curse into empowerment. The monsters have been in the shadows, and now it’s time to bring them out into the light.”
Universal Pictures Chair Donna Langley reiterated the Marvel-like idea:
“The characters will interact with each other across movies. We’re incubating it at the moment, and we’re taking the time to get it right.”
The plan is for a new monster movie to come out every year. The first of these, based on the character of the Mummy, will begin shooting in early 2016, with other pictures centered on Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolfman following in short order. To prepare, Kurtzman and Morgan obsessively watched Universal monster films made with the likes of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and to broaden the sense of genre, augmented that with a diet of Hammer Horror pictures and other creepy works.