10:12am PT by Aaron Couch
Universal Sets 'Bride of Frankenstein' for 2019
Universal on Monday announced a date for Bride of Frankenstein and debuted the first photo of the stars it has assembled for its shared universe, the newly titled Dark Universe.
Bride of Frankenstein, from director Bill Condon and screenwriter David Koepp, will open Feb. 14, 2019. In a statement, Universal chairman Donna Langley described the project as the "story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale." Universal said casting for the lead character, first played by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 classic, will be announced soon.
The studio is pushing ahead with its cinematic monsters universe as it readies to release The Mummy in theaters June 9. The reboot stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella and was directed by Alex Kurtzman.
Assembled in the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Cruise (Nick Morton), Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Boutella (The Mummy). Crowe's Dr. Jekyll is set to provide the glue linking the films together, with his mysterious organization Prodigium charged with tracking the world's monsters.
Universal has also released a logo and sizzle reel for Dark Universe, which draws from the studio's long history of monster films dating back to the golden age of Hollywood.