Universal’s plans for their Dark Universe series of classic monster movie reboots seem to be in trouble, with production on Bride of Frankenstein halted.

Pre-production work had only just started in London for the reimagining of the 1935 horror classic, however Deadline reports that everybody working on it was told to pack up and wait for a call.

After 2014’s Dracula Untold was to be the original Dark Universe debut, its less-than-favourable reception saw plans for the new franchise put on pause. Honours for the series debut ended up going to Tom Cruise in The Mummy earlier this year. Being polite, it also didn’t have the blockbuster effect that the studio wanted, so hopes then fell to Bride of Frankenstein. With talk of Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie both starring in the Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) directed film, there was enough buzz to maintain horror fans’ interest – albeit warily.

Now there’s talk of rewrites, and the chances of the flick making its February 14, 2019 release date seem slim – in fact it’s been pulled from that date.

A cookie cutter statement from the studio reads pretty much like this:

“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. 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. Bill 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.”

With such a rich history of horror in their archives there for the mining, we can only hope that Universal find a way to put the magic into Bride of Frankenstein and unleash a modern classic.

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