6 Oct – Production on the remake of 1935 horror classic "Bride of Frankenstein" has been put on hold.
Deadline broke the news stating that despite pre-production having already taken place in London for the filming that was to begin on 1 February 2018, now all crew has been informed to go home instead.
"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone "Bride of Frankenstein"," the studio revealed.
"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."
Originally slated for a 14 February 2019 North American release, the remake is now without an opening date, as some more works are being done on the script originally written by "The Mummy's" David Koepp.
This could be why in a recent interview with Collider, Condon stated that his remake "has nothing to do" with the studio's planned Dark Universe, which was surprising given that the studio had previously positioned it as the franchise's key title.
Javier Bardem was expected to play Frankenstein's monster while Angelina Jolie has been in talks to star as his infamous bride.
The studio seems to be more cautious with its Dark Universe banner after Tom Cruise-starrer "The Mummy", which launched the monster program, disappoints with its USD80 million collection at the domestic box office.
A banner that is set to reinvent the studio's classic monsters into modern cinema, Dark Universe has previously revealed its plan for the remake of several iconic movies including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Dracula" and "Invisible Man", which Johnny Depp will star in.