Now that The Invisible Man is a huge hit for Blumhouse, more Universal monster reboots are all but guaranteed. Universal already has the Dracula spin-off Renfield in the works, as well as Elizabeth Banks’s Invisible Woman. What else could we see in the future? According to Blumhouse head Jason Blum, the answer is Frankenstein. Blum recently revealed he’d love to make a new Frankenstein movie – and this isn’t just wishful thinking. He’s actually reached out to filmmakers to try to develop a new adaptation.
While guesting on The Evolution of Horror podcast, Jason Blum spoke a bit about future Universal monster reboots Blumhouse might tackle in the wake of The Invisible Man. “I’d love to do Frankenstein,” said Blum. “I’ve tasked our filmmakers with trying to figure out just straight Frankenstein. Again, I don’t know if someone else is doing it, I don’t know anything about it, but I would love to try and I’m waiting for the great idea…the best ideas feel like, ‘My gosh, it’s so obvious, why didn’t that happen before?’ If we could come up with something as good for Frankenstein, I’d love to try that.”
Blum’s comment isn’t a confirmation that Blumhouse is making a new Frankenstein, but the fact that he says he’s “tasked” his filmmakers with “trying to figure [it] out” shows that he’s definitely interested in finding a way to make this happen. Frankenstein has been adapted to film countless times already. In fact, one of the first horror movies ever made was a 1910 short film adaptation of Frankenstein from Edison Studios.
Universal Pictures got involved with the story in 1931, with their classic film adaptation starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster. That film spawned several sequels and cross-overs. There are numerous other notable adaptations, including Mel Brooks’s hilarious Young Frankenstein, Kenneth Branagh’s over-the-top take starring Robert De Niro, and Larry Fessenden’s recent – and quite good – adaptation, Depraved.
Back when Universal was all-in on their Dark Universe idea they had tasked Bill Condon will directing a Bride of Frankenstein reboot starring Javier Bardem. Then that all collapsed. Frankenstein is a classic story for a reason, and it’s understandable to see why filmmakers return to it so often. The trick for Blumhouse would be to find something new to do with the material. One of the things that made the most recent Invisible Man special was that it took a familiar tale and applied something fresh to the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the future continues to look bright for the Universal monster reboots. In addition to Renfield and The Invisible Woman, there’s also a film titled The...
So far, most of the movies that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic were scheduled to come out in March A Quiet Place Part II, Mulan, April No Time to Die, and May Furious 9, Black Widow before being pushed back. But now even June films are coming out later than expected. Variety reports that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, which was scheduled to be released on June 5, has been postponed to August 14.
“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theaters on Aug. 14,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”
Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t the only Warner Bros. movie with a new release date, either: In the Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, and the Scooby-Doo origin story ? Scoob! have been “indefinitely pulled,” as has director James Wan’s Malignant, which was scheduled to come out on August 14, the date that now belongs to WW84. The fact that movies that weren’t supposed to come out for three months are already being delayed shows that studios expect theaters to remain closed longer than feared.
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NE
— Patty Jenkins @PattyJenks March 24, 2020Via Variety
Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Dracula retold: Following the success of Leigh Whannell's fresh take on The Invisible Man, another classic Universal monster is being trusted to Blumhouse Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Karyn Kusama Destroyer has been tapped for a new version of the iconic vampire story Dracula, which will be set in modern times.
Disney finds its Peter Pan: Another fresh take on a familiar story, Disney's live-action reimagining of Peter Pan has found its young leads. Variety reports Alexander Molony will play Peter in the upcoming movie, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, while Ever Anderson, the daughter of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson who can be seen soon in Black Widow, has been cast as Wendy.
Woody Harrelson joins The Man from Toronto: Following the departure of Jason Statham from the Patrick Hughes-helmed action-comedy, Woody Harrelson is filling the void for The Man from Toronto. Variety reports the Oscar-nominated actor will co-star opposite Kevin Hart in a story of mistaken identity involving the world's greatest assassin.
Florian Munteanu to fight Shang-Chi: Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may have a secondary villain in the form of professional boxer Florian Munteanu, who played Viktor Drago in Creed II. Australian movie site Dark Horizons reports the heavyweight will face off against the titular superhero and kung-fu master, played by Simu Liu.