Last year Universal tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to begin work on its new shared universe and the remakes of all of its classic horror films. Universal’s The Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, will soon wrap filming. And their next reboot, Frankenstein, is now in the early phases of casting. There have been many remakes and reboots of Frankenstein over the years, but the original has never been topped, in my opinion. Let’s hope the new film will do it justice.
Variety is reporting that Javier Bardem is now in negotiations to star as Dr, Frankenstein’s monster, a role originally played by Boris Karloff in 1931. Bardem was also offered the role of Dr. Jekyll in the new The Mummy reboot, but passed. There is no word yet if Bardem will also appear in the Bride of Frankenstein, whose star has been named as Angelina Jolie. Bardem is a gifted actor who has starred in many fantastic films including: No Country for Old Men, Skyfall, and the upcoming 2017 Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, Dead Man Tell Tales.
The other films in the new shared universe are already lining up all-star casts. The Invisible Man remake has already snagged Johnny Depp. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being eyed to play The Wolf Man. Scarlett Johansson may be swimming with The Creature from the Black Lagoon. And Van Helsing is also among the remakes and has signed Prometheus’ scribes Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to write its script. Other remakes will also follow. Universal Studios is going to be very busy over the next few years. We will keep you updated as each film develops.