The Dark Universe is a thing that's going to happen regardless of what kind of movie The Mummy actually was. At this point there are too many plates up in the air, contacts signed, that it doesn't really matter if no one likes this first one. The next movie we're getting is Bride of Frankenstein and while we don't have any cast listed aside from Javier Bardem there is a script out there. Alex Kurtzman, director of The Mummy, appears to be taking on the Kevin Feige/Geoff Johns role as one looking over the entire production, recently spoke to Den of Geek about the next movie in the franchise and how they will be approaching it.
When asked about the pitch itself and whether they were going to have a hard time adapting it to a family friendly audience Kurtzman seemed confident not only in the script but the central relationship between the two monsters.
David Koepp wrote a brilliant script. A brilliant script with a very unique structure and a central relationship that I think is gonna be relatable to a lot of people while also being very true to what I believe people love about Bride. Here's the weird thing about Bride Of Frankenstein. It is one of the weirdest movies you'll ever see in your life. It is such a strange film. What amazes me is that the bride doesn't show up until, what, the last ten minutes of the film? Doesn't say anything, rejects Frankenstein, he pulls a lever and the building explodes and that's the end of it. It's not like she has long monologues, it's not like you get to know her character, it's not like she goes out into the world. There's almost no screen time with her.
Kurtzman went about the iconic status of a character that we know virtually nothing about and how that leaves them with a lot of room to explore new ideas and themes.
And yet everybody remembers the iconic look, the hair, who she was. Articles have been written, there's Halloween costumes. It's an enduring character because there's something mysterious about her and that look, and the idea that she was created to serve another man. Which is gonna be an interesting thing to tackle in this day and age. It might be something we subvert in our film. It will be really interesting to see where we go because I actually think that Bride is maybe a lot more accessible as a character than you may think. Mostly because she's not really a character yet based on the original Bride Of Frankenstein.
The idea of doing a movie about the Bride and making her the focal point is an interesting angle but they are going to have to work twice as hard to make this relationship work since they are building it from nothing. There was no hint of Frankenstein in The Mummy so they are going to have to build the world from the ground up yet again. The world building is what made The Mummy stumble so hopefully this one doesn't make the same mistake.
Bride of Frankenstein is scheduled to debut in theaters February 14, 2019.