Universal Pictures is in talks with Javier Bardem to headline Frankenstein. The studio is currently considering having the Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men and Skyfall star play the famous monster.
If negotiations go through, Bardem’s character may appear as early as 2017 in The Mummy, another Universal Monsterverse film in which the Frankenstein Monster is rumored to have a cameo role. As for the monster’s own film, Universal has yet to offer an official release date.
What the studio has done, however, is reserve two future dates for unknown features, one on April 13th, 2018 and the other on February 15th, 2019. By remarkable coincidence, 2018 will mark 200 years since Mary Shelley wrote the original Frankenstein novel:
Assuming he takes the role, Bardem’s new Frankenstein monster will join a lineup that also includes Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There is also a new Wolfman movie on the way that is allegedly courting Dwayne Johnson to headline. Fargo executive producer Noah Hawley is also said to be writing another one of the films in the series, with Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski penning the reboot of The Wolfman.
The new Universal Monsters movies are said to be part of the studio’s “New initiative to revive and reimagine Universal’s classic monsters for a modern audience.” All the films in the series will be produced and overseen by the creative team of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
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