Universal's remake of The Bride of Frankenstein is targeting Bill Condon for the director's chair.
Condon, who is behind Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is in early talks to helm the movie, which is part of Universal's planned cinematic universe based on classic monsters of yore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. (The first entry, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opens June 9.)
David Koepp wrote the most recent draft of the project, which is intended to be an Angelina Jolie vehicle. Securing Condon, considered a prestigious filmmaker thanks to movies such as the musical Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Gods and Monsters.
It's the latter that shows Condon's direct connection to the Bride material. The 1998 movie, starring Ian McKellan, told the sad last days of James Whale, the gay director of the original Bride of Frankenstein. Condon even re-created several scenes from the 1935 movie for his film, which won him an Oscar for best screenplay and also earned nominations for best actor and best supporting actress.
Condon got his start in B-horror movie genre with movies such as Strange Invaders and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. He also directed the two parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Beauty and the Beast crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this past week.