Universal is building out its own cinematic universe of classic monsters starting with this Summer’s “The Mummy” and leading into numerous other projects including “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Invisible Man” and “The Wolf Man”.
One of the rumored projects in development is a new take on “Frankenstein” with Javier Bardem previously rumored to be in talks to play the famous monster. This week, out doing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” promotion, Bardem has directly confirmed that talks are happening. He tells Cinema Blend:
“Yeah, well, there are talks. And I would love to be part of it. Because it’s an iconic… speaking of an iconic character! I have the size of the head. [Laughs] That’s for sure. They’re not going to waste a lot of money in makeup, that’s for sure.”
Other actors who have been linked to such a universe include Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein. “The Mummy” is currently tracking for a soft $40 million opening at this point.
Speaking of Bardem in ‘Pirates,’ the first clip from that film is out and showcases one of the limitations of Bardem’s villain. that film opens on Friday.