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Universal Wants Angelina as BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; The Rock as WOLFMAN

Universal Wants Angelina as BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; The Rock as WOLFMAN

As Universal Studios prepares to debut The Mummy reboot next week, rumors are swirling as to how and with who they’d like to cast other potential movies that would populate their developing monsters franchise. The current swirl is that the high-ranking execs would love to see Angelina Jolie to star in the as-of-now uncast Bride of Frankenstein, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson to play the titular Wolfman.

Already Universal has announced plans to release reboots of Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man, and Frankenstein’s Monster, starring Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, and Javier Bardem respectively. But the studio, looking to compete with rivals Warner and Disney with their DC and Marvel superhero universes, wants to add even more star wattage to the fledgling project. Obviously Jolie and Johnson would provide it in droves, and of all the movies it is only Bride that even has a slated release date, for February of 2009.

The entire viability of the project may hinge on the performance of the upcoming Mummy, a reboot of the franchise that started in 1999. The movie is currently tracking to open at a modest $40 million next weekend, but its fate with international audiences may decide its fate. Cruise’s character in that film is slated to recur in this so-called “monstersverse.”

Another challenge for the studio and the project is what to call the entire thing. Something like Dark Universe is appealing but obviously problematic as Warner Bros. already had planned a release of a Justice League-themed film with that name. Sources say legal action is being considered.

What we do know is that the world will feature a mysterious organization led by Jekyll, called Prodigium, whose mission is to “track, study and — when necessary — destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world.”

We for ones would love to see Jolie and The Rock in those exciting roles, so let’s hope the studio is willing to meet the steep price tag that the superstar hauls in these days– over $20 million for her last project alone, plus backend royalties.

So what do you think about The Rock playing The Wolfman and Angelina Jolie playing The Bride of Frankenstein? Sound off below.

Source: THR

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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