It looks like Universal's very lofty plans for the Dark Universe may have been a bit premature. The Tom Cruise film launched the studio's Dark Universe series.
In other words: While Universal's Dark Universe may not be dead yet, it certainly would be if Bride of Frankenstein were to flop.
'Universal Pictures is pressing pause on Bride of Frankenstein, the Bill Condon-directed remake of the 1935 horror classic. Universal had pre-production stopped, with "the crew has just been told to go home for the time being". Condon had been working on the script with David Koepp and sources say the script itself is in good shape but both Condon and Koepp feel more time was needed in reworking the story and vision that they both are aiming for.
"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have made a decision to postpone Bride of Frankenstein", Universal said in a statement to Deadline. "Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together", said the studio in a statement.
As Deadline reports, Universal is going back to the drawing board in terms of its approach to the film, but studio execs are not yet ready to pronounce it dead, altogether.
Originally, Bride of Frankenstein was supposed to start shooting on February 1 in order to meet the previously announced February 14, 2019, release date.