Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Bride Of Frankenstein cut by Netflix but still alive

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Penelope Cruz could reportedly play the title role in Bride Of Frankenstein as the project seeks a new backer to finance it. 

Early this month we covered a story that claimed Netflix was backing a second movie based upon characters from Frankenstein. We know that Guillermo del Toro has a Frankenstein project set up with the company, and given the filmmaker’s existing relationship with Netflix we’d say that film is a safe bet. However, the other Frankenstein film that was being developed at the studio seems to have been shelved.

Industry insider Daniel Richtman has claimed (via World of Reel) that although the project (which is set to be helmed by Maggie Gyllenhaal) was set up at Netflix, the studio has elected not to move forward with it. “Netflix used the strikes to get rid of some projects including Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Bride which will now be shopped elsewhere,” Richtman states, seemingly confirming the existence of the project which is said to star Christian Bale as Doctor Frankenstein and Peter Saarsgard who featured in Gyllenhaal’s acclaimed directorial debut, The Lost Daughter. 

Richtman’s report also adds a key bit of casting information: the reveal that the title role of the bride has been offered to Penelope Cruz and that the film’s budget is believed to be around $80m. If Cruz’s casting is a done deal then an acclaimed director, a couple of star names and a very recognisable classic monster should be enough to get this one picked up elsewhere, we would have thought.

Once the strike concludes we hope to hear news of a deal fairly quickly so we can get this in front of our eyeballs as soon as possible. Could we be in for the release of two duelling Frankenstein films at some point down the line? That would certainly be fun and we’ll let you know as we hear more from each project.

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