With Universal currently developing a new shared monster movie universe, now comes an update on what we can expect from the studio’s upcoming new take on Bride of Frankenstein.
David Koepp, best known for Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, is the man tasked with writing this redo, and he’s now explained that this new Bride of Frankenstein will be brimming with social commentary and look at the concept of men trying to control women.
Speaking to Collider, Koepp explained, “It’s one of my favourite scripts I’ve written in years because if you reimagine the Frankenstein story, it gets into so many issues of men trying to feel dominant over women. To create someone who then says, ‘You don’t own me,’ it becomes a tale of liberation. It was great. It was really fun, and I hope it gets going soon because I think it’d make for a great movie.”
He then added, “How fun it is and how liberating it is narratively and stylistically to write a character who’s dead. She’s not a zombie. She’s a super-intelligent creature, but she’s dead, and that changes a person’s perspective.”
The original Bride of Frankenstein was released way back in 1935, seeing Henry Frankenstein pushed into creating a mate for his famed monster. At the last take, Universal was chasing Angelina Jolie to star in and direct this new interpretation of a longstanding classic.
This new Bride of Frankenstein will be part of a shared universe that began with the Luke Evans-starring Dracula Untold and will continue next March with the Tom Cruise-headlined The Mummy. As well as those films, the studio has Johnny Depp signed up to star in a new The Invisible Man, Javier Bardem is wanted to play the monster in a new Frankenstein, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being sought to play The Wolf Man, and Russell Crowe, who has a mystery role in The Mummy, is believed to be Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
On making this Bride of Frankenstein effort exist in Universal’s shared monster realm, Koepp enthused, I was in touch with the other people who were making Mummy and in touch with Universal and getting a sense of what they’re doing, because they can’t be wholly different movies, but each one is characterized by the personality of its creature. So the stories are dictated by the creature. In ours, the Bride is essentially a sympathetic figure. This tragic, hunted figure. And obviously the Mummy is a very bad entity that must be stopped. That’s not us. The troublemakers are the ones who would try to control her. To answer your question, we’re all from the same tree, but different kinds of fruit.”
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