You’d think that Universal was either (a) in some financial trouble that required safe brand decisions or (b) completely out of good ideas, but I have a feeling that they just see a market for bringing back all of their iconic monsters from back in the day, just because.
The latest notch on their belt will come later this year when Joe Johnston’s The Wolf Man, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, morphs into theaters on November 6th. By then, it is likely that they will already be in active production on another remake, a retelling of James Whale’s 1935 classic Bride of Frankenstein. THR’s Risky Biz Blog is reporting today that Universal and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment are developing the remake and are in talks with The Illusionist director Neil Burger. Burger and writing partner Dirk Wittenborn would pen the script.
Universal also has in development a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, which was gaining traction until it reportedly lost director Breck Eisner back in May (according to Bloody Disgusting). At the time, that sounded like a cool idea. As for this Bride of Frankenstein remake, I’m sure everyone’s instant reaction will be ‘boo remake!’ as always, but who knows — if we eliminate Neil Burger’s The Lucky Ones from our consciousness, the dude has made a good name for himself. The Illusionist was a solid thriller, solid enough to lead me to believe that he has some talent. And some talent plus some wicked practical effects and an engaging story could bring the Bride back to life in a good way. Then again, you just never know…
For now, please divert your attention to the trailer below for the 1935 version of Bride of Frankenstein.
What do you think of the prospect of a Bride of Frankenstein remake?