Universal Studios has caught the remake/reboot bug, and they’re running with it. First there was news of their in-production remake of The Wolf Man, starring Benicio Del Toro, directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III), who replaced One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek.
Now, they’re going back to the classic monster movies of the 30s, with a remake of 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein, about Frankenstein’s monster persuading the good doctor to create a woman to share his miserable, hounded life. The ending of the film is actually a favorite of mine — we’ll see if they keep it. As of right now, Ropes of Silicon is reporting that Neil Burger is in talks to direct.
Burger’s a solid choice, who achieved decent success with 2006’s The Illusionist. It’s a remake that I’m not in a tizzy over, since it’s a 70+ year old movie that could be done well, assuming they don’t focus on effects, and instead concentrate on the dynamic of a lonely creature who desperately just wants someone to love him, instead of chasing him with torches and pitchforks.
Of course, Universal Pictures makes me nervous as hell — the last time they went to the classic monster well, we ended up with one of the worst genre films ever made, the disastrously awful Van Helsing, which basically skullfucked every classic monster in cinematic and literary history. I suppose as long as they make sure Stephen Sommers doesn’t even enter the same time zone. Although, Kate Beckinsale would make an excellent Bride, considering she’s basically a talking doll anyway. Hey-O!
God, Van Helsing sucked.