Bride Of Frankenstein

Universal’s shared monster universe is really starting to come together, with The Mummy serving as the Big Bang some time in 2017. There will, of course, be a Wolf Man and Frankenstein in the monster melee, which will set up Van Helsing as their frenemy. But if these developments have all pointed to a rotting sausage fest for you, rest assured that there will be at least one female protagonist in one of these movies. Bride Of Frankenstein, the 1935 sequel to Universal’s Frankenstein, is also getting the remake treatment from the studio.

Although its release hasn‚Äôt been slated just yet‚ÄĒthere‚Äôs no word on whether Universal will follow Marvel Studio‚Äôs ‚Äúphasing‚ÄĚ plan‚ÄĒthe reboot has already been written by Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp. That‚Äôs according to Collider‚Äôs interview with the writer, who‚Äôs currently out stumping for the Tom Hanks-led Inferno. Koepp says he‚Äôs already submitted a draft that‚Äôs ‚Äúgone over very well‚ÄĚ with Universal; he believes the studio is now just ‚Äúfiguring out their whole universe and when it will go.‚ÄĚ He seems to really dig the treatment himself, telling Collider that it‚Äôs ‚Äúone of [his] favorite scripts.‚ÄĚ

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What seems to have Koepp so jazzed about the whole thing is his idea to repackage the Bride as a symbol of ‚Äúfemale liberation.‚ÄĚ (That will hopefully include giving her an actual name, instead of referring to her solely by her relationship to a man, er, monster.) The scribe says revisiting Frankenstein just highlights the ‚Äúmany issues of men trying to feel dominant over women,‚ÄĚ presumably by just digging one up and arranging her marriage. Koepp‚Äôs excited to ‚Äúcreate someone who then says, ‚ÄėYou don‚Äôt own me,‚Äô‚ÄĚ which could be a reference to the Bride‚Äôs rejection of Frankenstein‚Äôs monster near the original film‚Äôs conclusion. And Koepp‚Äôs written her as a ‚Äúsuper-intelligent creature,‚ÄĚ but one who we must remember is dead, which ‚Äúchanges a person‚Äôs perspective.‚ÄĚ We assume that means she‚Äôll want to make up for lost time with her family, but Koepp could really go anywhere with that.