Considering that it’s one of my top thirty films of all time, I’m not happy about Bride Of Frankenstein being remade in the first place, but I’m even less pleased now that Bill Condon, director of two Twilight films and the astoundingly lazy [but sadly commercially successful] excuse for a remake that was Beauty And The Beast, is now going to be in the director’s chair. Okay, he did once make the rather better Gods And Monsters which was about the last few days of the original film’s director James Whale, but as far I can see he has hardly any flair for fantasy or even much in the way of style for that matter. In any case, it suggests that Bride Of Frankenstein will be the next film in the new Universal Monsters series after The Mummy.
Says screenwriter David Keopp about his script:
“I loved it. It’s one of my favorite 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… 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.”
Brilliant, [that was sarcasm by the way], a preachy, feminist version of the story where no doubt all the men are bastards. I can’t say that this makes me enthusiastic about this film one bit. Maybe if The Mummy turns out to be good [which I doubt] then maybe I’ll change my tune.