Interesting news out of the ordinary today. Alex Kurtzman, speaking to Den of Geek in a recent interview, say the script for Universal’s upcoming Bride of Frankenstein reboot is brilliant:
“David Koepp wrote a brilliant script. A brilliant script with a very unique structure and a central relationship that I think is gonna be relatable to a lot of people while also being very true to what I believe people love about Bride. Here’s the weird thing about Bride Of Frankenstein. It is one of the weirdest movies you’ll ever see in your life. It is such a strange film. What amazes me is that the bride doesn’t show up until, what, the last ten minutes of the film? Doesn’t say anything, rejects Frankenstein, he pulls a lever and the building explodes and that’s the end of it. It’s not like she has long monologues, it’s not like you get to know her character, it’s not like she goes out into the world. There’s almost no screen time with her.
“And yet everybody remembers the iconic look, the hair, who she was. Articles have been written, there’s Halloween costumes. It’s an enduring character because there’s something mysterious about her and that look, and the idea that she was created to serve another man. Which is gonna be an interesting thing to tackle in this day and age. It might be something we subvert in our film. It will be really interesting to see where we go because I actually think that Bride is maybe a lot more accessible as a character than you may think. Mostly because she’s not really a character yet based on the original Bride Of Frankenstein.”
Kurtzman has spent the last few years working to establish Universals’ Dark Universe, which now includes reboots for Dracula , Van Helsing, The Wolf Man , The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon , as well as The Invisible Man , starring Johnny Depp as the eponymous character. The next installment in the Dark Universe, though, is Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster .
My take: it had better be something extremely special to work, but again, as I said before, I like the idea of dusting off these really old scare films and trying to remake them for modern, jaded audiences. But did they hire the write guy I’m no fan of his Star Trek and Transformers reboot material at all. I find his take on matters juvenile and specious. Perhaps Kurtzman has learned something since ruining those two latter franchises.
What’s your take?