Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe will kick off with this weeks release of The Mummy, the first in a series of reboots featuring the studios line-up of classic movie monsters. One of the projects being developed for the new cinematic universe is a reboot of Bride of Frankenstein with Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon helming the film from a script by David Koepp. In an interview with Den of Geek, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman shared a few new details on the Bride of Frankenstein reboot and discussed the iconic status of the titular creature.
Kurtzman revealed that reboot will present a relationship between Frankenstein and the Bride that will be relatable to modern audiences.
“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.”
While commenting on the Brides iconic status, Kurtzman discussed why the very concept of the titular character will be an interesting topic to explore today.
[…] 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.
Personally, Bride of Frankenstein is one of the greatest horror films and sequels ever made, so if the film is going to expand on the themes of the original film instead of just rehashing them, consider me cautiously optimistic towards this reboot.
The Dark Universe will begin to take shape when The Mummy hits theaters this Friday.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe.
The Mummy will be released in theaters on June 9, 2017.
Source: Den of Geek