With Universal Monsters relaunching all of their franchises we’ve just found out a bit of what writer David Koepp (‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’,’Spider-Man’) has in the works for ‘The Bride of Frankenstein‘! While he, of course, doesn’t give us the exact plot narrative, he does give us some of the overall story arc and character motivations for The Bride and does so in a way that makes it feel like a fresh take on the character. This all came up during the press tour for ‘Inferno‘ which he also penned and he really had some fun details to share about the draft of the script.
On the draft itself he says that:
“Yes, I wrote a draft of that that seems to have gone over very well, and I think they’re figuring out their whole universe and when it will go. They got a few they’ve got to work on.”
With strong female protagonists becoming popular in Hollywood, David was asked how he felt about contributing a new tale:
“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.”
Not only a stronger take on the character but already one that sounds like we’ll be having a strong female lead that will be fun to watch on screen that will have her be the focus of the film and not Frankenstein or his monster.
While he couldn’t share specifics he did tease future audiences that:
“How fun it is and how liberating it is. Narratively and stylistically to write a character who’s dead. She’s not a zombie. She’s a super-intelligent creature, but she’s dead, and that changes a person’s perspective.”
With all of the Universal Monsters being part of a connected universe he was also asked if this was going to be in line with the other Universal Monster movies or his own creation:
“You get some of both, and I think they’re figuring that out as they go. I was in touch with the other people who were making Mummy and in touch with Universal and getting a sense of what they’re doing, because they can’t be wholly different movies, but each one is characterized by the personality of its creature. So the stories are dictated by the creature. 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.”
Sounds like they are using a much more laid back version of how Marvel has been creating their own shared universe. At this time like many of Universal’s monster movies, there is no release date for the film.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ when it eventually is released? Are you excited for ‘The Mummy’ to kick off this new shared universe on June 9th, 2017 which will also star a female monster as the lead? Share your thoughts below!
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