When you think of the classic Universal Creature Features you think horror and the more we’re seeing of the new round of them the less horrifying they sound, especially when the director of the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has been tapped to direct ‘The Bride of Frankenstein.’ While the deal is still in the early stages, it looks like Universal Pictures has Bill Condon (‘Dreamgirls,”The Fifth Estate’) in mind to bring back this beloved horror monster.
This isn’t to say that with Condon’s credits that he’s never touched horror having previously directed ‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’ and worked with vampires in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Parts 1 and 2 – if you can call those sparkling things vampires. Not exactly the kind of films that inspire confidence in this ending up anywhere near the realm of horror from the original franchises.
That being said, Condon did include a partial homage to the 1935 James Whale version which starred Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff at the end of ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.’ If you can count a character turning another into a monster to save her life.
A bit of a stretch but it’s there.
While Condon does have a lot of actual quality work under his belt, none of it seems to fall into the category of an action horror film, so I hope he can make the transition work. Trailers for ‘The Mummy’ have been getting mixed responses for the reboot of Universal’s monster filled cinematic universe but will likely be helping set the tone for all of the projects which are to come.
There is no word if Angelina Jolie is still looking to play the part.
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