Okay, let’s face it, we are all disappointed that the attempt to revive the golden age of horror has not gone well.. Universal Studios has all but shelved the whole Dark Universe plan. However, the gem of “The Invisible Man” has shown that there is hope!
David Koepp (Jurrasic Park, Stir of Echos), who had a script penned for “The Bride of Frankenstein” remake, has told Collider :
“That was one thing I did during quarantine – I brought back Bride of Frankenstein into a place where I kind of always wanted it to be. Universal was very gracious to let me try again. Because they had geared up and shut down famously in the Dark Universe fiasco. Well, not fiasco, but disappointment. So I have a version now and they have a version that we all really like. I think they’re talking to directors now…It’s not the great big, $150 million extravaganza with giant movie stars. It’s not as scaled down as Invisible Man but much more reasonable, doable thing, with, I think, a really cool idea and it’s all present day.”
Stripping back the star studded plans of the Dark Universe may be the answer to the problems of remaking our favorite classic horror movies. Originally, “The Bride of Frankenstein” was set to star Angelina Jolie, but now the plan is to follow the path of lower budget/better script.
In speaking with The Boo Crew, Koepp revealed that his new script has a modern inspiration:
“It’s become the story of how are we extending our lives; can we create life, can we cheat death? It only gets more and more relevant over time. The big life extension work right now that’s being out in Silicon Valley is overwhelming, impressive and scary, and I feel like a present day version of that is begging to be made…The other thing is she is a woman who is not created but resurrected, and certain people feel ownership over her, and that almost too relevant today in the era of #metoo,” he explained. “What are her rights as a person, the person that exists, if you were dead? There are a lot of really interesting questions that are raised.
“Again, it’s horror effortlessly lending itself to metaphor,”
Personally, this was the Dark Universe movie I was most excited about so this is amazing news and you know we will keep you up t date here on horrorfule.com!