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Bride of Frankenstein

That’s right, Universal is resurrecting the Bride of Frankenstein. The remake, which has been in and out of development for the past dozen years, is back in development under the writing and direction of Neil Burger. Burger wrote and directed the Ed Norton and Jessica Biel magician period piece The Illusionist, and the Tim Robbins and Rachael McAdams Iraq War drama, The Lucky Ones.

This remake joins the Creature from the Black Lagoon, which is in development, and The Wolfman, which hits theaters in early November. Creature is being helmed by Breck Eisner, who directed the action flick Sahara and is also helming a remake of the cult horror film The Crazies. The film has had just as many stop and go moments as Bride and I would not be surprised to see it go down again. The Wolfman however, has been finished for a while. I saw footage of it at Comic Con ages ago.  Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) directed the film with Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman (perfect casting IMHO), along with a very talented supporting cast that includes Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The make-up effects look fantastic and with music by Danny Elfman, I am genuinely excited for the horror remake. Anyone that knows me knows just how much I hate remakes.

I’m not sure how I feel about a Bride of Frankenstein remake. The Illusionist was a good film and Burger has shown that hes an actor’s director.  A similar style that Burger used in Illusionist could work well with Bride.  It just feels wrong to make this remake without remaking Frankenstein first to establish the world. Bride is very much a continuation of the monster’s story. Are they going to merge the two films together? Or will they start from scratch, throwing out everything we know and just using the film’s name? Chances are, it probability will never come to life.

Remakes of horror icon George Romero’s films can go either way; there have been some awesome reinterpretations (Dawn of the Dead), along with a lot of horrible remakes/sequels (Day of the Dead & Day of the Dead 2: Contagium). Well, we’re about to get another remake, so let’s cross our fingers that it is a good one.

The Crazies, which was written by Paul McCollough and George A. Romero with direction by Romero, is a cult horror classic. Released in 1973, the original focused on a small Pennsylvania town where a man-made virus is released that causes an outbreak of insanity and death, forcing the military to fight and contain it.

According to Variety, George Romero will act as an executive producer on the remake, which will be directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara) from a script by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar. The new film takes place in Kansas, where a mysterious toxin causes the outbreak of “Crazies”. They are expected to lens early next year for a 2010 release.

Posted on October 8th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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