Neil Burger Set to Bring Us a New Bride of Frankenstein
by Alex Billington
June 17, 2009
It looks like Universal didn't want to wait for Guillermo del Toro. Universal and Imagine are in talks with The Illusionist director Neil Burger to write and direct a remake of their 1935 monster movie Bride of Frankenstein. At one point, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini had written an updated take that set the story in contemporary New York, with a young woman dying and being brought back to life. Apparently Burger's version will differ significantly, however, we're not sure if it he'll still set it in modern times or not. Considering The Illusionist was a great period piece, one might assume he'll go period again.
James Whale's original Bride of Frankenstein, which again starred Boris Karloff as the monster and Elsa Lanchester as the bride, continued the story that began with 1931's Frankenstein. A monster, on the run from an angry mob, has a series of adventures, and also persuades Dr. Frankenstein to create a mate. The doctor is successful, but the bride (who is not a central character anyway) winds up rejecting the monster at the end of the movie. If there is anyone out there who might be a good fit for this (besides Guillermo del Toro), it's Neil Burger, and I'll be interested to see how it develops. So who could he cast as the monster?