Neil Burger Set to Bring Us a New Bride of Frankenstein

June 17, 2009

Bride of Frankenstein

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?

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This sounds stupid and they should feel bad for even thinking of this.

KenDoll on Jun 17, 2009


Not sure about this, I definitely have my doubts. But I suppose I'm a bit biased since I'm eagerly waiting for all Guillermo Del Toro films, including his proposed Frankenstein remake.

Travis on Jun 17, 2009


It's not the first remake of this film (Hammer Films, the one with Sting in it). Neil is a great director and I suspect it will be a period piece. I hope whomever is doing the screenplay will make an original twist to it and not just do a frame-by-frame remake. I am optimistic it should be a good film. Films have always been redone. Now if only someone will do a remake of Transformers II but make it a silent B&W film using stop-motion animation and release it a month after the upcoming one. THAT would be fun.

Lucien Desar on Jun 17, 2009


#1 i agree with you . sounds not good and feel bad .

led panel on Jun 17, 2009


de niro as the monster....

wm on Jun 17, 2009


i have a feeling they're seeing if wolfman does good to make the rest of the Universal monsters like period pieces.

wm on Jun 17, 2009


If it's a period piece, I know I'll love it. Whenever they "update" a flick, I just get the feeling they didn't want to spend the money, and they don't spend the money when they know it already bites.

B.Armitage on Jun 19, 2009


For the latest on this project, read an interview with Burger at

Jim Wolfe on Aug 26, 2009

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