David Koepp will write Universal’s remake of “Bride of Frankenstein” as the studio continues to make strides in forming its new monster universe.
The film is part of the studio’s endeavor to expand and unify a network of classic monsters led by narrative architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Like so many of its current monster movies, plot details are under wraps. “Bride of Frankenstein” is set in the present day in order for the film’s characters to have cross-over capabilities with other monster movies.
Universal’s exec VP of production, Jon Mone, and VP of production, Jay Polidoro, will oversee the project for the studio.
Sources tells Variety that Universal wants to offer Angelina Jolie Pitt directing and starring gigs in “Bride of Frankenstein.” The studio has had their eye on Jolie Pitt for some time, but she will remain undecided on whether she takes on the project until a script is delivered.
Koepp’s relationship with Universal dates back to the 1990s when the studio assigned him the job of penning the first “Jurassic Park.” He has helped launched other major franchises since then, including “Mission: Impossible” and “Spider-Man” with Tobey Maguire.
Koepp most recently penned the next Robert Langdon pic, “Inferno,” which bows next fall with Tom Hanks returning to star as Langdon. He is repped by CAA, and Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP.
Universal’s plans to usher in a cinematic universe situated around its most iconic monsters have been met with unease by critics and fans alike. Do we really need another interconnected movieverse flooded with crossovers and sly winks to other in-house brands? Whether the idea of rehashing the finest creatures to hit celluloid excites or dismays you, take solace in some good news. The ball is rolling on Bride of Frankenstein, which as of today, has Jurassic Park scribe David Koepp attached to write the screenplay.
Koepp’s work adapting the Michael Crichton novel in 1993 was superb, and gives an indication of the type of Bride we might see. Although, when we’ll see it is entirely unknown at this point. Universal’s new stream of monster flicks is set to kick off in 2017 with The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman who together with working partner Roberto Orci is overseeing the entire Monsters Universe. Other titles announced include Van Helsing, The Wolfman and Creature From The Black Lagoon.
While Bride of Frankenstein hasn’t received a formal press release from the studio, it’s not exactly a secret that it’s in development. Recently, Angelina Jolie’s name was thrown into the mix regards to directing and starring in the movie. There’s no doubt that she’d make a brilliant Bride, but we won’t know for certain if she’s interested until the script is completed, reports Variety. With a screenwriter now attached though, we can look forward to hearing more on this monster caper in the coming months.
Universal is really swinging for the fences to bring some star power into their Classic Monster-Verse and get it off the ground in a big way. First they landed Tom Cruise for THE MUMMY, and now it looks like they're really pressing hard on Angelina Jolie Pitt to help steer BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
Jolie's name has been floating out there as the primary target for Universal for awhile now, but the studio has gone and hired David Koepp (JURASSIC PARK, SPIDER-MAN, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) to pen the script in the hopes of striking the right chord for Angelina to sign on. According to Variety, Universal very much wants to give Jolie whatever she wants in order to both star and direct in the reboot, but she is waiting to see if the scrit measures up before she commits.
Angelina Jolie Pitt sounds like an excellent jumping off point for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and, if Universal can manage to bring her in, then that's quite a coup to kick off their Universe. It's simply going to be a matter of if the films deliver... but, on paper at the very least, they're doing their best to assemble quite the team to do it well.