Scribes Talk “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Van Helsing”

Universal’s attempt at building a classic monsters cinematic universe begins next year with “The Mummy” followed by several other remakes including “The Invisible Man,” “The Wolfman,” “The Bride of Frankenstein” and “Van Helsing”.

“Jurassic Park” screenwriter David Koepp did a draft of the script for ‘Bride’ and tells Collider this week he’s not sure when it’ll go forward:

“I wrote a draft of that that seems to have gone over very well, and I think they’re figuring out their whole universe and when it will go. They got a few they’ve got to work on…I was in touch with the other people who were making Mummy and in touch with Universal and getting a sense of what they’re doing, because they can’t be wholly different movies, but each one is characterized by the personality of its creature. So the stories are dictated by the creature…

It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve written in years because if you reimagine the Frankenstein story, it gets into so many issues of men trying to feel dominant over women. To create someone who then says, ‘You don’t own me,’ it becomes a tale of liberation. It was great. It was really fun, and I hope it gets going soon because I think it’d make for a great movie…

In ours, the Bride is essentially a sympathetic figure. This tragic, hunted figure. And obviously the Mummy is a very bad entity that must be stopped. That’s not us. The troublemakers are the ones who would try to control her. To answer your question, we’re all from the same tree, but different kinds of fruit. She’s not a zombie. She’s a super-intelligent creature, but she’s dead, and that changes a person’s perspective.”

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer meanwhile spoke with Cinema Blend about the new “Van Helsing” movie and confirmed it is indeed in the works though it’s still super early days as yet:

“It is right now. This is early in the process, and it’s evolutionary. I don’t know if that’s going to stay that way. But right now there is an absolute… there’s some cartilage that links it to other pieces, like The Mummy.”

For fans of the classic monster movies there’s also a treat today – a digital restoration of an original uncut trailer for director Rowland V. Lee‘s 1939 horror film “Son of Frankenstein”. The original nitrate print containing this trailer, which has alternate takes and deleted scenes from the film, had been considered lost for over 75 years.