The Bride of Frankenstein remake may have found a director

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Apr 14, 2017

Although the exact shape of the Universal Pictures monster universe remains fuzzy at this stage, the pieces are slowly starting to come together. According to Deadline, one of those pieces is director Bill Condon, who is in talks to direct the remake of The Bride of Frankenstein.

The 1935 original starred Boris Karloff in his second outing as Frankenstein's creation, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger and Elsa Lanchester as the Bride. Directed by James Whale, it has been called the best of the classic Universal monster movies and one of the greatest horror films of all time.

What makes Condon an interesting choice for this is that in 1998, he scripted and directed Gods and Monsters, in which Ian McKellen played a depressed and suicidal Whale as he looks back on his life during his final days. Several sequences in the film were flashbacks to the filming of The Bride of Frankenstein, for which Condon -- an avowed fan of Whale's picture -- lovingly re-created scenes from the movie (he also won an Oscar for his screenplay, based on the novel Father of Frankenstein).

Now he may have a chance to make his own Bride of Frankenstein, which is likely to be substantially different from the 1935 original. There's no word on whether Condon would also rewrite the existing script by David Koepp.

Condon is currently enjoying the billion-dollar success of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, which he directed, and has also been behind the camera for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, as well as The Fifth Estate, Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.

It's not clear when The Bride of Frankenstein could go into production or be released; so far only The Mummy is set to arrive this June 9, but films based on The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Creature From the Black Lagoon are all in various stages of development. If Condon signs up, that could put The Bride of Frankenstein on a faster track. Do you think he's a good choice to remake/re-invent this classic?