Wednesday, 13 January 2016

David Koepp writing new Bride Of Frankenstein

As Universal Pictures continue to slowly build their plans for a classic monsters based shared cinematic universe, the company is hiring more and more filmmakers to work on the linked projects. Now news arrives via Variety that screenwriter and occasional director David Koepp (Mortdecai) is the latest hire, signing on to script Bride Of Frankenstein.

We don't yet know exactly what sort of spin the new film will be putting on the classic story of the woman created to serve as a mate for Frankenstein's creature, as seen in James Whale's horror classic Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), which served as a sequel to the 1931 film that introduced the monster based on Mary Shelley's story. 

With Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) overseeing shared universe for Universal Pictures latest creature features (Kurtzman is also developing the first planned film, a new take on The Mummy), the studio is trying to lure Angelina Jolie Pitt (Maleficent) to star in and potentially direct the Bride Of Frankenstein film, and hiring a respected writer such as Koepp is certainly a step towards that. He joins the likes of Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), Eric Heisserer (The Things) and Noah Hawley (Fargo). 

Koepp might be busy trying to forget that he brought the world Mortdecai (2015), but he also wrote the script for Ron Howard's (Rush) latest Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, which arrives here in October.

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