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Sounds like Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein is following in the footsteps of Penny Dreadful

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Universal’s new shared monster-verse is continuing ever-onwards, whether we want it or not.

We have got Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella starring in The Mummy, which seems to be the new beginning of the series. I gather Universal are no longer having Dracula Untold as the starting point as that is never mentioned. There has also been talk that Russell Crowe will be Dr. Jekyll, Javier Bardem may be Frankenstein’s monster and Johnny Depp is rumoured to be The Invisible Man.

Universal have got writers working on screenplays for The Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, and The Wolfman.

It also seems that The Bride of Frankenstein will happen before Frankenstein, but that could change.

David Koepp is writing the script for The Bride of Frankenstein and spoke about how it is a tale of liberation.

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.

How fun it is and how liberating it is. Narratively and stylistically to write a character who’s dead. She’s not a zombie. She’s a super-intelligent creature, but she’s dead, and that changes a person’s perspective.

You get some of both, and I think they’re figuring that out as they go. 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. 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.

It all sounds great, but the Penny Dreadful TV show already covered all of that with Billie Piper’s character, and they did it very well. However, there does seem that Koepp is emphasizing the fun element, which again makes me worry that Universal are forgetting that these need to be horror films.

Hopefully the first trailer for The Mummy will give us an idea of the tone they are going for.

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Source: Collider

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