Wednesday, 17 June 2009

It's a remaakkke!!!

I'm not normally opposed to remakes. Far from it, in fact. I just wish they were better than they inevitably turn out to be. But, having said that, there are some films that one really shouldn't touch. Citizen Kane. Don't Look Now (although, apparently, someone's trying). Psycho (I know someone remade that already, but that's my point).

I would add James Whale's Bride Of Frankenstein to that list which is pretty much a perfect movie in my humble opinion.

And yet Universal has been trying to remake it for a few years now. What with their new Wolfman coming in November, and a Creature From The Black Lagoon redo on the cards, it was a no-brainer that they'd get round to remaking Bride, a further piece in their attempt to resurrect their classic Universal Horror stable. (It could be worst, I suppose. They could have hired Steve Sommers.)

According to this article in Hollywood Reporter, Neil Burger, writer-director of The Illusionist, has come onboard to helm.

I wish him luck. I really do. Although, equally, I wish he (or rather they) wouldn't bother.


Gerard said...


I'm with you 100% on this. Bride is a desert island favourite of mine, too, and I really can't see a rehash working out well. Although when Guillermo del Toro mentioned his Frankenstein project was to incorporate story elements of Bride, I must say my interest was piqued...

(And, as a wholly uninteresting aside, I have the image you've used as my gmail chat icon. Well, same frame but from about two seconds earlier.)

Mark Salisbury said...

A Del Toro Frankenstein with a dash of Bride I wouldn't be averse to.