According to The Hollywood Reporter Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment are in talks with Neil Burger (The Illusionist) to write and direct a remake of the classic 1935 monster movie The Bride of Frankenstein. Universal is anxious to revive its library of classic monster movies. A new version of Jack Arnold’s 1954 Creature of the Black Lagoon is in development, and Benicio Del Toro is starring a remake of George Waggner’s 1941 The Wolf Man that is due out later this year.
The remake of Bride of Frankenstein has been in the works for quite some time. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who wrote the screen adaptation of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, came up with the idea of creating a contemporary version of the Bride of Frankenstein saga set in New York and centering on a young woman who dies and is brought back to life by unnatural means, but according to The Reporter, Burger’s version “is expected to differ significantly from that concept.”