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Scripter signs on for Universal’s new “BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN”

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As Universal continues its world-building plans to update its classic monsters, a heavy-hitter screenwriter has been tapped to create a new version of the studio’s most famous female fiend.

Variety reports that David Koepp will script the reboot of James Whale’s classic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which will be set in the present day and tie in with modernized takes on other favorite creatures. Reports indicate that the studio wants Angelina Jolie to take the role played by Elsa Lanchester in the original film and direct as well, though the actress won’t commit until the screenplay is completed (but will she retain Lanchester’s classic hairstyle?). Koepp wrote and directed the Richard Matheson-based ghost chiller STIR OF ECHOES and the Stephen King adaptation SECRET WINDOW, and his scripting credits also include Steven Spielberg’s first two JURASSIC PARK movies and WAR OF THE WORLDS, David Fincher’s PANIC ROOM, Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN and Brian De Palma’s MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. BRIDE joins a lineup of Universal remakes that also includes THE MUMMY, coming March 24, 2017, and THE WOLF MAN, slotted for March 30, 2018.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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