Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monster Movies are Alive Again! (And Penn's No Longer a Stooge)

It’s aaaliiiive!!! The big-wigs at Universal and Imagine are remaking 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein. They’re eyeing Neil Burger, who directed and wrote The Illusionist starring Edward “Don’t-call-me-Ed” Norton, to direct and write this new version of a classic. The original was directed by James Whale and starred Boris Karloff as the monster and Elsa Lanchester as the bride. Believe it or not, this remake has been a long-simmering discussion in Hollywood. About five years ago, there were talks about setting the film in contemporary New York. That idea was, thankfully, scrapped. But one thing's for certain: the Bride will be a babe. "She'll be young. They're looking for a person with great power and sex appeal," a Hollywood insider told Page Six. "Someone along the lines of Scarlett Johansson or Anne Hathaway."

Bride isn’t the only classic monster movie being brought back to life. Universal is also developing a new version of 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, and later this year it will release The Wolf Man, an update on the 1941 film, starring an appropriately cast Benecio del Toro. Seriously, did they even need any makeup for that one?

And speaking of Benecio, he was set to co-star with Sean Penn in that Three Stooges remake we were telling you about. But as it turns out, Penn has pulled out of the project citing personal reasons (i.e.: A marriage that's been on and off more times than a light switch). Wonder who'll replace him...

1 comment:

Robby Cress said...

I wonder who they'll get to replace Penn or if the whole project will get shelved for a few more years?