"I’m a mega-fan of those old horror movies. Bride of Frankenstein is probably one of the greatest movies of all-time. I love that movie so much, and there are some things from that movie that I’m using in this new movie Dark Army. But I really want to do a James Whale-ish, modern day version of a monster movie that is about these characters. I finished the first draft of the script and I’m so excited about it! I’m literally on fire about getting this movie made as soon as I can. I turned it into the Dark Universe people last week and they loved it. Now it’s going over to the heads of Universal, so we’ll see."
That's Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig talking about what he clearly very much hopes will be his next project, a rebootimagining or something of the Universal Monsters called Dark Army. All I know about it is quoted above, so if you can piece it together better than I take a swing in the comments -- what I gather is it'll involve Frankenstein et cetera but set in the present and with some new Monsters too.
I have no idea what to think but in general I like Feig -- his upcoming rom-com with Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke called Last Christmas looks kind of a fright but A Simple Favor was way more fun than it had any right to be and we'll always have Spy and Bridesmaids. Would Dark Army be a comedy? He uses James Whale as his example and James Whale's movies were purposefully funny, on top of the frights. Maybe that's the route to go, instead of deadly deathly serious like Universal seemed to be steering with their much maligned Dark Universe moment.
On a side-note a happy belated birthday to the goddess
Elsa Lanchester, who was born 117 years ago yesterday!
Not a fan of bringing these characters to the present; I think they work best in their elements. The most important thing, the thing that Universal whiffed on with Tom Cruise's Mummy and (presumably; I never saw it), Luke Evans' Dracula, was ATMOSPHERE. That's why these movies worked; that's why they were so creepy. You can't turn them into superheroes, or action stars, or generic slashers. They need fog, and shadows, and gothic trappings. You can make an effective monster film set in the present era, I guess, but I'd argue that you can't do it with these particular characters.
If he's "literally on fire", he should probably deal with that before he thinks about making some movie.
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