Scarlett Johansson will wear the star in The Bride of Frankenstein Update
If you were hoping that the next attempt to revive the Universal Monsters franchise would be fun, I have bad news for you. According to a Hollywood journalist, Scarlett Johansson was filmed in Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Sebastián Lelio. How should I ask? Here’s a summary: A woman created to be the perfect woman – the only obsession of a brilliant entrepreneur – rejects her creator and is forced to flee her limited existence and face a world that sees her as a monster. By running she finds her true nature, her incredible power and the power to transform herself into her own creation. And Johansson himself adds: It is high time the bride stepped out of the shadow of her male colleague and came to stand alone. Working with Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Shuker Blum, Sebastian and I are delighted to release this anti-hero classic and bring his story to life to reflect the changes we see today.
Okay, great. Because every time I look at Universal Monsters, I dream of taking a crash course in modern feminism before the fun becomes too much for me. If you’ve never seen the film before, there is no special role in The Bride of Frankenstein; she appears only in the end, her creation is the culmination of the monster’s bow. (Although the actress who plays it, Elsa Lanchester, appears very early in a very cool environment). The same can be said of the novel by Mary Shelley Frankenstein or the modern Prometheus, where the bride does not even come to life. I don’t mind making a film where that’s the center of attention; there’s a lot to do, and we can always assume that these monsters have survived, whatever their last apparent disappearance. And I’m sure Scarlett Johansson would be wonderful in this role, not only for her acting talent and beauty, but also for the on-screen presence the bride would have needed if she had risen. But to turn it into some kind of feminist striptease is completely wrong, and it ignores – like almost all attempts to reload the Universal Monsters – the heroes and their place in our culture. They’re not superheroes, they’re not a series of Republican adventurers. They are monsters, deadly, whose existence threatens us, and their humanity lies not in liberation, but in what will surely be dozens of queens of destruction! The synopsis seems to have been made to be Dr. Frankenstein’s wife from Stepford, and not to be the monster’s companion. In fact, the Frankenstein monster doesn’t seem to exist this time, much to the dismay of the leading mad scientist who wants to mate instead of create life. Although I should probably be grateful to them, at least this time I was honest with their intentions before I could check their favor. Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Shuker Bloom are also writing a new version of The Wolfman starring Ryan Gosling, so I think it’s a sign that I might miss it too (poisoned masculinity guaranteed).
Does this remake of The Bride of Frankenstein seem like a good idea to you? Are you a fan of Universal Monsters movies? Will Dracula’s women soon chase a stake through his heart and disappear with a single click? Keep us informed in the comments and follow the news of the films in Geeks + Gamers!