Universal is bringing back its monster universe. As someone with undying love for everything monsters and Halloween, this is a project that excites me probably even more than the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I said “probably”!).
Said universe includes The Mummy, Wolf Man, Van Helsing, creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, and Invisible Man. It also includes Dracula, but that is Dracula Untold and I don’t think you want to talk about that.
There can’t be a Universal Monster Universe without Frankenstein and the creature, so the studio is looking for their next Frankenstein (my eternal fight with the world: Frankenstein is the doctor, the creature is… the creature. But apparently the studio doesn’t care). They have set eyes on Academy Award winner, Javier Bardem.
According to Variety, Bardem is in talks to star as Frankenstein in this rebooted universe, though it is unknown in which movie he would first appear in. While Bride of Frankenstein is a confirmed title, sources indicate that Bardem’s character could appear in another monster movie first with the possibility of a spin-off afterwards. Talk about connected universes.
The most recent take on the tale of Frankenstein and the creature was that of Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein, which gave us a different take on Mary Shelley’s story. I’m a passionate defender of Frankenstein, and it gets on my nerves that there hasn’t been an adaptation that stays loyal to the literary source (you almost made it, Kenneth Branagh, and then you blew it. Why?).
Victor Frankenstein won my heart even though it’s nothing like the book, but it still kept the essence of it, which is the exploration of human cruelty.
Bardem can do anything, and the world knows it. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to play either Victor or the creature (how crazy/interesting would it be if he played both?!). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him to be the chosen one for this movie.
This reboot will most likely follow the line of the 1931 classic Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, but I’m not losing faith on the writers seeing the light and making an adaptation as close to the source material as possible.
We will keep you posted regarding further details on Bardem’s involvement in this Monster Universe.
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