Universal’s Monster’s universe didn’t get off to a very good start but after a reshuffle, things are looking to be back on track. Since Paul Feig jumped on board of ‘Dark Army’ to write and direct little details were known about the film but Feig has finally opened up about his ideas.
The story is based on an original idea from Feig but whilst not giving away too much, the filmmaker has revealed to Coming Soon he wants to bring back some of that classic ‘Frankenstein’ vibe.
“Horror movies to me now represent slasher and that kind of thing, which I don’t enjoy at all. I loved those old movies like ‘Frankenstein.’ ‘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. What I love about monsters is they’re outsiders, it’s just the most extreme version of outsiders. Frankenstein is one of the most sympathetic characters ever to be put on the screen, even though he does terrible things. He’s just looking for acceptance and love…I want to bring that ookie spooky feel back to movies, but with these monsters, you root for and understand at the same time.”
Feig and Laura Fischer will produce through his Universal-based Feigco Productions. The screenplay has been submitted to the studio but it’s still waiting to be greenlit.
After a disastrous start to the Dark Universe with the Tom Cruise led ‘The Mummy’, Universal dropped the idea of an interconnected universe. Universal are now favouring filmmaker passion that has connective tissue to Uni’s Classic Monsters legacy which will see Leigh Whannell’s ‘The Invisible Man’ kick-start the monster universe. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions take the gauntlet to push things forward with ‘The Invisible Man’. Having Whannell on board to write, produce and direct the reboot.
Feig has been responsible for the likes of ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Spy’, ‘The Heat’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and most recently ‘A Simple Favor’. He next takes up the helm on the Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding led ‘Last Christmas’ which features a number of George Michael tracks including a new song and a cameo from Michael’s Wham partner, Andrew Ridgeley. His upcoming products include a producer credits on ‘When Michael Met Carrie…and Other People’ for Universal and the Stella Meghie-directed romantic comedy ‘American Princess’ starring Issa Rae for 20th Century Fox.