It would seem the crazy antics of Victor Frakenstein is the story of choice for horror right now, with quite a few movies based on Frankenstein and his ‘creature’ either being talked about, planned ro about to begin filming, and with some really big names in horror involved, I felt it best to get it all down in one post. So, Frankenstein fans, read on and please, feel free to get excited!
Most recently announced was Matt Reeves’ project. Now, Reeves is already a very busy man, signing on the direct Vampire horror The Passage for Fox, and he will also be keeping an eye on things for the 8’O Clock in the Morning movie for Universal, a lose remake of John Carpenter’s They Live. However, not content with those films, and the planned Cloverfield sequel, Reeves has now made a deal to direct This Dark Endeavour for Summit Entertainment. The film will be based on Kenneth Oppel’s book, titled This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, which tells the story of Frankenstein looking for way to cure his terminally ill brother Konrad. He has to track down the elements which make up the Elixir of Life, while dealing with betrayals, danger and also a love triangle between him, his brother and their best friend Elizabeth. The book is set to hit sleves this Summer, and Mean Creek writer and director Jacob Aaron Estes has been signed up to develop the book into a screenplay. The book is the beginning of a planned series so, if successful (and why wouldn’t it be?) then there may well e a whole lot more to come from this Frankenstein project.
Next up is The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein which has been snapped up by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures. Based on a novel by the same name, written by Peter Ackroyd, the screenplay has been adapted by David Auburn. The fine will tread a fine line between period drama and horror, with it focusing on Frankenstein’s early days at Oxford University with Percy Bysshe Shelley. Frankenstein begins to experiment with reincarnation, and even starts stealing bodies in order to fuel his practices, until the perfect specimen floats down the Thames in a rowing boat. Classed as a witty philosophical/ historical/ horror story, it will involve the Doomsday Men, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Vampyre author Dr John Polidori. Sam Raimi will not be directly involved, but Robert Tapert will, and he was involved with the Evil Dead so that’s promising. No director is on board yet, although there were early rumours of Wanted and Nightwatch director Timur Berkmambetov to do so. FX wizard Rodrigo Teixeira (Alice in Wonderland, Superman Returns) will be taking charge of the FX, naturally.
Universal is planning a remake of the 1931 classic with Guillermo Del Toro involved, although it is not yet known if he will direct, produce or something else. However, anything with Del Toro’s name attached is worth getting excited about. More on this as we find out.
And lets not forget Frankensteins Army which was covered in the news here a little while a go. The film takes a new approach to the tale and bases the story around World War 2, Russian soldiers discover a secret Nazi lab where they are building an army of the dead to give the Nazi’s their one last push to try and win the war. With any luck, it should be with us by the end of the year!
Then there’s I, Frankenstein, based on a graphic novel where Frankenstein is the only thing that stands between man and an army of monsters wanting to take over the Earth. The film is set to begin shooting later this year.
And finally, three other studios have some sort of Frankenstein movie planned, the studios are Sony, Lakeshore Entertainment and Slasher Films. Now that’s a lot of Frankenstein movies!
By Matt Wavish