I can’t say I cared much for the 1996 Marlon Brando starring version of The Island of Dr Moreau, but I was certainly intrigued by the ideas. A mad scientist is performing experiments where humans and animals are being merged to create some bizarre monsters, and while John Frankenheimer’s 1996 adaptation was awful, there have been many other versions.
Most notably is the 1932 version called, The Island of Lost Soul, which was directed by Erle C. Kenton. I haven’t seen it, but it is widely regarded as the best version of H.G Wells’ novel, but Warner Brothers have plans to make a new version of the story, and bring it bang up to date.
Warners will be working with Appian Way, the production company run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. They have hired Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy to adapt the script. Shipman and McGreevy both wrote and produced the recent Netflix series, Hemlock Grove, and both are writing the screenplay for Zorro Reborn.
Deadline reports that this version of The Island of Dr. Moreau will be a contemporary re-interpretation of Wells’ original material, and while it’s keeping the sci-fi theme, they’re also going for something with a “topical ecological message.”
Synopsis for the H.G. Wells book:
Shipwrecked, Edward Prendick is rescued by a passing boat bound for the island of Doctor Moreau. After a fight with the vessel s captain, Prendick is forced to go ashore on the island, where his curiosity compels him to seek the truth about Doctor Moreau s gruesome experiments. This gripping science fiction novel by H. G. Wells explores themes of cruelty, morality, and man s abuse of nature.