Frankenstein films all the rage in Hollywood

Move over vampires! Frankenflicks are the new hot Hollywood property, with Deadline announcing the adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein.

The project already has Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Auburn signed on to translate the story of a young Victor Frankenstein to the big screen. The film will focus on the time when Victor begins experimenting with corpses and will include the character Mary Shelley – author of the original book Frankenstein and second wife to Percy Bysshe Shelley – whose outspoken poems are established as influencing Frankenstein’s experiments.

The film will be made under RT Features and Sam Raimi’s and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures. It will be one of at least five films circling production over the coming years, including a remake by Universal of the 1931 classic, with Guillermo del Toro and Scott Stuber attached.

Discuss: Do you think Frankenstein and his creature will be the next vampires, or is it a passing Frankenphase? 

3 Responses to “Frankenstein films all the rage in Hollywood”

  1. I was waiting for the inevitable Frankenstein remake. I highly doubt it will be anywhere near as popular as the Vampire character but I’m glad it’s getting some love seeing as Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy have all been touched. Awesome, I can wear my Frankenstein clothing to the movie showing – mwahahahahahahaha 😉

  2. It will be interesting. My guess would be no. The interests that have been happening in film over the last several years have been with vampires and a slew of Angel movies are in pre production. There is a sensuality and sexual tension to these stories that is absent in Frankenstien but I feel play a large role in the success of hte stories themselves. Frankenstien runs on a morbid fascination and introspection that is absent in the vampire movies and the coming Angel movies. These factors are in large a part the reason for their success. Having said that the under lying themes in Frankenstien and age old need to cheat death and the moral and ethical dilemmas that the story posess, if handled correctly, be make the movie successful.

  3. I think it would work if you treated the story like Predator. Because that is what essentially is the story of Frankenstein. It’s this cat and mouse game between Victor and his monster where they are constantly trying to out run and out maneuver each other, setting up traps and leading each other on all across Europe up to the Arctic circle. And what would make it really interesting is the fact that throughout the story you find your alliances changing. One minute you feel sorry for the monster then next minute you’re feeling for Victor. It would keep an audience on the edge of their seat.

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