Producers Ralph Winter (the X-Men and Fantastic Four films) and Terry Botwick (some other stuff) are set to develop a modern day update of Frankenstein, based on the trilogy of novels by Dean Koontz. Three of the books have already been published, with three more to come. That’s set the producers up for a nice long franchise then. Maybe they can even split the last one into two?
A quick glance at Wikipedia tells us that the books revolve around Victor Frankenstein’s current activities, as he creates new creatures using “synthetic biology” – they are “bio androids.” He is being investigated by two homicide detectives, who have the aid of Frankenstein’s original creation. JoBlo adds that “this Frankenstein’s monster can teleport.” In case you hadn’t realised by this point, the similarities to Mary Shelley’s original book are scarce, which at least separates it from other adaptations.
The idea sounds a bit crazy, and I guess I’d have to see it executed – but it all still sounds a bit…not great. Could be something a bit “fun” but I’m not sure it’ll be anything more. I’m just gonna carry on waiting for Guillermo del Toro to return from The Hobbit and blow these takes on the classic Universal monsters (I, Frankenstein and Dracula: Year Zero) out of the water, with his own adaptations of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
Variety were the first to snag the story.