In case the upcoming sci-fi Frankenstein, the heroic Frankenstein fighting supernatural creatures, and Guillermo del Toro’s eventual adaptation weren’t enough for you, there’s now another film version in the works. These “trends” in Hollywood are getting disgustingly out of hand.
A twitter post by Production Weekly reveals that Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted) is going to develop a film based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. Ackroyd is well known for his attention to detail with regards to Victorian London, and I’d hope that Bekmambetov would manage to transfer this atmosphere to the screen. Night Watch or Wanted aren’t exactly going to give us an indication of whether he’ll successfully convey England in the 1800s though…
The plot is the most similar to the original Frankenstein, out of the three we’ve received confirmation of recently (excluding del Toro’s one). Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the notions of creation and life after his religious beliefs are challenged by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and begins trying to bring bodies back to life – at some point becoming tangled up with a group of resurrectionists who put him in “great danger.” Writers from the period crop up throughout the place, such as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley (author of the original novel).
While I’m not sure how suited Bekmambetov is to the project, this is by far the most exciting out of this, I, Frankenstein, and the Dean Koontz adaptation (despite the fact that the film industry is now officially in a Frankenstein overload). It’s the sort of take I’d rather see, if done right, as opposed to 3D-CG-filled-meaningless-action-stuff. Which is what the other two might well end up being. I’m gonna pray Timur doesn’t turn this into one of those.
And The Hobbit‘s been delayed enough times already – can’t someone free Guillermo and let him get on with cool stuff like this?