Hollywood has numerous re-imaginings/re-tellings of Mary Shelley’s famous Romantic period sci-fi/horror novel, Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus), in some stage of development right now – including, a version being penned by Chronicle scribe Max Landis with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) attached to direct.
However, the first flick “inspired” by that classic tale of science-gone-wrong to hit theaters will be I, Frankenstein: an adaptation of the comic book written by Kevin Grevioux (who co-created the Underworld franchise with Len Wiseman), that could technically be considered a sequel to Shelley’s original work.
I, Frankenstein revolves around the Frankenstein monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), supposing the creature did not commit suicide following the death of his creator. Instead, he has survived on through to an alternate version of the present, due to a “quirk” in his genetic structure – a quality that makes him the target of two warring, immortal clans.
Besides Eckhart, who’s still most widely known for his turn as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, the cast bringing this Frankenstein-inspired tale to life also includes such fan-favorites as Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Jai Courtney (Spartacus), and Miranda Otto (the Lord of the Rings trilogy).
Check out the first photos of Eckhart in character on the I, Frankenstein set:
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Eckhart as Adam appears to possess some of the traditional Frankenstein monster qualities (specifically, the stitched-up face), though his combed hair and otherwise normal features make the character much easier on the eyes than his previous onscreen incarnations. That’s in keeping with what Eckhart told CS, when he spoke to them last fall about how his appearance and manner in I, Frankenstein will differ from most Hollywood representations of the iconic misunderstood monster.
“…[But] I think bolts came later. I’m not finding bolts in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein.’ I think all that sort of stuff is an invention of Hollywood. I don’t know where it came from. Even the lightning isn’t a big part of [her book]. ‘Frankenstein’ the book deals more with the subjective. The feelings of the creature and less about the making of.”
Between the likable cast and intriguing approach to the Frankenstein mythos, this project seems to have a fair amount of potential. Of course, the quality of the actual movie will depend largely on the execution by co-writer/director Stuart Beattie: a filmmaker with an overall pretty solid screenwriting resume (the first Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral, 30 Days of Night) blighted by a few less-impressive credits (Derailed, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
I, Frankenstein is scheduled to arrive in theaters around the U.S. on February 22nd, 2013.