Dean Koontz’s ‘Frankenstein’ Series Headed to the Big Screen

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

dean koontz frankenstein Dean Koontzs Frankenstein Series Headed to the Big Screen

From the trendy teenage vampires of Twilight to the savage R-rated horror of The Wolfman (see our review here), it seems that everywhere you look in Hollywood these days you will find studios looking to cash in on classic movie monsters. Is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the next classic monster tale to see revived interest from movie makers?

There are already a couple of Frankenstein films on the horizon, such as Lakeshore Entertainment’s contemporary fantasy I, Frankenstein and director Guillermo Del Toro’s Frankenstein, but now we can add one more adaptation to the list. According to Variety, producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick are bringing Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series of novels to the big screen through their production company, 1019 Entertainment.

If you’re unfamiliar with Koontz’s take on Frankenstein, which began in 2005 with his book Prodigal Son and is expected to end with a sixth and final novel in 2012, here is a brief blurb on the plot from the Variety article.

“[The story] places the doctor — a socially prominent and successful businessman — and his super-human original creation Deucalion in modern-day New Orleans…The story centers on a pair of street-smart detectives who encounter Deucalion while investigating a murder, leading them to a bizarre array of “engineered” humans.”

Interestingly, this isn’t actually the first time that Koontz’s modern sequel to Frankenstein has been filmed. A quick search of IMDB reveals that in 2004, prior to him writing the first novel in the series, Koontz worked with USA Networks on the development of a cable television series based on his ideas.

Because of creative differences with USA, Koontz decided to walk away from the project and the TV series never ultimately panned out. Before he left however, Koontz allowed USA to produce a made-for-television film of his concept as long as his name wasn’t attached. Here’s another fun factoid for you: The man who directed the made-for-TV Frankenstein flick was none other than Marcus Nispel, who is in the process of remaking Conan.

Anyway, now that the trivia is out of the way, let’s hear what you think. Does the plot of Koontz’s Frankenstein story sound appealing? Of all the Frankenstein films coming out, which one seems the most interesting?

Source: Variety

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  1. Ok, this interests me greatly. I've read the first three books (I'm a HUGE fan of Dean Koontz and his works) and if this can be brought to the big screen without turning it into some sort of cheese-fest I'll be there on opening day.


  2. Well, I admit I've read all these books so far. If done right, they would make some excellent movies. I think his books lend themselves well to the big screen, because the plots are usually relatively simple and straightforward. Hope they pull it off!

  3. I haven't read the books, but they do sound interesting. Perhaps I will pick them up. I'm not sure if three Frankenstein films being released is a good idea. It is overkill like all the vampire flicks and television shows lately (which is so annoying IMO). Since this film is set in modern times, it has more appeal to me, and Koontz is a great author. I suppose I should start reading more …damn work and kids taking up all my time!

  4. I've read the entire trilogy. Great take on Frankenstein's monster. I was hoping someone might option it as a movie. Such an original version. Hopefully they won't just use Dean Koontz's name and the title of the book and nothing else. It's a engrossing story as written.

  5. I am really looking forward to this………I hope they do it right!!

  6. I would love to watch a decent movie about Frankenstein, hopefully that's gonna be it.

  7. I'd like to see how it'll turn out. I've been a Koontz fan since the early 2000s and I've read the first 2 of the Frankenstein books.

  8. I am hoping that the movie will stay true to the books. These are great books and the story is wonderful. I can hardly wait

  9. eh idk about this…maybe they would have better luck with Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas then Frankenstein.

    • If you don’t know about this, then you have not read the books. If they follow the books well, it would be awesome to see them in movies.

      • My thoughts exactly!

  10. eh idk about this…maybe they would have better luck with Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas then Frankenstein.

  11. I pray to god that they don’t mess it up like the production company that did Angels and Demons, The De Vinci Code, Inc Heart, and others messed up those movies. They need to stick with the original works and the original writer of the book to make it to the fans expectations. Lets just face it, we have high exceptions for movies based on books because we love our books just how they are. If they skip things, or change any bit of it, I, for one, will be pissed. So what if the movie is longer then 2 and 1/2 hours, people didn’t care back in the day when Gone with the Wind was 4 hours long. I personally want my book made into a movie that tells it how Dean Koontz intended it to look in the mind of the reader…

  12. Absolutely loved the books, and kudos for the historical Mary Shelly reference. I hope, in this case, there are multiple movies as well, since the story m moves so far in print and is always shortened for the time constraints of the big screan. On the other hand, I can see a lot of areas being expanded on as well. Either way, you have my attention…

  13. I’ve read Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein and I have to say that the series is fabulous. The original novel by Mary Shelly is my personal favorite book and I thought that the way Koontz handled the series was very ingenious and refreshing. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen the 2004 movie based off of Koontz’s idea for the novels. It was… uncomfortable to watch. They just breezed through the story leaving out key information and unnecessarily changing things. Despite this unpleasantness, I believe that if they faithfully follow the novels, it can result in one of the greatest sifi movie franchises of all time.

  14. i am a huge dean koontz fan and have about 98% of his books, i have read the 5 frankenstein books and was completed blown away by them.
    i watched the 2004 film 2 nights ago and althought things were missed out and it was a bit slow in places, carson and micheal were exactly like i imagined and victor was just what i expected, brought out in the movies this series would be massive.
    big thumbs up from me

  15. Oh Hell YES !!! I have 2 chapters left in Book 4 & Book 5 is right next to my bedside lamp rearing to go :) & the whole way through reading these books I’ve been saying out loud (much to my families dismay) Someone just has to make either a movie or TV Series on these books ! I am in awe of Dean Koontz, he is an absolute literary genius that’s one thing I know for sure. One thing they would have to get the characters ‘Spot on’ I think some of the readers should get a vote in the casting choices, kind of like a ‘Feedback Panel’ perhaps? I would happily do it for free :) Anyway that’s my 2 bits !!

  16. I didn’t know that the novel had been made into a movie. Has the next novel been made as well?

  17. ok please tell me that dean is going to put these books into production any updates?

  18. If it’s true, then it’s the best news I’ve heard for a long while, GO DEAN.

  19. Best news that I have heard for a long while, GO DEAN.

  20. The heart of the main characters is the novels is inspiring. Can’t wait for deans theatrical version. The USA pilot was too dark, that is not the nature or the tone of the books.

  21. I look forward to watching all three movies. But to be honest, what excites me the most is the fact that Koontz wants to make another efford in making a movie out of his series. I fell in love with the series in book form and I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz ever since. Good luck to you, Dean, I look forward to watching that movie, that’s for sure!

  22. I was lucky enough to be given a few books by Dean Koontz and have read and enjoyed them all. The Frankistain books I read 3 and 4. At the time not knowing it was seres . But a movies would be great. There are so many bad scripes out there and movies to go with them. Having Kootz book will hopefuly lead people to want to read more.

  23. Absolutely, Koontz’s Frankenstein. No question! As long as Jocko is included. My favorite character.

  24. Hope this happens!!! These are the best books ever!!!!

  25. I saw a Brother Odd movie and it was like a cheesy B rated T and A film. If they are going to do the same thing with Frankenstein, forget it. The stories are to valuable to allow a hack to produce a third rate movie out of it.