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?