‘Push’ Director Now Helming ‘Frankenstein’ Retelling for Fox

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 15th, 2013 at 12:04 pm,

Shawn Levy, director of Date Night and Real Steel, is officially off of Twentieth Century Fox and Davis Entertainment’s Frankenstein retelling. Now set to helm the project is Paul McGuigan, know for his directorial contributions on such films as Push and Lucky Number Slevin. 

Levy reportedly wanted to make a big blockbuster rendition of everyone’s favorite  monster tale, while Fox wanted to be a little more mindful of budget. After formally being confirmed as off the project, Levy is now working on The Internship, starring Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, which is set to release in 2013.

Max Landis, known for his screenwriting on Fox’s Chronicle, wrote the screenplay for Frankenstein. Fox and Davis’ version is said to be a sci-fi take on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel, highlighting Landis’ themes of redemption and the strength of friendship as its backbone. Keeping with the recent tradition of countless adaptations based off one original story, Ghost House Pictures and RT Features are said to also be tackling their own versions of Frankenstein. Details on each endeavor have not yet been confirmed.

Working within the confines of a small budget appears to be an easy feat for the trio of Landis, Davis and Fox. The group only had $15 million to bring Chronicle to fruition, which released earlier this year and went on to gross $100 million worldwide. It came as no surprise that a Chronicle sequel would thereafter be given the green light. It is not confirmed yet if Josh Trank, director of Chronicle or Max Landis will take part in the sequel, but given the success of the first, it’s not hard to imagine.

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Monsters, vampires, zombies, werewolves and many other unworldly creatures have been brought to life in film for decades. The original concept of Frankenstein, as told in Mary Shelley’s novel, follows the misadventure of mad-scientist Victor Frankenstein. The Dr. Frankenstein creates an artificial man which doesn’t quite satisfy his vision, and therefore rejects it, only to learn later that the monster escapes and embarks on a ploy of revenge. This story has been explored through tones both serious and comedic, and it will be interesting to see what kind of world that McGuigan will create.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Fox’s Frankenstein film as more news comes in.

Source: Variety

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  1. Do we really need another retelling of Frankenstein!

    I think not, it’s been done to death, and the best version was Young Frankenstein, followed by the original Karloff version.

    • says you.

      • Yes, I do.

        So why not give your own opinion instead of being an ass!

        • I did(see below)
          You know why its been done to death, because its a good story, about death and some people (me) would enjoy an updated version(if its good).
          Itd be better than all these crap ghost/demon possession found footage horror films.

          • Thank you for expressing your opinion which is all I was doing. To my way of thinking I considered ‘says you’ as a personal attack, I’m entitled to my opinion as well as you.

            It’s alright if you don’t like my opinion, I don’t always agree with yours either but I wouldn’t think of putting something I would consider as a personal attack, everyone here has a right to an opinion and not everyone sees things the same way as you. You want to see another Frankenstein, I don’t.

            Let’s just leave it at that.

  2. Levy reportedly wanted to make a big blockbuster rendition of everyone’s favorite monster tale, while Fox wanted to be a little more mindful of budget. After formally being confirmed as off the project, Levy is now working on The Internship, starring Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, which is set to release in 2013.

    • Yes, and???

    • yes,we know the same stays in the report. ??????

      • Dammit Ron! Do you have to type everything you see on the teleprompter! lol.

        But seriously, good post Margaretta. Intrepid reporting.

  3. If its anything like The Wolfman(2010) I will definitely go see it as I love monsters, especially the universal classics as long as it looks good and gets the tone and atmosphere right. I just wonder if the monster will be like that of boris karloffs or the one of the actual novel.

  4. I wonder – will this be the answer to my prayers…
    or just Van Helsing 2?

    • they won´t make this failure again,that would be too dumb. i think the aera of those too cheesy or campy movies is over.

  5. Also, didn’t I also see Eckhart in make up, cast as a version of Frankentstein’s monster recently? Any one know what the title of that one was?

    • I, Frankenstein, but thats going to be a very different movie.

      • Ah, thank-you muchly.

    • same thoughts. the title is – i franfenstein-. the source is a comic with same title and they´ve made a very cool make-up which looks exactly like the comic version.

  6. I wonder if this film will bother to try and capture some of the darker themes of the novel…?