Sony Making Contemporary Version of ‘Frankenstein’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 3:58 am,

Sony new Frankenstein movie Sony Making Contemporary Version of Frankenstein

Along with Dracula and The Mummy, Frankenstein (actually “Frankenstein’s monster”) represents one of THE classic movie monsters, made famous by Universal in the early 1930s.

80 years later there have been many-a-version of Frankenstein portrayed on the big-screen, in everything from the classic 1931 film starring Boris Karloff to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the latter of which was directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and starred Robert De Niro as the monster itself/himself.

Now we’re hearing word that one of the big studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, has decided to get back in on the classic movie monster scene – following the aforementioned De Niro version – as the studio is set to develop a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein tale.

Deadline reports the news that Matt Tolmach is at the center of a preemptive pitch deal to acquire a new take on Frankenstein novel, which was pitched by Craig Fernandez. Tolmach was until recently the co-President of Sony Pictures Entertainment but at the end of October he stepped down in order to make a multi-year picture deal with the studio as a producer (perhaps he wanted to be more hands-on with developing projects?). His deal starts with him producing the forthcoming Spider-Man reboot alongside Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin.

On a quick Spider-Man note – those waiting with baited breath for the rebooted version of everybody’s favorite web slinger will be happy to know everything is right on schedule as Deadline reports the reboot is set to start shooting in a few days. But I digress…

Fernandez, who pitched the new Frankenstein idea, will also write the script. His most notable credit is the upcoming DreamWorks Animation project Everything Must Go (not to be confused with the Will Ferrell indie comedy/drama of the same name), which is based on the series of Terry Pratchet novels entitled The Bromeliad Trilogy. Fernandez has also written the upcoming Lionsgate film Prada to Nada; The Courageous, based on Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous; and is currently adapting Octavia Butler’s novel Clay’s Ark, also for DreamWorks Animation.

There’s no real plot details on this new version of Frankenstein quite yet, only that it’s, “a contemporary version of the Marry Shelley novel.” By contemporary I think we can assume that means modern day, which I hope doesn’t mean the story will lose any of that classic spookiness. That old-fashioned feel of the Frankenstein story – which includes, but is not limited to, Dr. Frankenstein’s lab being in an old dank castle – ¬†is part of what makes it so effective. So if this version is going to contemporize things, I hope it doesn’t leave behind a big part of what made the story memorable in the first place.

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Boris Karloff and Robert De Niro as Frankenstein’s Monster

This isn’t the only version of Frankenstein that’s in the works: We also have Lakeshore Entertainment’s¬†contemporary fantasy, I, Frankenstein; an adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein book series; and last but not least director Guillermo del Toro’s much talked-about adaptation. What can Sony’s version do to stand out from the crowd?

Stay tuned for more details on Sony’s contemporary version of Frankenstein.

Source: Deadline

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  1. What’s the point?

    The fact that, in nearly 80 years, no one has managed to better the Karloff film should be a sign that this is a major waste of money.

    That film is a classic, it has great performances, great vision and direction, the design is superb. I can imagine many haven’t ever seen it, or have been put of because it’s black and white, trust me, watch it on your own in a dark room. There is something inherently disturbing about the film.

    • Dr S , I absolutely agree that the Karloff version is a classic and an all around superb film . I think that anyone who loves movies should check it out..

      I also feel that the Frankenstein story is one worth revisiting/re-imagining from time to time. I loved the Branagh/Deniro version ; I have read Mary Shelley’s book and it is an amazing story . Branagh’s version was far more faithful to the book than the Karloff film and as a fan of the book , I appreciate that.
      I think that there is room in the film world for variations on the Frankenstein mythos.
      I have read and LOVED all the Dean Koontz Frankenstein books. I am very excited to see Koontz’s version on the big screen ; I hope the fun of the
      ( Koontz ) books translates well to the big screen.

      • Well yes it is true that Brannagh’s flick is closer than the Karloff one, in fact Brannagh’s is so wonderfully gothic and beautifully made, I was never convinced by DeNiro in the role.

        • I have to concur with DSMs assessment that the original was the most successful in capturing the inherently disturbing atmosphere of Shelly’s work. Karloff was brilliant, and the chills start right from the git-go with the spoken introduction “Some of it may even horrify you…”

    • Don’t count out Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation, once you’ve seen Pan’s Labyrinth, you’d be psyched about it too.
      Though I’m not sure about Sony’s adaptation. The producers and writers look like they’ll make this into an intriguing movie. Who knows how a modern day take on Frankenstein’s Monster would go about.

      • I do think that del Toro is a genius film maker ; however , I thought Pan’s Labrinth was a dreary depressing pointless mess ( but I will admit it was very impressive visually ,so maybe mess is a bit mean ).

        I am still excited to see what del Toro can do with a Frankenstein movie , I guess his version just wont be at the very top of my must-see-list :)

  2. I thought they made a TV version of Koontz’s books because no one would make the movie??? I also loved the books.

  3. Being a fan of the Koontz’s extension of the Frankenstien story, Im looking forward to the tv series if it’s ever made. Turning the monster into the 200 year old wisened good guy and the doctor into the maniacal monster is an interesting story path.

    • I guess they already did but Koontz left the project halfway threw due to creative differences with the director


  5. I actually want del toro to make his version. If any version could ever top the original, it would be his.

  6. only certain director/producers make good films, and avi arad is not really one of them if this is done it will most likely be a action/3d film who wants to bet. i will wait for guilermo del toro to make the frankenstein film and i know it will be more of a horror film like it is suppose to be. thats whats wrong with film makers these days they jump on the band wagon of what everyone else is doing like 3d, or action crammed into westerns,lovestories,horrorfilms,comedies etc. a horror film is suppose to be scary, and have a little bit of action placed in it at the right moments not threw the movie to just keep things movine. we need story driven films with a great quality, and character development.