Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been adapted for film on numerous occasions – starting with a 1910 production in Denmark, Den Skaebnesvangre Opfindelse (followed closely by a U.S. production in 1912, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring James Cruz). Contemporary audiences will more likely remember recent adaptations including Mary Reilly starring Julia Roberts or the BBC mini-series Jekyll.
Now, producer Mark Gordon and David Ellison are preparing an adaptation of an upcoming Dark Horse comic, The Strange Case of Hyde. The comic, and subsequent film, cast Hyde as an anti-hero, fighting greater threats than he imposes – despite the fact he’s still a reckless monster.
The Strange Case of Hyde was written by screenwriter Cole Haddon (Thieves of Baghdad) and will be officially revealed later this week at Comic Con.
According to Heat Vision:
“Hyde is not a retelling of the story but seeks to give it a fresh take by making the split personality the center of a Victorian-era action-adventure that sees him go head-to-head against a historical villain.”
“Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn’t been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century. I’m excited to be playing a part in restoring him to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain.”
I’m not sure that I agree with the Haddon’s assertion that Mr. Hyde hasn’t been given his cinematic due, especially considering the fact there’s at least a couple other potential Jekyll/Hyde treatments floating around Hollywood right this second.
However, bringing a bid-budget Incredible Hulk-like anti-hero, minus the casting problems and franchise pressure, to historic Britain to fight legendary monsters definitely sounds like intriguing summer fun.
Source: Heat Vision