Timur Bekmambetov has been busy. We recently reported that the Wanted director was in talks to produce and direct The Last Witch Hunter, and now /Film tells us that he’s attached to The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. He’s already committed to producing the film, and the unconfirmed word on the street is that he’ll be directing as well. The story has been adapted by David Auburn (Proof, The Lake House) from Peter Ackroyd’s 2009 eponymous novel. Vespa Pictures (Nosebleed) optioned the book and partnered with Bekmambetov to adapt it for the screen. For more on the story, here’s a portion of the book’s official synopsis:
“When two nineteenth-century Oxford students–Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley–form an unlikely friendship…Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life…As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead…he makes contact with the Doomsday men–the resurrectionists–whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.”
Auburn won the 2001 Tony for penning Proof and with the praise Victor Frankenstein has gotten (Publisher’s Weekly reportedly called the book “A brilliant riff on ideas that have informed literary, horror and science fiction for nearly two centuries.”), how could the script not be great?
Given Bekmambetov’s penchant for thrills (he also directed the vampire flicks Night Watch and Day Watch), we could have quite the combination on our hands.
No word on when The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein will be released.