Hollywood has a serious case of Frankenstein fever (among other things...) and is pressing ahead with yet another project inspired by Mary Shelly's famous sci-fi/horror novel: I, Frankenstein, an adaptation of the comic book written by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux.
The film has a writer/director onboard, in the form of Stuart Beattie, the co-writer of the first Pirates of the Caribbean and G.I. Joe movies - as well as sole scriber of Michael Mann's Collateral and a script collaborator on director David Slade's horror comic book adaptation, 30 Days of Night.
Aaron Eckhart will headline I, Frankenstein, which is not actually a re-imagining of Shelly's iconic story. Instead, it's a semi-sequel which supposes that Victor Frankenstein's famous monster did not commit suicide as it vowed to do, following the death of its creator in the original novel.
Here is how the plot of I, Frankenstein is described in the official Lionsgate press release:
I FRANKENSTEIN is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, ADAM (Eckhart), has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Does anyone else think "Frankenstein meets Highlander" after reading that description? Moving on...
Eckhart is easily one of the most consistent leading men currently in the biz. Whether it's his famous turn as Harvey "Two-Face" Dent in The Dark Knight, a grieving father in last year's Rabbit Hole, a charming cigarette spokesman in Thank You for Smoking, or his breakout role as a cruel misogynist in... In the Company of Men, you can pretty much guarantee that Eckhart will deliver the goods - as far as his performance goes. So that bodes well for his turn as a misunderstood monster in I, Frankenstein.
With Real Steel helmer Shawn Levy actively pressing ahead with his own spin on the Shelly story - and Matt Reeves attached to bring the prequel tale, This Dark Endeavor, to the big screen - it won't be long before most moviegoers are thoroughly sick of hearing about Frankenstein-related films (if they're not already...). If nothing else, at least Beattie's I, Frankenstein won't have to overcome the generally-rampant skepticism that tends to surround any film that has been dubbed a reboot/remake/re-imagining.
On that note: Beattie has written some pretty effective thrillers that boast gritty action and gruesome horror gore alike, so that too is a good sign - with respect to the potential quality of I, Frankenstein. However, he is largely untested working as a director, though, and has never helmed a tentpole project like this before. Whether Beattie can rise to the occasion and deliver a fascinating sci-fi/horror flick here... well, that remains to be seen.
I, Frankenstein is now scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on February 22nd, 2013.
Source: Lionsgate (via Deadline)