Aside from Dracula, Frankenstein is the iconic horror movie monster, spawning years of pop culture reiterations ever since British author Mary Shelley first brought the monster to life on paper. Although terrifying and complex, the creature's true appeal is his potential to make money - and a lot of it. As previously reported, 20th Century Fox is banking on this potential for its upcoming 2015 film, Victor Frankenstein, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as the titular scientist.
According to the official synopsis, the movie is told from Igor's perspective and explores how the hunchbacked assistant originally met and befriended a young Victor in medical school. Late last year, Radcliffe shed light on the project, stressing its unconventional approach to the tired tale - "tired" being the operative word - and its strong focus on the two main characters' friendship. Beyond his claim, though, there have been no promotional materials released by Fox to confirm what will set their film apart from its predecessors. That is, until today.
Obtained by Empire, Fox has released two exclusive behind-the-scene images of McAvoy and Radcliffe. While there's not much to glean from them, they do provide a relative idea of the film's overall costume design and dark tone.
Check out the photos below:
The not-so-good doctor looks incredibly focused and maybe even a little troubled in the first picture. Could this be the climactic, lightning-struck scene that enlivens his iconic creation? Or maybe just a trial run? The second picture shows Radcliffe and McAvoy sitting side-by-side with what appears to be a scorched or partially decomposed corpse behind them - possibly an experiment gone wrong? Needless to say, we're left with more questions than answers in terms of plot and the actors' ability to bring their respective, emotionally complex characters to life.
Though, after Horns, Radcliffe has certainly proven himself capable at playing a disfigured character in the supernatural/horror genre (read our Horns review). And with McAvoy's experience playing the telepathic Professor X in two X-Men films (so far), the actor should have no problem portraying another ingenious doctor. That being said, the acting is sure to be one of the film's main strengths - but, hopefully not its only strength.
With the sour taste of I, Frankenstein still left in our mouthes (proving that placing an "i" in front of a product isn't a sure-fire indicator of quality), Fox's monster flick begs the primary question: do we really need--or want--another Franken-film?
McAvoy certainly shows enthusiasm for the idea, explaining to Empire:
As much as the monster is [Victor's] creation, Igor is his creation as well. That was quite exciting. It's funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.
"Funny" is not usually a word associated with the Frankenstein tale. But as the focus shifts to Victor and Igor's budding "bromance", we could be in for a coming-of-age drama with hints of dark comedy. Now that would be different.
Victor Frankenstein opens in U.S. theaters on October 2nd, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox (via Empire)