Frankenstein by Guillermo del Toro?
Guillermo del Toro has been chatting about the possibility of making Frankenstein, and from the Frank Darabont script that was used for the Kenneth Branagh version starring Robert De Niro.
So at the moment it's just off hand chatter from del Toro, but it's interesting to note that after the success of the complete reworking of the Jekyll and Hyde classic in the superb television version of Jekyll, there's a similar reworking of Frankenstein coming to British television.
Now they are both totally unrelated, but it could help pave the way. Frankly though Frankenstein, I don't think we'll see another on screen version of this film anytime soon, even with del Toro behind it.
"...the script was great, the movie was a mess. You can't really judge the script based on what you saw on the screen. It got rephrased and messed with every inch of the way."
...and del Toro saying that Darabont was handled pretty meanly there.
Still, I don't think that Branagh's Frankenstein was that bad, and the problem lies, not with Branagh, but with whoever chose him as Director.
Branagh takes classic works and goes right back to the roots of the story, rather than doing some rework or reimagining, and brings them to the screen as the original creator would have intended. He's amazing at doing that, and has produced some wonderful films that way.
Now giving him a Darabont script, which would have reworked the tale I'm sure, just wouldn't have worked, one is pulling it forward and the other is pulling it back. Ultimately the Director would win.
I just can't see a lot of call for a Frankenstein film though, whoever is behind it. What do you feel about it?