del Toro on Frankenstein and The Hobbit
At a premiere for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Guillermo del Toro has been talking about two upcoming projects. He spoke about the plans for The Hobbit, and also who he imagined as Frankenstein in his version.
Frankenstein will be on hold until after The Hobbit but it hasn't stopped him dropping a name. Guillermo del Toro's version of Frankenstein would be something to see.
Guillermo del Toro first mentioned a Frankenstein film in late 2007, with the plan being to use a Frank Darabont script. One that was the basis for the film starring Robert De Niro. It's never gotten up and running, but del Toro says he is slowing developing it. And he has an idea for who could play Frankenstein:
For the monster I would love to have Doug Jones. I think he can do a fantastic job. Ron looks seven feet tall in Hellboy, but he's not. I think we could do that with Doug, but I would love to do it with him. The only vision of the Frankenstein monster I've ever latched onto is Berni Wrightson's. He's lanky and long and it's gorgeous in a tragic way. Doug has all of those qualities
Whether or not Jones is given the role won't be known for a while I guess. But del Toro has plans for a different take on the story.
I think it's going to have to be developed very carefully over the next four years. Look, I would never attempt to recreate the Whale Frankenstein, but I do think there is an alternate story that could be told about the Frankenstein mythos. It's more like a fairy tale, a strange, weird fairy tale
del Toro was talking to shocktillyoudrop through Coming Soon. He also talked to Sci Fi Wire about The Hobbit films, and pointed out he may not film them back to back. And that if he can't make a decent second film, there just won't be one:
We believe there is a second movie. If there isn't, there will not be. If we find it, we will shoot it, but by God, if we do not find it, we will not shoot it. I am anxious to shoot the book, and I'm willing and able to dedicate myself to shooting [the second film]. It is too early right now to say.
He also confirmed what we know, that there will be a bit of creative license with the second film. But that it's too early to know how it will be done:
Four books are in the domain of the copyright, and there are appendices and ideas and things that can be traced without risk, but I have to be careful not to overstep.We believe there is a way to create this film and make it interesting, but it's too early.
Frankenstein will probably be on hold until after The Hobbit, I'm pretty sure he'll come up with something crazy though. So what do you think of Doug Jones as Frankenstein, good choice? Is there someone else better suited? Should he even be attempting a second Hobbit film?