Levy to deliver first Frankenstein?
There are a number of Frankenstein projects on the go just now and as usual when Hollywood leaps on an idea the ones that are there first are the ones that tend to get made and grab the glory, and so it's good news for 20th Century Fox who have a director assigned to their Frankenstein that already has a script ready.
Shawn Levy has been assigned the task of directing the script from the keyboard of Max Landis and he's landed the job from quite a strong crowd.
Variety describe Max Landis' script as a revisionist Frankenstein that is more of a science fiction story than the traditional story from Mary Shelley. This one is supposed to focus more on the themes of friendship and redemption, which is pretty far from the story of the original to be honest.
The original story is well known and has seen many incarnations, following that of the Doctor and his experiences of creating life and the massive consequences that come with it, of the creature itself and how it deals with being born into this world that doesn't understand him, and many other views on the same classic tale.
However it would appear that this new story is going to be taking a different tact, as are a lot of the other Frankenstein films that are coming. Universal, who were behind the original 1931 film, have Guillermo del Toro and Scott Stuber working on a new version; Lakeshore Entertainment has Stuart Beattie writing and directing I, Frankenstein; Summit Entertainment has This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein; Ghost House Pictures and RT Features have The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, and Columbia Pictures have Matt Tolmach working on a version.
So there's definitely a race to get a Frankenstein film going, but which of those sound the strongest? Certainly Levy has his work cut out for him if he's up against a Guillermo del Toro Frankenstein, not to mention Stuart Beattie's version.