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Zombies and vampires are certainly fashionable in horror
cinema nowadays, but what about Frankenstein’s monster? Well, joining the many in-development
projects centering on Mary Shelley’s misunderstood monstrosity, Sam Raimi and
Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures and RT Features are producing an adaptation
of the Peter Ackroyd novel THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN.
Deadline got the exclusive on the CASEBOOK movie, which will be penned by
Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn. Ackroyd’s novel chronicles Victor’s
youthful days, his friendship with fellow student (and poet) Percy Bysshe
Shelley and Frankenstein’s anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead. Mary
Shelley will be a character in the film as well.
CASEBOOK joins several Frankenstein films currently
underway: Universal is developing a new version of the 1931 classic movie with
Guillermo del Toro (who discussed it with us here)
and Scott Stuber; Summit Entertainment is working on an adaptation of the
Kenneth Oppel novel THIS DARK ENDEAVOR: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR
FRANKENSTEIN (see story here);
and Columbia Pictures and producer Matt Tomach recently acquired FRANKENSTEIN,
a contemporary retelling of Shelley’s tale based on a pitch by Craig Fernandez.
And then there’s Guns ’N Roses guitarist Slash’s WAKE THE DEAD, a Frankenstein
tale based on Steve Niles’ graphic novel. The musician’s Slasher Films is teamed with
Scout Productions, with Jay Russell attached to direct.
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