After first hearing about I, Frankenstein several months ago, a press release from Lionsgate now informs us that the project is moving forward with Aaron Eckhart in the lead. Based on the graphic novel by Underworld‘s Kevin Grevioux, it follows Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, who has survived to the modern day because of “a genetic quirk in his creation.” Ending up in a “dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.” As writer and director Stuart Beattie summed it up, “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.”
I’m looking forward to how Eckhart will pull off a character like Frankenstein — and, similarly, how they’ll portray him onscreen. The lumbering beast of James Whale‘s 1931 film deviates from Shelley‘s original novel; Frankenstein’s monster was still a hideous creature, but in a different sense than Boris Karloff‘s version. When everything is broken down, going in a somewhat different direction and not giving audiences entirely what they expect is probably for the best.
Lionsgate will be distributing the film for a release on February 22, 2013. Read the full press release below (via Deadline):
“Los Angeles, CA, October 7, 2011 – Aaron Eckhart will play ADAM FRANKENSTEIN in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of I, FRANKENSTEIN, commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, and writer of such films as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, G.I. JOE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and COLLATERAL), and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the UNDERWORLD franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.
I FRANKENSTEIN is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, ADAM, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. As writer/director, Stuart Beattie said, “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.”
“This story is all about what it means to be human, and there could be no more achingly human performance than the one Aaron gave in our own RABBIT HOLE. We are so excited to see what he will bring to this role.” said Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake of the production. “This is a wonderfully imaginative script and we are looking forward to seeing it brought to life by a talented filmmaker, and to bringing this story to our loyal genre fans.”
“We’ve tremendously enjoyed making our UNDERWORLD franchise films and we are looking forward to working with Stuart and our partners at Hopscotch and Lionsgate to create a new world for a legendary character,” said Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, adding “We know that Aaron, with his proven range, depth and intelligence, is going to make an iconic ADAM.”
Troy Lum of Hopscotch said, “We have wanted to work with Stuart on a big film in Australia and when we had the opportunity earlier this year to expand our relationship with Lakeshore on the creation of a potential franchise, it all came together.”
Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason (who produced Beattie’s TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN) and Richard Wright of Lakeshore are producing the film, with Hopscotch’s Troy Lum and Kevin Grevioux as executive producers.
Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Development and Production will be shepherding the project at the studio. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Wendy Jaffe, EVP Business & Legal Affairs for Acquisitions, and by Rob McEntegart, Senior EVP of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. Beattie and Eckhart are repped by CAA.”
Would you want to see a Frankenstein reboot with Aaron Eckhart? What do you think of the details released thus far?
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