First Look: Aaron Eckhart's 'I, Frankenstein' -- WTF A Superhero Frankenstein?
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First Look: Aaron Eckhart's I, Frankenstein -- WTF A Superhero Frankenstein?

By Jay Stevens, Jr. | Trade News | August 24, 2012 | Comments ()


There have been countless adaptations of the classic novel by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein has been adapted so many times that it's even had its characters lifted into other settings. But now the latest version of the famous literary Monster himself into a role few would have thought possible; as an action superhero. Stop laughing; I am NOT making this up!

Aaron Eckhart plays the latest incarnation of Frankenstein's Monster. It would seem he did not in fact commit suicide upon a funeral pyre as was suggested at the end of the book but rather has gone on living for centuries right up into the present day. The Monster has adopted the surname of his creator and now going by the name of Adam Frankenstein. The name "Adam" being was what author Mary Shelley originally named the Monster (citing that he was Adam to Victor Frankenstein's Creator) before settling on no name at all. The physical depiction monster is allegedly "more closely adapted" to the original book in that he's supposed to look more like a patchwork being rather than the Boris Karloff image that many of us have come to recognize. Adam ekes out a living as a private investigator specializing in the suspected paranormal. He doesn't rely solely on his physically powerful body, but also as a skilled master of martial arts. Eckhart trained intensely for three months with two martial arts trainers to get in top physical shape and to be able to perform his own stunt fighting in the Filipino martial art of Kali.

The movie's story involves Adam becoming entangled in a familiar sounding plot as he finds himself in the middle of a war between two immortal clans. Who are these two clans? Death Dealers and Lycans? Not exactly. One side is primarily 'bad' creatures that wish to take over the world, the other side featuring creatures more associated with humanity. There are also rumors of appearances from other versions of well-known monsters including the Hunchback of Notre Dame a defender of humanity, the Invisible Man as a secret agent and Count Dracula as a mob boss. There are other demons and unspeakable creatures that populate this world, usually operating out of sight of human beings. Adam's plight in this includes being hunted down by some of these creatures. They intend to capture and reverse engineer the methods of his creation in an attempt to reanimate their fallen comrades. Adam wants to survive and also wants to prevent humanity from getting caught in the crossfire.

There's a very strong Van Helsing crossed with Hellboy vibe in that Adam is a trench coated, gun-toting monster who fight even bigger nasties. As for the Underworld references, well there's good reason behind that too.

Kevin Grevioux who wrote the story for Underworld and played the lycan warrior Raze, also penned the graphic novel the movie is based upon and co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Stuart Beattie. Patrick Tatopoulos, who directed Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans, directs this movie. Another Underworld veteran Bill Nighy has been cast as one of the film's main antagonists of a fallen angel. Given that gargoyles are tied into this I almost have to ask if there is something akin to "Doctor Who's" Weeping Angels involved. Other cast members include Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Aden Young and Jai Courtney. The movie is due in theaters on February 22nd of next year. One interesting note is the apparent lack of promotion for this movie. They have as of yet no trailer out, no real ad campaign and even their distribution studios nothing say about the movie. One would think a movie with the cast and above board staff it has would no that in this day and age you have to have a little but of information out there to get the word on the street.


Photos of Aaron Eckhart on set of I, Frankenstein


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(Source: Variety)

(Images via Beyond Hollywood)

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  • luckypete

    I was all on board for this movie...until I started reading about the dozens of other "monsters" who exist in the world. The concept alone would be fine, but I know the movie will screw the whole thing up and it will be worth no more than a late night popcorn viewing.

  • Carri

    Apparently there aren't any Dean Koontz fans here.

  • valerie

    I'm a little excited to see Patrick Tatopoulos directing again. He was a delight as a judge on Face Off (does Anybody else watch this?)
    That said, I'm surprised they didn't cast a bigger guy as Frankenstein but really hopefull that Eckhart can do something with himself other than hideous romantic nonsense.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    My roommate loves the Face Off. I might love it if they actually gave them the time to craft decent stuff. Though I've missed the first episodes of the new cycle.

  • Brown

    If we can accept a vampire killing Abe, we can handle a super hero Frankenstein.

  • $27019454

    John Wilkes Booth was a vampire???

  • Snath

    Every time a new movie or show or something similar comes out featuring this same type of supernatural story or characters, it makes me angry that Dresden isn't a movie yet.

    I think the show came out a little too soon and missed this current trend to the supernatural by several years. Imagine if it was redone now as a movie series!

  • littlelion

    Completely unnecessary nerd-out here: another problem with the Dresden show was EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. Change in tone, change of several important motifs throughout the book, overall just a smaller vision than what would be required to do the series justice. On that note, how excited are you for the "apocalyptic trilogy" that will end the series (in like six or seven books)?? Because I for one and VERY VERY EXCITED.

  • Snath


    It's going to be so amazing, though I'm still waiting to see how he gets out of his current position of slavery Winter Knightdom.

  • i kinda liked the dresden tv series and was sad it was cut so short

  • littlelion


    I can't words.

  • Snath

    Don't blink.

  • Jannymac

    FINALLY a use for Eckhart's jawline.

  • Go Aaron Eckhart! Been holding a lighter up since TDK (and yes, that smoking movie) and you almost made me douse myself with lighter fluid with Battle:

  • branded_redux

    No, it's pronounced "Eee, Fronkensteen."

  • zgaleazzi


  • wasn't your hump on the other side?

  • Anne At Large

    Do you also say "Froaderick"?

  • frank247

    Abbie. Abbie Normal.

  • dahlia6

    Its taffeta, darling.

  • Anne At Large

    Taffeta, sweetheart.

  • Gabs

    No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily.

  • hapl0

    If this can be slightly better than Dylan Dog than it's already a winner.

    Go Aaron Eckhart! Been holding a lighter up since TDK (and yes, that smoking movie) and you almost made me douse myself with lighter fluid with Battle: LA.

    In the words of CBale's John Connor: Cmonnnn!!!

  • $27019454

    I have a soft spot for Eckhart as well (that's what she said), and I'm perplexed by the casting of this, as he seems best suited to affable, slightly conflicted-but-somewhat-laconic-and-disheveledly-smokin-hot characters. But I'll certainly see this if only out of generalized monster curiosity and the fact that he will surely take of his shirt.

    Yay, movies!

  • hapl0

    Welcome to the club, Co-Prezzie?

    I'm just hoping to God! he'll lose his shit in this one although I have no idea bout this graphic novel and the character he's playing.

    He has the just the right amount of Tom Cruise scowling and Nic's batshit antics that made me fall so hard for him in TDK.

    You cant, you can't give in. YOU CAN'T GIVE IN!!! *goosebumps*

  • $27019454

    I don't (WON'T) see the resemblance between AE and Cruise/Cage. But then again I slept thru TDK (dont hate). But I see him as semi-Viggo-esque with a little bit of Mark Ruffalo thrown in. So, yeah. Totally fuckable.

  • hapl0

    First of all, with regard to "But then again I slept thru TDK" :

    I admit, it is acquired taste. For example, Nic's one, one freak out scene when he's showing the numbers to Mr. Blue in Knowing absolved that movie's God awful ending.

    Now, that's the power of the Cage.

    I can see the Viffalo in him.

    And I'll watch him fuck just to see what happens when the girl is about to give in.

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