First Look: Aaron Eckhart's I, Frankenstein -- WTF A Superhero Frankenstein?
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
I, Frankenstien Poster
Clever Movie Clip
(Images via Beyond Hollywood)