There’s something about an enduring monster, isn’t there? It seems like Dracula and Frankenstein’s creature are constantly at battle (take on that idea, movie-land), fighting their way to the top of the filmmaking heap. Next up will be an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s (Underworld) graphic novel, I, Frankenstein. The twists and turns on original stories can be quite compelling; if any of you were lucky enough to have seen Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller doing Nick Dear/Danny Boyle’s stage interpretation of Frankenstein, you know what I mean. So, with all the pieces finally coming together, this film is practically guaranteed to kick ass. Here’s why:
5. The (second) Source Material, Grevioux’s Comic:
Grevioux has brought the creature into the modern world; because of a genetic mutation, “Adam” has survived, been brought into a dark city setting and finds himself in the middle of a “centuries old war between two immortal clans.” The comic also brings in other horror characters, including The Invisible Man and Dracula (each with their own mythology to explain their modern day presence).
4. Patrick Tatopoulos’ (Underworld, I Am Legend, Stargate, They) Artwork:
3. The Original Source Material (and Grevioux’s obvious respect):
Saying that he’s inspired by literary origins and classic horror films (House of Frankenstein), Grevioux prefers to take his interpretations in a serious direction (rather than silly or campy) and he honors Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (the monster) as “the first sci-fi piece that ever existed.”
2. Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End/Dead Man’s Chest, “Doctor Who”) as a Demon Prince? Yes, Please.
(Variety says Nighy is in negotiations.)
1. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Rabbit Hole, Towelhead) as Adam:
You can muck up his face, but the talent shines through. “If you read Mary Shelley, the monster had deep, deep feelings and he was obsessed with living people and loving life, but he was given nothing but the gristle of life and that’s where his rage comes from.”
Socratis Otto (“The Pacific,” X-Men Origins: Wolverine has also signed on and I, Frankenstein starts filming in January, with an expected release date of February 22, 2013.
Cindy Davis likes to look for (at) the man behind the monster.