Now this is news that has us grinning from ear-to-ear. Being huge fans of Night Watch, Day Watch, and even Wanted, the thought of director Timur Bekmambetov getting behind a property that we’re even bigger fans of (in this case Frankenstein) has brought us to a near fatal horror geekgasm!
According to Production Weekly Bekmambetov is now attached to direct David Auburn’s pitch based on the Peter Ackroyd novel Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. Check out the book synopsis below for an idea of what to expect, and look for more on this one soon!
“When two 19th Ccentury Oxford students–Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley–form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world’s most accomplished and prolific authors.
This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist. As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor’s purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men–the resurrectionists–whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
Filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the 21st Century.”
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