As we told you yesterday, there are four new Frankenstein films on the way from Ghost House Pictures, Summit, Universal, and Columbia. Now it looks like Summit is pulling ahead of the pack as it’s just signed both a writer and a director for its adaptation of Kenneth Oppel’s novel This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.
Per Deadline Let Me In director Matt Reeves has been signed by Summit Entertainment to direct This Dark Endeavor with Mean Creek writer/helmer Jacob Aaron Estes writing the script. Oppel’s novel, which comes out this August, is the first of a series to be published by Simon & Schuster.
Reeves, who also directed Cloverfield, adds This Dark Endeavor to two other projects he’s working on. He signed recently to direct the Justin Cronin vampire novel The Passage for Fox 2000, and he’s got a deal at Universal to write and direct a film based on the Ray Nelson short story “8 O’Clock in the Morning” about a man who awakens with the realization that aliens are all over the place and control society. Estes just completed The Details, the Tobey Maguire/Elizabeth Banks-starrer that sold to The Weinstein Company in a big deal at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
That’s a lot on Reeves’ plate so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how this all pans out. In the meantime check out the synopsis for This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein below, and keep it here for more as it comes.
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library, where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.
Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrad’s life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.