As we all know, genre TV shows are hot right now, and TNT is jumping into the fray by developing “Frankenstein”, a new series from Lionsgate Television and 1019 Entertainment based on the five Frankenstein novels by horror author Dean Koontz.
Per Deadline, feature writer James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son, Jake Hart, will write the project, a modern-day reworking of the classic Frankenstein mythology. It is set in present-day New Orleans and follows Victor Helios (Frankenstein) and his creation 200 years after they thought they killed each other in a battle in the Arctic. The creature has survived, and Victor has used science to keep himself alive – and they’re now in the same city unbeknownst to each other. Victor has engineered a new race of bizarre beings who answer to him, and when the creature learns that Victor is alive, an epic war ensues built on 200 years of pent-up rage, with New Orleans caught in the middle.
James Hart will executive produce alongside Koontz, whose books have sold more that 450 million copies worldwide, and 1019 Entertainment principals Terry Botwick and Ralph Winter. 1019 Entertainment acquired the rights to Koontz’s Frankenstein book series in 2010 for what was originally envisioned as a feature franchise series.
This is not the first time James Hart has tackled Frankenstein (although this will be his TV series debut); he has a story credit on the 1994 feature Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelley’s novel, which he also produced. Meanwhile, Hart credits his son, Jake, for coming up with the idea for the Peter Pan sequel Hook.
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