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Horror Icon Revived For The 21st Century: Dean Koontz’s ‘Frankenstein’ Coming To A Theater Near You

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The last adaptation of Frankenstein was the drippy non event, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, in 1994. Even though it featured top talents like Robert Deniro in the title role, it suffered from a major case of split personality disorder. Much like the more recent misguided reboot of The Wolfman, it couldn’t decide whether it was a sappy drama or an outright horror film. Producers hoping to relaunch Frankenstein in a new movie are hoping to avoid those pitfalls, starting by avoiding the Mary Shelly source material altogether.

Writers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick are ready to begin filming their adaptation based on Dean Koontz‘s bestselling Frankenstein series, which is set in modern day New Orleans. It will be the first major release for 1019 films, which was formed the by the writers themselves. In a statement they said about the project:

These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theaters for many years to come.

Of course they seem optimistic at this stage, although they should probably look at the failure of The Wolfman to see how not to relaunch a horror classic. The lesson is pretty simple though; namely, don’t spend $150 million on a script with major problems. Not that that’s ever stopped Hollywood before.

[Variety]

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