Max Landis's Frankenstein has been described as a sci-fi spin on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption.
Other Frankenstein projects around Hollywood that involve the classic monster include Haley Joel Osment, set to star in Wake the Dead, a modern-day horror take based on Steven Niles' graphic novels, which appeared to put the Jay Russell-directed project at Slasher Films out front. There is also an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein" from Ghost House Pictures, and a contemporary take from Columbia Pictures and Matthew Tolmach.
The original followed Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), an ardent young scientist, and his devoted assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye), a hunchback, piece together a human body, the parts of which have been secretly collected from various sources. Frankenstein's consuming desire is to create human life through various electrical devices which he has perfected.
No production date has been set but Fox to wants to make haste in its production due to all the other projects surrounding Frankenstein in Hollywood.
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