Timur Bekmambetov Doing His Own Take On Frankenstein

By Katey Rich 2010-03-29 22:40:58discussion comments
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Timur Bekmambetov's schedule has been in flux lately, after Universal put the stops on a Wanted 2 rather than go forward without Angelina Jolie. Now the Russian director has apparently figured out what he wants to do next-- Production Weekly reports that the director's next project will be an adaptation of Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, the novel by Peter Ackroyd that posits some supernatural adventures between poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and a researcher named Victor Frankenstein.

And while that might make for a seriously awesome college comedy, what Ackroyd has in mind is a lot more supernatural. Here's a description of the book dug up by Coming Soon:

When two nineteenth-century 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 twenty-first century.

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