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The earliest seeds of this shared monster universe have been laid. Letís take a moment to run through everything that we know about the creatures at the forefront of the movement Ė and the creators who will attempt to bring them back from the cinematic dead.
Candyman helmer Bernard Rose is the latest filmmaker wanting to take a crack at bringing Frankenstein back to the big screen, but do audiences want to see a modern updating of this classic monster movie?
Universal is ready to make a hard push with their lineup of classic monsters - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy - and are planning a series of films that will all be linked together within a cohesive world. Shepherding this experiment will be Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, which isn't a big surprise if you know the two writer's backgrounds.
Presumably, this is basically Medical School Frankenstein, with only lip service paid to the fact that the doctor will end up creating a monstrosity. While this is a departure from what we know about the classic tale, it is more in line with the Mary Shelly book, which detailed the moral, ethical and philosophical struggles of the doctor.
20th Century Fox is in the midst of setting things up so that they will have new comic book projects continually coming out over the next few years. In addition to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be coming out this May, the studio already has their Fantastic Four reboot scheduled to come out next year, and X-Men: Apocalypse set for 2016, but now they've officially added three more big titles to their own developing Marvel cinematic universe.
The one newcomer this weekend, I, Frankenstein, couldn't generate enough electricity to bring a Frankenstein monster to life, much less draw in audiences. The bizarre action/horror entry crashed in at sixth place with just $8 million against its $65 million production budget.
20th Century Fox has some big stuff on their upcoming slate, from a new David Fincher film to the story of the Bible, and today they've announced a crop of new release dates for some of their projects.The studio has not only officially dated both Gone Girl and the feature film version of the miniseries The Bible, but has also shifted around both the animated Book of Life and and the James McAvoy/Daniel Radcliffe-starring adaptation of Frankenstein.
Downton Abbeyís Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Branson nee Crawley) will join forces with X-Men: First Classís James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier) and Harry Potterís Daniel Radcliffe (The Boy Who Lived) for a Frankenstein reboot that is sure attract the attention of fanboys and fangirls from all over. Come for the stars; stay for the WTF-factor.
You know how there are all these rumors about how Tom Cruise hires co-stars who are willing to slouch or who are also vertically challenged so he doesn't look so short onscreen? Those are the kind of crazy lengths you have to go to when you're a very small A-lister, but James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe have come up on a much easier solution-- find short actors you like, team up, look totally tall in comparison to each other onscreen
Director Guillermo del Toro seems to be very excited by the prospect of working with Benedict Cumberbatch. As we reported back in April, the two men are set to collaborate on the gothic haunted house movie Crimson Peak, which will be the filmmaker's next project, but apparently that just isn't enough for del Toro. Not only does he want Cumberbatch for his ghost story, he wants him to play the lead in his version of Frankenstein.
When it was announced earlier this month that 20th Century Fox had officially announced a release date for their upcoming version of Frankenstein, it was a clue that the production is finally ready focus on putting all of its pieces together in order to get ready for cameras to start rolling.
Prepare thyselves, for Hollywood is doing some major moving and shaking today with its release calendar. Not only has 20th Century Fox announced new dates for four of their upcoming features, we also have learned when you'll be able to see one of the most talked about films of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Last fall, there was talk of Daniel Radcliffe eying a role in Paul McGuigan's revisionist take on Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. Months later, word is, the Harry Potter star is in final negotiations for the Fox film. Assuming everything goes as reportedly planned, this would add to the actor's growing list of darker projects, and also feature adaptations of popular novels.
It's a good week for monster movies, with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie reviving a lot of the screen's classic spooks, and Universal celebrating its roster of creatures with a centennial celebration in Los Angeles, a monthlong retrospective called Monstrous Centennial: Universal's Legacy of Horror
Since the last of the feature adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series wrapped up, we've seen Daniel Radcliffe head into darker territory with his starring role in The Woman in Black. And among his upcoming projects, he'll star in the feature adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns. There may be a pattern developing her involving dark roles and book adaptations because it's being reported that Radcliffe has his eye on a starring role in an adaptation of Frankenstein.
Last fall, this last project looked to be on its way to production with Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy set to direct. However, Now Levy's off the project and Paul McGuigan, who has directed four of six episodes of the acclaimed mini-series Sherlock, has entered into final talks to helm.
With series 2 of Sherlock airing now on BBC America, and anticipation for Star Trek 2 ramping up every day, Benedict Cumberbatch is about as big a rising star as they come. And while Hollywood keeps calling him and keeping away from the theaters where he started making his name
Frankenstein fans will appreciate the extensive amount of research Landis has done into the character. His remarks about watching all the Universal and Hammer Studios incarnations of the character as well as reading the original Mary Shelley novel demonstrates a sincere passionÖ for winning an argument with a friend.
Levy is able to take on the assignment because his planned remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage has been put on hold for the time being. As we reported, the director is lobbying hard to cast Will Smith in the lead role of a scientist who is reduced to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a diplomat. Itís unclear why Fox would balk at the idea of casting Smith in anything, let alone a sci-fi action thriller with Levy, a proven talent, at the helm.
Shawn Levy's commitment to Fox's remake for Fantastic Voyage has been on the rocks as of late. Last Thursday it was said that the director was thinking about bailing on the project unless the studio would greenlight his plan to cast Will Smith as the film's star. There hasn't been any update on the project since, but while Levy waits he's contemplating making a science-fiction film of another variety.
When you've got so many similar projects in development at the same time, it becomes a kind of an arms race when only one winner is possible-- it's very rare that we wind up with situations like the one between Universal and Relativity Media, as each works on their own Snow White story
If you haven't yet heard that Frankenstein is the latest monster trend to crop up in Hollywood, don't worry-- none of these movies have actually gone into production yet. But if you also can't keep track of all the different Frankenstein movies in development out there, don't worry about that either
Hollywood does its best to keep us commoners in the dark about a lot of things, but itís easy to see trends as they pop up in the industry
There's no more information in the Deadline piece about exactly how he'll update Mary Shelley's Frankenstein novel for a modern audience, but given that we've got a major lack of mad scientists in real life
While some writer/directors take their time to develop projects one at a time, Guillermo Del Toro collects them like baseball cards. It's rare that we