I, Frankenstein


I know what you’re thinking…again!? Yes, Mary Shelley’s story about a scientist who creates and then abandons his man-like monster is coming to the big screen yet again. This time, however, the monster (who just for clarification has never actually taken the name Frankenstein) must battle with his own inner demons and trust issues with actual demons and flying gargoyles in a dark present reminiscent of the Underworld movies. In fact Kevin Grevioux, who wrote Underworld, is writing the screenplay with writer/director Stuart Beattie. While Shelley’s original novel was equally focused on Victor Frankenstein’s struggle with guilt and his ambition to conquer life through science, as well as the monster’s own struggle with abandonment and his desire to find a place in the world, film adaptations of the story have always been focused on the general man-creates-monster theme of the original 1931 classic. One exception is Kenneth Branagh’s 1994 film, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which focused more on Shelley’s original story but failed to make a big connection with movie audiences. Unfortunately this seems to be just another of Hollywood’s “take-it-off-the-shelf-and-dust-it” movies, but if you enjoyed the Underworld movies then you might find this one entertaining. I, Frankenstein is set for release in January 2014.

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