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Frankenstein Unearthed Again
Dean Koontz's novels set for screen

16 February 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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With Guillermo Del Toro's hands full with The Hobbit for the forseeable, it looks like the next Frankenstein adaptation we get will be based on Prodigal Son, the first in a series of novels by Dean Koontz

Far from being a straight take on Mary Shelley's original, Koontz's Frankenstein series (the first was co-written with Kevin J Anderson and the second with Ed Gorman) sees two modern-day New Orleans detectives on the hunt for a serial killer known as The Surgeon. This peaks the interest of low-key monster Deucalion* who suspects the handiwork of his creator, and dedicates himself to battling his evil. Later instalments see Frankenstein cypher Viktor Helios (just don't call him Froonk-oon-shteen) unleashing an army of engineered undead. As if New Orleans hadn't had enough to contend with recently.

Producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick have their eye on a franchise, and are developing the project with 1019 Entertainment. Winter was part of the team behind the original X-Men trilogy, so he clearly has an eye for a potent property, although he was also part responsible for Fantastic Four and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.

This all sounds more Roger Corman than James Whale, but it could potentially be fun. Still, if people are going to be adapting twists on the Frankenstein mythos, we'd rather they went for Peter Ackroyd.

*In Greek mythology, Deucalion is the son of Prometheus. Do you see? Mary Shelley's Modern Prometheus? This is deep stuff...


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Michael Madsen, Parker Posey and Vincent Perez in a 2004 TV movie. which wasn't particularly good i hasten to add. More

Posted by The Equalizer at 12:46 on 16 February 2010 | Report This Post

TV Movie
Hasn't this already been a TV movie? Directed by Marcus Nispel? More

Posted by westham1 at 10:21 on 16 February 2010 | Report This Post

Possibly the dumbest book I had the misfortune of reading, so don't hold out much hope for the film. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 09:34 on 16 February 2010 | Report This Post

Loved the books although if has even a little trace of Sherlock Holmes "punch first, then maybe possibly ask questions later" i will be forced to have a rant More

Posted by mogel96 at 08:12 on 16 February 2010 | Report This Post

Excellent! Big fan of Dean Koontz, and his Frankenstein novels, so this could be great. However, Koontz books have never made good films so far (by Koontz's own admission, since the studios always make a real hash of them), so we'll have to wait and see... Fingers crossed, though, could be an amazing series of films, though I think they could work better as something like a HBO miniseries..... More

Posted by dctuck at 08:02 on 16 February 2010 | Report This Post


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