January 3, 2008

Guillermo del Toro's Frankenstein


According to MTV, writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro has begun early pre-production on a new version of Frankenstein.

Last year, after Universal picked up the Hellboy movie franchise, del Toro playfully hinted that it would be fun to match Mike Mignola’s horned superhero with Frankenstein and other classic Universal Monsters. Now, it seems, the project has morphed into a full-blown, “definitive” adaptation of Mary Shelley’s tale.

The idea is very appealing: Del Toro is equally comfortable with intense, intelligent fantasy, such as the remarkable Pan’s Labyrinth, as he is with the popcorn and adrenaline-school of action on show in his upcoming Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a promising follow-up to his rambunctious, big-hearted Hellboy of 2002. 

Del Toro always has a lot of projects going. In the last year alone, his name was associated with Harry Potter, Halo and The Hobbit. He has expressed interest in making a new version of Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan, and an adaptation of H.P.Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness

It’s too early to say if del Toro’s Frankenstein will ever get off the ground, but we’ll be all over this story here at Frankensteinia as it develops.


The MTV story is here. Note: The video interview plays only in the USA.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army movie website, with trailer.

Del Toro’s Hellboy production site, also with the trailer, and production sketches.

A comprehensive, "official" del Toro fansite

(With thanks to Marc Berezin)


Wich2 said...

Ah, if someone would FINALLY really do Mother Mary total justice on-screen...

(I had such hopes for Brannagh...)

Happy New Year!
-Craig W.

Anonymous said...

How about the 2004 TV version with Luke Goss? (the 1976 TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN/VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN is fairly faithful as well).

rob! said...

wasn't GDT going to do a Wolfman remake with Benicio DT at some point?

heck, if the Frank remake is half as good as Pan's Labyrinth, let him at all the Universal monsters!

B-Sol said...

Del Toro really has the right sensibility to make this truly memorable. I very hope it does become a reality.

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Robyn 666 said...

Wow, old article :P to update... GDT IS doing a Frankenstein movie for sure now!! And Doug Jones is cast as the Creature...YAY! I cannot WAIT to see his version of this as it is NOT a remake its a brand new adventure! As far as the Luke Goss comment up there... speaking of, I think Luke would make a FAB Dr.Frankenstein in this movie. Hopefully del Toro thinks about bringing him in on it!! They worked brilliantly together in Blade2 and HB2...would be FAB!!!