August 31, 2014
We mark the birthday, this weekend, of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Mary Godwin on 30 August, 1797. On this occasion, we also note the recent announcement of two new films devoted to Mary Shelley, both starring young, high profile actresses and both under the guidance of women directors.
MARY SHELLEY’S MONSTER will star Sophie Turner of GAME OF THRONES in a film described as “a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger…” The attached director, Coky Giedroyc, is familiar with the period and the subject, having directed a TV movie of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (2009), and two excellent episodes of the Frankenstein-related PENNY DREADFUL series for Showtime.
A STORM IN THE STARS casts Elle Fanning, recently of MALEFICENT (2014) as Mary and tells of her forbidden romance with poet Percy Shelley. The film has been entrusted to Saudi-Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour.
We’ll keep an eye out and report on developments on these projects over the months to come.