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.
Del Toro’s Hellboy production site, also with the trailer, and production sketches.
A comprehensive, "official" del Toro fansite.
(With thanks to Marc Berezin)