It’s Alive! Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ Coming To TV

Arguably the most famous, venerated and duplicated story in horror history reportedly will be adapted as a premium TV series.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 classic Frankenstein–brought to vivid life in numerous films, shows, plays and comic books–will be brought to the small screen by Stone Village Television and BlackBox Multimedia, according to a report in Deadline.

The proposed TV series–which does not have a title at this time–will be written by Bradley McManus (Bodyguard of Lies) and will deal with the “behaviors and obsessions of a scientist exploring the fine thread between life and death,” according to the official synopsis, “all set against the context of a year in which dependence on scientific breakthroughs has been paramount.”

It also was reported that the show most likely will be set in Europe, with an eye towards it becoming a “returnable franchise”. Supposedly, that means it will be written as a continuing series–but in which era? The late 1700s–the setting for the original story–or perhaps in modern times?

Frankenstein’s monster, of course, has been grist for many cinematic mills over the long years. The original 1931 Frankenstein–directed by James Whale and adapted from a 1927 play based on Shelley’s novel–stars Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein and Boris Karloff (naturally) as the monster. The Universal Pictures film was a commercial and critical success, and has even been singled out by the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

With so many questions still surrounding the TV adaptation, keep reading Horror News Network for any and all updates.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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