Proposed ‘Frankenstein’ TV Project Lands Director

by Thomas Tuna

Another reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 Frankenstein–this one bound for the small screen–is gaining momentum.

A premium television production of the iconic story–first announced late last year from Stone Village Television and BlackBox Multimedia–is finally moving forward in a big way, according to Deadline.

Otto Bathurst (HaloRobin Hood) this week signed on to direct the series. Bathurst will also produce the show through his One Big Picture banner, a company he co-founded with Toby Leslie in 2017.

Bathurst said this TV series is an opportunity “to take a really deep dive into the original text and deliver the relevant truth that Shelley imbedded in this incredible story.” He described the project as a “modern and true version of this ever-more-pertinent tale.”

The series–written by Bradley McManus (Bodyguard of Lies)–will be set in pre-Victorian Europe and will focus on “the behaviors and obsessions of a scientist exploring the fine thread between life and death.”

Very little else is known about the show at this time, including who will be cast as Dr. Frankenstein or the misunderstood monster.

The original 1931 Frankenstein–directed by James Whale and adapted from a 1927 play based on Shelley’s novel–set the bar incredibly high, with Colin Clive portraying Dr. Henry Frankenstein and Boris Karloff giving his career-defining performance as the monster.

The Universal Pictures film–a huge success with critics and movie fans–has been singled out by the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this small-screen adaptation of Frankenstein.

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