Benedict Cumberbatch Could Again Play Frankenstein (or His Monster) in Guillermo del Toro’s Adaptation
Guillermo del Toro is one seriously busy dude. At the moment he’s making the press rounds promoting this weekend’s box office hopeful, Pacific Rim. Though, when he talks with the press he has more to say about the countless projects he has in development: Hellboy 3 and Justice League Dark, mostly. But there’s another project Del Toro has sizzling somewhere on a free burner, and adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Sure, not an original choice, but just try and rationalize not letting Del Toro have a crack at it. I dare you.
An interview in the latest edition of The Daily Telegraph (print edition, so it’s not yet available online, but thanks to The Playlist for the heads up), Del Toro names Benedict Cumberbatch as who he’d like for his Frankenstein flick. Whether as the monster or the doctor is unclear, but Cumberbatch has experience playing both, as he and Johnny Lee Miller would alternate the roles when they starred in Danny Boyle’s stage production of the tale.
For some time now, the rumors had been Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) would play the role of the monster and had already filmed screen tests. If that remains true, and considering Jones and Del Toro’s long professional history I expect it will, Cumberbatch would be sought for the creator, Dr. Frankenstein.
I’m already sold. Take your Pacific Rim money, and make this. Please.
Unfortunately, the future of this project, like so many things, lies with what the studios want to do. What they’ll finance, basically. Whether Universal will go for it, especially when there’s already competition on the horizon with a FOX-funded, Frankenstein flick starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor set for release in 2014, is unclear.
And believe it or not, Frankenstein, Hellboy 3, and JLD aren’t the only film projects Del Toro has brewing! He also hopes of one day adapting Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five! He updated the Telegraph on its progress, saying,
Charlie Kaufman and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’] — to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it”s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer! I’ll work it out.
Dude, dude, seriously. You may have one too many movies in mind. I mean, sure, I want to see you make all of them, but Hollywood will only pay for so many. I say, go for Frankenstein while Cumberbatch is still a big deal and audiences haven’t been completely burnt out on him. Then Hellboy 3. Please, please, PLEASE, do Hellboy 3.
What do you think of Del Toro’s busy plate? Would you like to see him make Frankenstein with Cumberbatch?