As it stands, we have Marvel and Disney making lucrative business with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox have the lucrative X-men to branch out on (recently announced Deadpool movie) and Sony have Spiderman (however, things aren’t looking too hot business wise with that franchise as Venom has been cancelled). So it’s only natural that Universal were planning on expanding their Monster Movie Universe. But here’s the kicker, the past couple of movies have performed rather poorly at the box office. The original monster movies’ are what Universal studios were built on. With the success of movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisiable Man, Dracula and The Mummy that originated from the 1930s, helping Universal become the mammoth studio it is today. However, it seems like Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has conceded defeat. (more…)
Stuart Beattie, the guy who gave us 30 Days of Night and then clubbed us over the head with GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has been announced as the writer-director of Lakeshore Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of the cult comic I, Frankenstein, originally written and conceived by Underworld franchise co-creator Kevin Grevioux.
Announcements that this flick is in the works date back to 2009, so the solidarity of the project might be in doubt at this point. Grevioux and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos were previously attached to helm the project, so who knows where it’s headed next.
And, honestly, maybe we just want this one to stay uncertain. I, Frankenstein places the classic Frankenstein monster (Who, for the millionth time, isn’t named Frankenstein at all. That’s the name of his creator.) in a Raymond Chandler-esque city called Darkhaven (groan) with other classic horror characters including The Invisible Man, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dracula (who is a crime kingpin, of course). The monster has become the equivalent of a private detective saving others from the forces of evil (like Blade or John Constantine, but somehow not).
How many of these “inspired re-imaginings” must we endure before someone has an original idea again? The best we can hope for now is Mickey Rourke being cast as the creature, so at least we’ll get something akin to Sin City with more monsters.