Whilst Guillermo del Toro is in New Zealand shooting a movie or two (some wouldn't rule out three), with some hobbits, he will only be able to look on in raged jealously as another studio tackles his favourite literary character. Shock Till You Drop report that Kevin Grevioux, the screenwriter and co-creator of the Underworld franchise will re-team with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director and former creator artist Patrick Tataopoulos for I, Frankenstein, an adaptation of a DarkStorm Comics series that Grevioux created. i-frankenstein-cover-a The comic book is a modernization of the Frankenstein mythos (as you can see on the front cover, the monster is carrying a gun) with the evolved monster (who can now control his emotions and works as a private investigator) encountering other famous movie monsters. They mention the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Invisible Man, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde... though they will be contemporary Raymond Chandler-esque noir updates to them all. It's a little like the comic series Fables which reimagined the Big Bad Wolf as a hard boiled detective and Snow White as a marriage counsellor. Death Ray Films and even web bloggers Robert Sanchez (of IESB) and Ryan Rotten (of Shock Till You Drop) are producing the movie. Another producer, Chris Patton came out with the best quote from Coming Soon...

"This is not a campy make over, the horror and suspense that Kevin has built into this new concept is perfect for today's audience. Over the past few decades the studios haven't given these monsters the respect that they deserve. This film will remind you why these childhood frights will always reign as the king of nightmares."
Obviously he is talking about Van Hesling and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Another interesting quote from Grevioux, mentioned possible casting...
"I want a bigger guy, anywhere from 6'2" to 6'6", a tad bit intimidating, someone who could act obviously, has a witty banter about him"
Witty banter? Have you ever heard that phrase used in conjunction with this character before? I'm all for re-inventing characters but Frankenstein as a detective is a horrible idea because from the sounds of things he's going to be Marv from Sin City, with any resemblance to the great monster we all know being simply coincidental.
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