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Comic Con: I, Frankenstein panel, with Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski!

07.21.2013

Lionsgate kicked off their Hall H presentation with I, FRANKENSTEIN, a new take on the classic Frankenstein’s Monster character from the producers of UNDERWORLD. Any boy, does it look like UNDERWORLD. Same color palette, same CG style, same, well, everything. It’s just gargoyles and demons now instead of vampires and werewolves. And Frankenstein’s Monster is caught in the middle.

The story is basically this: Frankenstein’s Monster (actually called “Adam” in the film and played by an incredibly buff Aaron Eckhart), wanders the world aimlessly, and has been for 200 years. He is, of course, immortal, so there’s no chance of him dying; he’s essentially cursed. Somehow he gets involved with a war that is going on between demons (who are attempting to take over the earth and want to harness Adam’s secrets to do it) and gargoyles (who are sworn to protect humanity). Guess he does some fighting on the side of good, and eventually gets involved with the hottest scientist ever (played by Yvonne Strahovski).

This is, naturally, not the Frankenstein’s Monster we’re all familiar with; aside from a few scars on his face and a general gloomy disposition, Eckhart looks more or less like a badass. The movie itself, as I mentioned previously, might as well be called UNDERWORLD 5. Whether that is a good or bad thing is subjective, but for me it is simply too reminiscent of that series to get excited about. The rather unconvincing CG gargoyles and demons aren’t exactly helping matters either. (We can probably expect Lionsgate to release the trailer for this in August when YOU’RE NEXT comes out.)

Here are some highlights from the panel:

- Eckhart made mention of the fact that I, FRANKENSTEIN employs some kind of elaborate stick fighting; we caught a glimpse of it in the trailer. He said it’s crucial to get the choreography for it just right, because one wrong move and you’re getting smashed in the face.

- The film is currently being converted into 3D.

- Yvonne plays an electrophysiologist in the film; when we first meet her, she’s reanimating a dead rat. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but she’s thrown into the world. Her character wants to know how Adam is what he is, while Adam wants her to create him a companion, because all he really wants is someone to spend the rest of his life with (however long that may be).

- Director Stuart Beattie said that I, FRANKENSTEIN is like the “next chapter” in terms of its relationship to Mary Shelley’s classic book. The film evidently begins with Adam carrying the dead body of his maker and burying it, then we cut ahead and discover that Adam is still alive in the here and now.

- In regards to why Adam doesn’t look like the Frankenstein’s Monsters of the past, Beattie said it’s because his scars have healed (somewhat) over the past 200 years. He also said it’s pretty hard to make Aaron Eckhart ugly.

- Various members made it clear to Yvonne that they loved her, but that's to be expected...

JoBlo.com covers San Diego Comic Con 2013

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Extra Tidbit: I, FRANKENSTEIN comes out on January 24, 2014.
Source: JoBlo.com

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7:24AM on 07/23/2013
Let's just hope it's NOT
next year Jonah Hex or RIPD...
IF it's the 'new' Underworld, it MIGHT, at least be fun and entertaining...
Strangely, I can't remember the last time Frankenstein's monster was a real villain, on screen, instead of a misunderstood victim...
Let's just hope it's NOT
next year Jonah Hex or RIPD...
IF it's the 'new' Underworld, it MIGHT, at least be fun and entertaining...
Strangely, I can't remember the last time Frankenstein's monster was a real villain, on screen, instead of a misunderstood victim...
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12:33PM on 07/22/2013
I couldn't get in for this one but did attend the Conversations for a Cause panel at Nerd HQ for this film. Aaron Eckhart looked a little grumpy and uncomfortable, he certainly wasn't being too open or enthusiastic with the fans. I guess I can understand it, but it didn't give off very good vibes. To be honest, lots of people are not interested to see this at all, and Eckhart could have done a better job of convincing his fans and the panel attendees to go. I am glad he answered a question
I couldn't get in for this one but did attend the Conversations for a Cause panel at Nerd HQ for this film. Aaron Eckhart looked a little grumpy and uncomfortable, he certainly wasn't being too open or enthusiastic with the fans. I guess I can understand it, but it didn't give off very good vibes. To be honest, lots of people are not interested to see this at all, and Eckhart could have done a better job of convincing his fans and the panel attendees to go. I am glad he answered a question about The Dark Knight, and he said it was special because of Heath. He did, however, decline to give the crowd a "RAY-CHULL!" yell.
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7:29PM on 07/21/2013
Such a strange sounding movie. Most people still don't realize Frankenstein is simply the name of the Doctor
Such a strange sounding movie. Most people still don't realize Frankenstein is simply the name of the Doctor
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11:10PM on 07/21/2013
In this story, the Monster calls himself Adam Frankenstein, seeing himself as the son of Victor, which in many ways the monster is. He's cursed to wander the earth as an immortal and has spent ages trying to build a proper identity for himself. He attracts the attention of demons who want to know how he can live forever even though he has no soul.
In this story, the Monster calls himself Adam Frankenstein, seeing himself as the son of Victor, which in many ways the monster is. He's cursed to wander the earth as an immortal and has spent ages trying to build a proper identity for himself. He attracts the attention of demons who want to know how he can live forever even though he has no soul.
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