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Two more Frankenstein movies coming from Matt Reeves and Sam Raimi

May. 25, 2011by: Dave Davis
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The collective unconscious must be particularly concentrated in Hollywood, because when someone thinks they have a good idea, everyone else gets it as well.

Joining the plethora of fairy tales, vampires and zombie movies in the works is a whole bunch based on Mary Shelley's classic (and conveniently public domain) story FRANKENSTEIN.

The latest projects getting zapped into life include THIS DARK ENDEAVOR, Summit's adaptation of an upcoming book by Kenneth Oppel. In this variation, Victor's twin brother Konrad becomes gravely ill. Victor discovers a secret library of alchemy and ancient remedy books, and sets out to find the ingredients for the Elixir of Life that will save Konrad.

THIS DARK ENDEAVOR will be directed by Matt Reeves, who is clearly sticking with monsters -- he also directed CLOVERFIELD and LET ME IN, and is working on adapting the vampire book THE PASSAGE and the sci-fi story 8 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (the basis for THEY LIVE).

Meanwhile, Sam Raimi's production company Ghost House is adapting Peter Ackroyd's novel THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, a "re-imagining" of Victor's student years, friendship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, experimentation with reainimating the dead, and dangerous encounters with a group of "resurrectionists". 

Aside from Danny Boyle's recent stage production (briefly broadcast in US theaters), other versions of Shelley's macabre tale in the works include Sony's contemporary update, Guillermo del Toro's straight period telling, an adaptation of author Dean Koontz's modern "Frankenstein" novels (spun after a TV miniseries treatment), Stuart Beattie's live-action version of the monster noir comic I, FRANKENSTEIN, an adaptation of Steve Niles' modern Frankenstein comic WAKE THE DEAD, and BRUCE VS. FRANKENSTEIN, Bruce Campbell's intended sequel to MY NAME IS BRUCE.

And now that I posted this picture, probably a superhero version of the Creature will be coming as well...

Extra Tidbit: Remember when the most we might get was dueling asteroid or volcano movies?
Source: Deadline

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10:15AM on 05/25/2011

I'll Believe It When I See It

Raimi to me is a lot like Del Toro. I hear all these cool projects he is working on, and then I never see them released. On a side note, Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein is HIGHLY underrated. Great film.
Raimi to me is a lot like Del Toro. I hear all these cool projects he is working on, and then I never see them released. On a side note, Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein is HIGHLY underrated. Great film.
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8:06AM on 05/25/2011
I am okay with Frankenstein stuff, but it really is not the next coming of the vampire overload simply because Frankenstein isn't "sexy," and it won't get as popular as zombies because zombie movies are more about a virus today than "the walking dead," and that scares people. Mad scientists building people out of dead body parts is neither scary nor sexy, but it should make for decent/dark sci-fi.
I am okay with Frankenstein stuff, but it really is not the next coming of the vampire overload simply because Frankenstein isn't "sexy," and it won't get as popular as zombies because zombie movies are more about a virus today than "the walking dead," and that scares people. Mad scientists building people out of dead body parts is neither scary nor sexy, but it should make for decent/dark sci-fi.
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7:00AM on 05/25/2011
And dueling movies about magicians. At this rate youll go to the theater and every movie playing will be about the basic thing
And dueling movies about magicians. At this rate youll go to the theater and every movie playing will be about the basic thing
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4:59AM on 05/25/2011
Frankenstein Meets Mr. Freek sounds like a pretty disturbing porno.
Frankenstein Meets Mr. Freek sounds like a pretty disturbing porno.
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1:06AM on 05/25/2011
Ahh Frankenhell.
Ahh Frankenhell.
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