A new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi horror novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, is in the works at Warner Bros. through Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Deadline reports. “Hemlock Grove” scribes Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman have been hired to work out a screenplay.
Published in 1896, The Island of Dr/ Moreau follows shipwreck survivor Edward Prendick, who winds up on the mysterious Noble’s Isle. There, the titular Moreau, a former London physiologist, has taken to experimenting on animals and, through vivisection, has created human-like beasts.
The new film would mark the sixth feature-length adaptation of Wells’ story. The tale most was most recently brought to the big screen with a 1996 take directed by John Frankheimer with Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando in the leading roles.
DiCaprio will produce the new version alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Connolly of Mad Hatter Entertainment.