“This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein,” a prequel novel to Mary Shelley’s original “Frankenstein” slated for release later this year, has been purchased by Summit Entertainment, the studio confirmed this morning.
Written by Kenneth Oppel, the novel (the first in a planned series) is officially described as follows:
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only piques Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.
Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrad’s life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.
Karen Rosenfelt (“The Twilight Saga”) is attached to produce the adaptation, news of which arrives on the heels of yesterday’s article about Guillermo del Toro’s own “Frankenstein” tale and a full description of his creature.