Fox Developing Frankenstein Tale


20th Century Fox is set to adapt Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, Variety reports, and Max Landis is attached to draft.

Landis, the son of director John Landis, is responsible for the screenplay of the upcoming Chronicle, to be directed by his father and set for release early next year.

Little is known about the specifics of Fox’s take on the source material, but Paul Greengrass, Ron Howard and David Yates are among the names said to have expressed an interest in the helming the as-of-yet-untitled project.

Shelley’s tale has, lately, been a major source of inspiration for Hollywood. In addition to Guillermo del Toro’s long-expressed interest in reimagining the novel and a recent stage version directed by Danny Boyle, Timur Bekmambetov is set to helm a prequel, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, based on the Peter Ackroyd novel of the same name. Dean Koontz’s own, modern day take on the story is slated for adaptation with Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. Lakeshore is aiming for an original, film noir slant on the monster with their screen version of the comic book I, Frankenstein and Tim Burton plans to return to his filmmaking roots with his Shelley-inspired stop motion release, Frankenweenie.