Frankenstein Heads to Television


With a number of adaptations planned for the big screen, “Frankenstein” is also headed to television. Variety reports that NBC is developing a television series based on the Mary Shelley novel.

Russel Friend and Garret Lerner (“House,” “Smallville”) will provide a pilot script, which will adapt the tale to present-day.

The 1818 classic 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. Matt Reeves is attached to a different prequel, This Dark Endeavor, also based on a novel (by Kenneth Oppel). 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, Tim Burton plans to return to his filmmaking roots with his Shelley-inspired stop motion release, Frankenweenie and 20th Century Fox is said to be adapting an as-of-yet untitled version of the book.