Shawn Levy, Like Many Others, Is Directing a New Frankenstein Movie

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Shawn Levy, who is best known for directing comedies such as Night At the Museum and Date Night, will be taking on one of the most well-known classic science fiction/horror stories of all time, Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein, beating out other heavyweight directors like Paul Greengrass and David Yates. Though he’d better hurry up on that, because there are about 34 (or 6) other Frankenstein projects planned right now.

Levy’s Frankenstein movie, which is said to place an emphasis on “themes of friendship and redemption,” will be written by Max Landis (son of John Landis) and released by Fox. It is also, according to Variety, “a sci-fi take” on the 1818 story, which makes you wonder if they read the story because it was actually already sci-fi. That aside, this won’t really be the first time Levy has taken on the science fiction genre, if you count his upcoming boxing robot movie Real Steel (which stars Hugh Jackman). Which, if you consider the whole element of humans giving a man-made creation superhuman abilities, might make him a very good choice to direct Frankenstein.

But Levy has a lot of competition, because Hollywood is hell-bent on making Frankenstein-style monsters the next zombies and vampires. There are no fewer than six Frankenstein movies in the works right now:

  • Haley Joel Osment is set to star in Slasher Films‘ graphic novel adaptation, Wake the Dead, about a college student who builds his own monster.
  • Universal, which produced the original 1931 movie, is working on a remake with Guillermo del Toro and Scott Stuber.
  • Lakeshore Entertainment has a version called I, Frankenstein, a modern-day tale being written and directed by Stuart Beattie.
  • Summit Entertainment has This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.
  • Ghost House Pictures and RT Features are adapting Peter Ackroyd‘s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein.
  • And, finally, a contemporary version from producer Matt Tolmach, who left Columbia Pictures last year to start his own company so he can produce The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • So, there’s all that Frankenstein happening. And not one of them mentioned a musical number. Pity.

    (Variety via Screen Rant, Spinoff Online)

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