Abel Ferrara Readying Another Jekyll and Hyde Movie?
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2009
You've got to be kidding me? Of course, this happens all the time in Hollywood, but still, why this story? Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara is also adapting Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Forest Whitaker and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson already set to star. Just last week we announced that Keanu Reeves was set to star in Universal's re-imagining of the same story, with Nicolas Winding Refn set to direct. These two projects will be competing against each other, as Glasshouse Pictures and Cheetah Vision Films are already prepared to start shooting this one later this summer.
"The combination of such formidable talent in front of and behind the camera will turn this wonderful gothic story into a modern classic for a whole new generation," said producer Luc Roeg. I hate to break it to you Mr. Roeg, but 50 Cent is not "formidable talent" and your version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is not going to stand up to the Universal version. I don't care if the budget for this is even bigger, or if they have a better director, it won't be a project I care about at all, sorry. I think we all thought it couldn't get any worse than the Keanu Reeves version, but this just proves that it can get worse much more easily than we think.