Kevin Grevioux's 'I, Frankenstein' Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
April 15, 2009
From vampires and werewolves to monsters. Director Patrick Tatopoulos, Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, and Death Ray Films are teaming up to bring the comic book I, Frankenstein to the big screen. Published by Darkstorm, the forthcoming comic brings together various classic monsters, including Frankenstein's Monster, the Invisible Man, Dracula and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in a contemporary film noir setting. The Monster, for example, has evolved, learned how to control his anger and now acts as a private investigator. Dracula, meanwhile, is a kingpin of crime, and the Invisible Man is a secret operative.
Grevioux, who wrote all of the three Underworld films, will write this adaptation. Tatopoulos, a creature designer who made his directing debut with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, will direct. Robert Sanchez of IESB and Chris Patton will produce via Death Ray, with Ryan Turek (aka Ryan Rotten) of STYD also co-developing. "It's a Raymond Chandler-esque monster mash where the rogues don't pack pistols, they've got claws and fangs," Turek said. And if you're interested in learning more about this, there's a full interview over at STYD with Kevin Grevioux, with some early details on both the comic and the movie.
That art you see at the top is a quick crop from the upcoming cover of I, Frankenstein (see the full version here). There are also a few concept art sketches found over on STYD and SciFi Wire. While this project sounds strangely similar to The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that Ron Howard is working on, it's got some damn good guys behind it and I'll be looking forward to seeing how it develops!