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Timur Bekmambetov Helming a 'Victor Frankenstein' Movie?

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March 29, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

Timur Bekmambetov

It's almost hard to believe that since Wanted opened back in the summer of 2008, Russian director Timur Bekmambetov hasn't actually started production on any follow-up projects, even though its been nearly two years. He's been rumored to be attached to all kinds of things, from Wanted 2 to to Moby Dick to The Last Witch Hunter, and now we've got another project to throw on that growing list. SlashFilm is reporting that Bekmambetov is supposedly (read: unofficially) attached to an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, which is a retelling of the Gothic horror classic told in first person.

Not much is known about the project at the moment, except that it's being written by David Auburn, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright turned screenwriter behind Proof and The Lake House. The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein was published last year and is described by author as being something completely unique: "It is of course obviously true that Frankenstein is a wonderful story, and I was eager to see if I could extend it in other directions. It is a myth and a history, an allegory and a nightmare. I wanted to see if it was possible to maintain all those elements in a re-interpretation of the original text." Awesome.

This sounds very intriguing and although I haven't read it yet, I'd love to pick it up sometime. We've all been waiting for the next Frankenstein film and this could be it, although there's no word on how soon this will go into production, if at all. Has anyone read the novel? Is Timur a good choice for a director? Thoughts?

Update: A publicist contacted us and informed us that, for now, Timur is only producing. "Vespa Pictures and its principles Jeff Vespa and Ilene Staple optioned the book, attached Auburn to adapt it for the screen, and then partnered with Timur to produce the film side-by-side. All three will take producer credits." That's all we know for now, but we'll obviously let you know which project it is Timur does decide to direct next.

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  • Nethanel
    The Nightwatch films were very dark movies as far as setting and the look of the film and the book, though I haven't read it, is based on the same dark, gothic-like setting Frankenstein was set in. Just remembering the dark settings in Nightwatch, especially in the flashback scenes, I think Timur may have a good perspective on what visual direction the film should go and he seems to be interested in films that are capable of great stories and visuals, so no worries on my part.
  • DEADPOOL 72
    nightwatch & daywatch are his best films,very intrested how this might turn out.
  • Bob
    the painting on the cover is by Gericault, 19th century french painter, it is the study for the back of a black sailor, first black man to have been depicted as a central figure on a large scale painting in art history
  • Bob
    so what the hell is the relation to the book?

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