Zombie-Beatles Writer Creating Elvis-Frankenstein Mash-Up
Yep, another concept-twisting monster mash-up in the works, at least in book form. MTV recently talked with author Alan Goldsher, who wrote the book Paul is Undead - The Beatles as zombies mash-up - that we wrote about a few weeks ago. Goldsher told them about another follow-up book has in the works called Frankenstein Has Left The Building that is an Elvis Presley as Frankenstein mash-up. He explains: "I am taking 'Frankenstein' the book and rewriting it with Elvis [Presley] as the creature." This sounds pretty frickin' cool. It almost reminds me of Bubba Ho-Tep in a way, but I'm sure it'll be way different in the end.
So how the heck will this even work? Well, Goldsher has already fleshed out an idea. "The book takes place in the 1960s. It's still the same format as the original 'Frankenstein'… All of the same characters are going to be there, but it's going to be written in a whole new voice. Our Frankenstein character, he's from the South, just like [the real] Elvis." Here's the best part: "There's a big overlap with the Frankenstein story and the Elvis Presley story in that they're both fabricated entities. Frankenstein the creature is made from parts and Elvis was put together by really intelligent record label people. It could be argued that he was the first prefab artist. And then, both the creature and Elvis spent their lives looking for love and acceptance." That's crazy.
Even though it's only in the very early stages of development, and still a while from even being written as a book, I'm writing about this today because there's no doubt in my mind that this will be eventually optioned as a follow-up film to Paul is Undead, especially once that film gets made (and becomes a very big success, which I expect it will). I just love these crazy concepts. Although it hasn't been proven yet that a feature film version of one of these wacky stories can actually work (I'm waiting for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies first), I have a feeling they'll become their own niche. Plus, I'd rather see this over that Bubba Ho-Tep sequel. You?