Aaron Eckhart Set to Lead Adaptation of 'I, Frankenstein' Comic Book
by Ethan Anderton
October 7, 2011
Back in March we learned that Aussie Stuart Beattie, the screenwriter behind such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and Collateral and director of the hit Australian film Tomorrow, When the War Began, had been hired to sit in the director's chair for Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate's adaptation of the Darkstorm Studios comic I, Frankenstein. The story finds the iconic monster in a modern day setting now fully capable of controlling his anger and working as a private investigator, and Deadline has word that The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart has been set to take the lead role. Read on!
The press release announcing the casting describes the story as a modern day epic where Frankenstein's creature, named Adam Frankenstein, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Beattie added, “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.” That's certainly an interesting way of looking at the comic's story which came from Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux. This is shaping up to be a sort of film noir set in the horror genre, and that sounds like a great blend of two different worlds on the big screen. We've already seen some concept art from the forthcoming film right here, and it really looks like it could be the most original take on the classic monster so far.