Haley Joel Osment Will 'Wake the Dead' in Frankenstein Themed Tale
After receiving an Oscar nomination for his fantastic turn as a young child in The Sixth Sense, the now 23-year old Haley Joel Osment is set to make a return to acting after taking a hiatus to work on his college degree. Variety reports Osment will star in Wake the Dead, an adaptation of Steven Niles' graphic novel of the same name which takes the classic story of Frankenstein and sets it in modern day. Osment will play a college student named Victor Franklin who is experimenting with reversing death. This will actually be produced through Slasher Films, the horror banner from guitarist Slash we learned about last year.
Slasher Films producer Rob Eric says of Osment's casting, "This role allows him to break out of his shell and he will have no problem handling it." Jay Russell (Ladder 49, Tuck Everlasting) will be directing Osment, and since he had so much talent at such a young age, I'm definitely interested in seeing what he can do as an adult. In addition, with a production date schedule for the fall, it sounds like this will be the first of many Frankenstein themed projects to get off the ground. Others like This Dark Endeavor and the comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein are just a couple other films referencing the classic tale, so hopefully the market won't get tired of the bolt-necked monster anytime soon.