Stuart Beattie Set to Write and Direct Adaptation of 'I, Frankenstein'
Though he's best known in Australia for helming the teen action drama Tomorrow, When the War Began (the film broke box office records down under), as a writer, Stuart Beattie had his hand in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Australia and 30 Days of Night. Now the filmmaker has boarded a project that has been gestating for a couple years. Heat Vision reports Beattie is now set to write and direct the big screen adaptation of I, Frankenstein, the yet-to-be-published graphic novel from Darkstorm Studios that sees the iconic monster in a modern day setting now fully capable of controlling his anger and working as a private investigator.
This project has been developing for almost two years now since it was first revealed back in April 0f 2009. Back then Underworld franchise writer Kevin Grevioux (who created the forthcoming graphic novel) was going to write the script with creatures and effects designer Patrick Tatopoulos (who directed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) set to direct. Since then we've seen some cool concept art from the project, but apparently Tatopoulos has fallen away from it since Lakeshore Entertainment picked it up in February of 2010.
It sounds like Beattie will be doing a re-write of Grievoux's original script which has Frankenstein standing between humans and a host of other supernatural creatures (like Dracula as a kingpin of crime, and the Invisible Man as a secret agent) looking to rise up and take over. I liked the sound of this project when it was first announced, so I hope it actually Lakeshore Entertainment can really get it off the ground this time. How about you?