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Stuart Beattie Set to Write and Direct Adaptation of 'I, Frankenstein'

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March 28, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

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?

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  • Anonymous
    I don't really care for his credits...but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Been looking forward to this adaptation for a while now.
  • jah p
    I agree X, I"m so glad that Pat Tatopolous isn't directing either! He does the designs too and I wasn't to happy with the designs of the werewolves in Underworld or the American Godzilla he did! Yikes!lol
    • Anonymous
      I wanna get the novel...its just I can't find any release dates!
  • KLO
    Alex, you forgot to mention he wrote COLLATRAL.
    • Anonymous
      I did not know that! My expectations just went up!
  • Lebowski
    It's good to see a fellow Aussie getting ahead in Hollywood, but this guy confuses me. How can you write something sublime, like Collateral, and then manage to write something as stupid, condescending and racist as Australia?
  • http://www.facebook.com/rmorse Raymond Morse
    So this movie is about the doctor who made the monster? Sorry I can't help it I always have to poke fun at people who think the monsters name is Frankenstein
    • Anonymous
      well perhaps the monster has taken on the name of Frankenstein? I mean the title seems as if he took the name.
  • Anonymous
    Really thought this was farther along then it is....I became a fan of Tatopoulos after getting to know him better on each episode of "FaceOff".

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