Paul McGuigan, Not Shawn Levy, is Bringing 'Frankenstein' to Life
About a year ago, it was confirmed that Real Steel director Shawn Levy would be directing a new take on the classic horror movie monster Frankenstein. Things fell apart when Levy wanted a big budget take on Chronicle scribe Max Landis' script, and the studio wanted to keep the price to a minimum. Now Variety reports that Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan is there to pick up the pieces, as he'll now direct the project for Fox. McGuigan's got fantastic visual sensibilities, so it should be fascinating to see him tackle Landis' sci-fi script and hopefully give us something that has a fresh take on an old story. Read on!
Here's an interesting little connection. McGuigan hasn't directed much since Slevin back in '06 (only Push on the feature side of things), but some of his best work was on the BBC series "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And who recently starred in a London stage show of Frankenstein, you ask? Yep - Cumberbatch himself, alongside Jonny Lee Miller, who would go on to take the role of Sherlock Holmes in the new CBS series "Elementary." Could be a coincidence, or Cumberbatch and McGuigan could have been having some serious Mary Shelley geek-outs between takes of their show.
Levy was likely too busy to give this project his full attention anyway, since he's currently working on The Internship and has a ton of stuff in development, including a Real Steel sequel, The 39 Clues, Monster Problems, a comedy called Aloha with Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, a new spin on Pinocchio, and a Fantastic Voyage remake for James Cameron. Think this guy has enough on his plate?
As many of you know, Hollywood loves developing multiple projects with similar subject matter at the same time, and this Frankenstein project is no different. Soon, we'll have Hotel Transylvania in theaters with an animated version of the monster, plus a found-footage horror take on the story from Radio Silence, who directed a segment of V/H/S, and the long-gestating I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart. With odds like that, at least one of these projects should be worth while. We'll just have to wait it out and see which one.