Leonardo DiCaprio Heading to 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' as Producer
by Ethan Anderton
September 6, 2013
Sci-fi author H.G. Wells has been quite prominent on the big screen with adaptations of his books spanning decades, and now Warner Bros. is planning yet another contemporary reimagining of one of his more famous tales. Deadline has word the studio is working with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way banner for a new take on The Island of Dr. Moreau, the story of a cast away who is rescued by a boat headed for the titular island where supposedly there are gruesome ad strange experiments that violate the laws of nature and morality. But it doesn't sound like DiCaprio has any intention of starring at this point.
Most recently, the novel was adapted into a film starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in 1996, but the film saw two previous adaptations as well. In 1977, Burt Lancaster and Michael York led one version, and 45 years previously, Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi led The Island of Lost Souls in 1932. The material which dates back to 1896 always seems to attract some high profile talent, and this version should be no different. Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy will write the new adaptation, fresh off their Emmy nominated work on the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove," so this could be some entertaining sci-fi horror.