Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of those evergreen stories of creation, loss, and humanity, amongst numerous other weighty themes. In fact, there’s rarely a year when at least one new re-telling of the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster is distributed either in theaters or VOD. Last year brought us the execrable I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart as the suspiciously gorgeous monster and Bill Nighy as his Lucifer-esque nemesis; that’s not even mentioning all the gargoyles involved in that movie. And this year, we’ll see the release of Bernard Rose‘s Frankenstein, which updates the story to modern times and casts Xavier Samuel (Twilight, Fury) as a teenaged monster brought into the world by a pair of conflicted scientists, played by Carrie-Ann Moss and Danny Huston.
The press release says that Frankenstein:
is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.
At the very least, this take on Shelley’s beloved novel seems more intimately pitched than the low-grade action fireworks of I, Frankenstein, and is at least trying to tie the story to the feelings of alienation and fear that originally made the story such a smash. There’s no current release date for Frankenstein stateside as of now, but it’s premiering at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this coming week with eyes on finding a North American distributor.
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