ABC has bought “Jekyll & Hyde”, a second drama series pitch based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” reports Deadline.
This version comes from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” scribe Matt Lopez and Mark Gordon Co. and is called a “suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist”. Said twist could be cloning-related.
Set in modern San Francisco, the story centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego.
This isn’t to be confused with “Hyde”, the Sheldon Turner-penned take on the property which the network picked up the other week. That version features Jekyll as an ER Doctor whose id manifests as another person when he sleeps.
Both are contemporary adaptations of the story, the most notable recent attempt at a contemporary-set adaptation was the 2007 British mini-series “Jekyll” from “Doctor Who” show runner Steven Moffat.