Chris Evans is set to star and “Zombieland” helmer Ruben Fleischer is set to direct Lionsgate’s “Jekyll,” the feature film remake of Steven Moffat’s 2007 BBC One mini-series which puts a contemporary sequel spin on the “Jekyll and Hyde” tale.
The miniseries starred James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit”) as Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who is beginning to exhibit the trademark split personality. Now living in a fortified basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally, the reserved Jackman transforms into a man of pure id – angry, violent, charming, and flirtatious with heightened strength and speed.
Evans will play Jackman in the film. The catch here is timing as Fleischer has other projects on the way, Evans has serious “Avengers” commitments throughout all of much of next year, and rival Universal is building a multi-film universe based around the character of Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe).
Marc Platt, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce while Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry (“The Nice Guys”) have written a script. Fleischer will work with the scribes to polish things up.