Guillermo Plans New Frankenstein

Director Guillermo del Toro has revealed to MTV News that he is planning a “definitive take” on Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein” story.

Del Toro says that his vision, which is in the earliest stages of pre-production, will not be a literal adaptation – “The only way to do the Shelley novel is to actually do a four-hour miniseries. But I think there permutations in which you can tell the myth in a different way.”

Countless adaptations of the classic story have appeared over the years, the most famous being the James Whale-directed 1931 classic with Boris Karloff. The most recent bid budget adaptation of the story was the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” in 1994 which had Robert DeNiro as the monster.

How this will fit into Del Toro’s schedule is anyone’s guess right now. Still finishing up the “Hellboy” sequel, the helmer remains committed to adaptations of HP Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” Edgar Rice Burrough’s “Tarzan,” Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” and film versions of the graphic novel “The Coffin” and the British mini-series “The Champions.”