Rival “Frankenstein” Films Get New Blood

Pulitzer-winning “Proof” playwright David Auburn has signed to write the script for a film adaptation of the Peter Ackroyd novel “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” at RT Features and Ghost House Pictures reports Deadline.

The story covers the youthful days of Frankenstein, who begins experimenting with corpses, influenced by the outspoken English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley is a character in the film as well, while Rodrigo Teixeira, Robert Tapert and Ilene Staple will produce.

Meanwhile, Summit Entertainment has brought on “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In” helmer Matt Reeves to direct and Jacob Estes (“Mean Creek”) to pen an adaptation of Kenneth Oppel’s upcoming novel “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein”.

In this film Victor Frankenstein’s twin brother, Konrad, falls gravely ill, leading Victor to seek out a mysterious old alchemist to help him produce the Elixir of Life, a fabled serum that will bestow the drinker with perpetual health.

Faced with the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother, and aided by his best friend Elizabeth (whose relationship with both brothers grows increasingly complicated), Victor sets out on a quest for the three ingredients needed to save Konrad’s life. Karen Rosenfelt will produce the film.

This is not to be confused with several other Frankenstein projects in development in Hollywood including Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the 1931 Universal film adaptation, Guns n Roses guitarist Slash’s comic adaptation “Wake the Dead”, and Sony Pictures’ contemporary re-telling from a pitch by Craig Fernandez.