Based on the Darkstorm Comics series created by Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), I, Frankenstein is the upcoming 2013 Australian/American horror/thriller film written and directed Stuart Beattie (30 Days of Night), who also wrote the screenplay. The movie is set in an ancient city populated by all manner of monsters, where Adam finds himself caught up in a war between immortal enemies.
The modern-day update of Mary Shelley’s classic horror tome: I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster, Adam did not commit suicide following the death of his creator. Instead, he has miraculously survived to the present day thanks to a rare genetic quirk. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war. Due to a “quirk” in his genetic structure – a quality that makes him the target of two warring, immortal clans.
Albeit a present day populated by demons, zombies and gargoyles, among other creatures. The movie follows Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, now called “Adam”, as it struggles to discover its humanity in a changing world. Adam is pursued by a demon prince and his lackey who wish to discover the secret of his “life” and longevity so that they can create a demon zombie army. Terra is a human scientist experimenting with reanimating corpses who is unknowingly furthering the demon prince’s agenda. As things were about to become dire, the Queen of Gargoyles comes to help Adam in his fight with the unrelenting supernatural creatures.
The comic book and movie is a modernization of the Frankenstein mythos where the monster stands between humans and a host of other supernatural creatures looking to rise up and take over and encountering other famous movie monsters in presumably violent ways including Frankenstein’s Monster, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Invisible Man, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde plus many more, in a re-imagined contemporary setting.
As writer/director, Stuart Beattie talks about the upcoming movie I, Frankenstein:
Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human. Step one: don’t accidentally kill little girls. While the story seems like a retread and I don’t really care if Frankenstein learns to become human (what’s unnerving about Shelley’s story is that modern man may reach for greatness but its primal instincts are for death and destruction).
While there are currently eight adaptations of Mary Shelley’s public domain monster novel, Frankenstein, in development at various studios, Lakeshore Entertainment’s version, I, Frankenstein, will most likely be the first one to hit the big screen. The movie broke away from the rest of the pack last month with the casting of Aaron Eckhart as the misunderstood monster and the announcement that the production would commence principal photography in Australia in January.
I, Frankenstein (2013) Teaser Trailer
No official trailers released yet.
Movie Release Date
I, Frankenstein is just one of several Frankenstein themed films heading our way, but it will have the honor of being the first out of the , originally slated for a Feb 2013 release, the film has been pushed back to September 2013 instead.
Who’s In It?
Aaron Eckhart as Adam
Yvonne Strahovski as Terra
Bill Nighy as Demon Prince/Angel
Miranda Otto as Queen of Gargoyles
The Good Stuff?
I am a big fan of the supernatural genre themed movies so this will be a big treat for fans. I loved how Underworld worked out, its plot and everything else. So I’m hoping great expectations for this one as well because it is directed by the same person who brought us Underworld. With the introduction of world’s most renowned monsters (Dracula, Jekly/Hyde, the Invisible Man, Demon Prince, Mad Scientist, Queen of Gargoyles) in the movie, this is going to be a big hit. Fans of this type of movies should check their calendars for this big release this upcoming year.
This is going to be exciting with the wonderful cast being drafted for the movie. Aaron Eckhart who was brilliant in his recent film the Rabbit Hole is going to be a very ICONIC Adam in this movie. I’m pretty sure he can bring something new and something real about portraying Adam in this film. And not to mention that they are shooting it from different parts of the world (Melbourne) to give us a feel for the movie.
The Bad Stuff?
Due to man’s ambitions for greatness, they go overboard and cross that boundary where no man should ever cross. Adam was originally built evil so his primal instincts are for death and destruction. This was apparent in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The challenge here is how to make an evil monster a protagonist by dragging his soft side into the movie. This is a big leap to take and I just hope Eckhart can deliver as he promised.
From what I hear, they do introduce a lot of monsters in the movie, but I am just hoping that we get to see some action from them too. I hate to get excited about them and its just a mention that they exist but nothing happens.