One of the cool things about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein being public domain is that anyone can do whatever they want with the property. One of the frightening things about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein being public domain is that anyone can do whatever they want with the property.
Right on the heels of The Wolfman's strong opening weekend, Variety reports that producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick want to take a crack at the famous story. Don't expect Victorian England though...they're going modern, adapting a book series written by Diet Stephen King himself, the one and only Dean Koontz. The plot?
"Project places the doctor -- a socially prominent and successful businessman -- and his super-human original creation Deucalion in modern-day New Orleans. The story centers on a pair of street-smart detectives who encounter Deucalion while investigating a murder, leading them to a bizarre array of "engineered" humans."
I knew that Koontz had written himself a Frankenstein book, but I had no idea this was a series, with the fourth novel being published this summer (out of a planned six). I also have no intention of ever reading them unless you can change my mind. Go on. I dare you.
Cynical feelings about Koontz aside, I'm not opposed to a modern day retelling of Frankenstein. It's just hard to quiver in geeky anticipation when the source material is a "re-imagining" and the guys who own the rights were behind Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes and Fox's Fantastic Four abominations. Hey...these guys really know how to make a monster! RIMSHOT!
Frankenstein is one of the cornerstones of genre fiction and one of the first stories to successfully blend horror and science fiction. I have a right to be cranky about it. I'll just continue to hold out hope for the Guillermo Del Toro directed, Rick Baker designed, Universal Produced, Boris Karloff-inspired Frankenstein that is presumably floating around Hollywood right now. Because all we can do is hope, right?