With Universal’s The Wolfman bringing in over $30 Million in its first weekend, it’s only expected that other studios will be giving the green light to some interesting scripts involving some of Hollywood’s other classic monsters. The first news of that is that Dean Koontz’s best-selling Frankenstein book series, a 21st century spin on the classic tale, is getting an adaptation to the big screen.
According to Variety, the film may just put the good doctor and his creation into the passenger seat for a bigger murder plot.
Project places the doctor — a socially prominent and successful businessman — and his super-human original creation Deucalion in modern-day New Orleans. Winter and Botwick are aiming to launch a franchise. “These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theaters for many years to come,” the duo said.
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.
The original series spans over four books, the first trilogy being Prodigal Son, City of Night, and Dead and Alive. The second trilogy is set to begin publication in May with Lost Souls.
The film is being developed by Ralph Winter, who produced the X-Men trilogy among other films, and former president of Vanguard Films, Terry Botwick. The project is currently being produced under the 1019 Entertainment banner, who is currently producing the Sam Jackson film Same Kind Of Different As Me.