According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment has bought the script and is readying an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux's Darkstorm comic series "I, Frankenstein."
"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" director Patrick Tatopoulos will be directing from a screenplay written by Grevioux. Production is scheduled to begin in July of this year.
"I, Frankenstein" is a contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.
Published by Darkstorm, the comic brings together classic monsters including the Frankenstein monster, the Invisible Man, and Dracula, in a contemporary film noir setting. Frankenstein has evolved, learned how to control his anger, and acts as a private investigator. Dracula, meanwhile, is a kingpin of crime, and the Invisible Man is a secret agent.
"It is a privilege to be given the chance to direct this highly visual piece," Tatopoulos said about the news. "Grevioux has created something truly special with 'I, Frankenstein' and I couldn’t dream of a better team than my friends at Lakeshore to make this project happen."
Could the possibility of more than one film in the "I, Frankenstein: story be in the works? Gary Lucchesi, President of Lakeshore Entertainment said this :
“When Kevin Grevioux and Robert Sanchez presented us with 'I, Frankenstein' we knew immediately that this was a great and original franchise that could best utilize Patrick’s extraordinary talent and vision.”
It does indeed sound like an original franchise concept and will be different from the several dozen remakes and reboots we will be dealing with over the course of the next few years.
It's funny to see how popular the comic book medium has become for the film industry when even obscure and not-even-released comics are becoming films. Exciting times!
There is no official release date for "I, Frankenstein" yet.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: First Showing, Screen Rant