Several 'Frankenstein' films are in development, and none of them are opting for cheap thrills. Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn ('Proof') is scripting an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel 'The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein,' while 'Pan's Labyrinth' director Guillermo del Toro is developing a remake of the classic 1931 Boris Karloff flick, Deadline reports.
Multiple other 'Frankenstein' projects are in development, including Summit Entertainment's adaptation of 'This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein' and 'Ladder 49' director Jay Russell's take on the graphic novel 'Wake the Dead.'
'The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein' focuses on the good doctor's youth, during which he begins experimenting with corpses and meets English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose wife Mary went on to write the book 'Frankenstein.' With ghoul expert Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures set to produce and Auburn at work on the script, this project seems like it could be the first to really get off the ground, though it's unlikely the period drama will derail del Toro's more traditional monster movie.