Variety reports today that a new TV series based on the classic book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is in the works. Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, two of the executive producers of the TV's House, are writing a script for a "modern day retelling" of the tale. The only question is -- will their new leading man be as imposing and fearsome as their famous doctor?
Universal Media Studios is linked to the project -- which makes sense, considering they own the rights to all the classic monster movies of yesteryear such as Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman and more. That UMS is the home for the proposed new TV series has further significance because they own the classic Frankenstein likeness that we all know and love. Would the rectangular green Bolt Head really "fit in" within a modern retelling? Maybe not, but after many alternate versions of the Monster over many movies and TV series, it'd be cool to see the classic version back.
The last TV Frankenstein I remember was a 2004 movie for the USA Network produced by Martin Scorsese and based on a story by Dean Koontz. It featured a very modern and sympathetic Monster called "Deucalion" played by Vincent Perez. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein itself was a pilot for an ongoing TV series, but the movie failed to set ratings records.
If this new series does make it to the small screen, it might have a lot of company -- according to Variety, there are currently at least 6 different "Frankenstein" productions in the works among major studios.