I, Frankenstein hits cinemas 29th of January. Graeme gives us a quick overview of previous and future incarnations.
Few characters have made more appearances in film – or in any other media, for that matter – than the monstrous green gentleman from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. From non-canonical sequels to traditional remakes and from comic books to comedy musicals, he makes Sherlock Holmes look lazy.
At the helm for 2015 version is Scottish director Paul McGuigan, who brought us the – come to think of it – cult classic Lucky Number Slevin. Lately, he’s directed a few episodes of the BBC’s immensely popular Sherlock series
How it will look is anyone’s guess. By now we’re long past the stage where filmmakers need to tread carefully around volatile fans and precious source material. More than a century after the first book-to-screen shift, Frankenstein is as open-source as it gets. Indeed, it seems the real trick that McGuigan and any other pretenders need to pull off is simply being noticed. It’ll have to big, bright and brilliantly entertaining, and with any luck we’re in for a no-pressure, guilt-free treat.
Check out the new trailer for I, Frankenstein out next Wednesday