As chronicled in the crazy, must-see documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, Richard Stanley (Hardware) was fired mere days into the production of 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, which was then taken over by director John Frankenheimer.
But all these years later, Stanley hasn’t given up hope. He still wants to bring HIS version of The Island of Dr. Moreau to the screen; and as he explained in a chat with Birth.Movies.Death., the pre-production process has already began!
“At this stage, I can’t say exactly by who, and how long it will take, but the project does live again, largely thanks to [Lost Soul director David Gregory],” Stanley told the site. “We’re currently scripting and designing the thing. It’s going to be an all-new screenplay and an all-new cast of beast-people; the original creatures are copyrighted by Warner Bros. I wasn’t particularly happy with them anyway. The final designs of the creatures in the Frankenheimer version were disappointing, and I think there’s huge room for improvement.”
He continued, “I’m hoping it will metamorphose into three feature films or six television hours. I’m actually pushing it toward the latter. I would prefer it to be on TV rather than as a theatrical movie or movies, because a) we would have less interference from the studio, and b) we could have an R-level product. I believe that going for the multiplex, it would have its teeth pulled and its nails cut again, and going to television, we could be pretty unrestrained in the way we approach the material.”
Stanley’s “definitive Moreau,” he also explained to the site, will put the beast-people at the forefront rather than the human characters.