The film revolves around a group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities who hide from a U.S. government agency in Hong Kong. They must use their different talents and band together to try to escape the control of the division.
Twentieth Century Fox is flying in a few actors to London to read for director Paul McGuigan and Fox brass for the role of Victor Von Frankenstein.
Deadline is hearing that the two actors who’ve been brought over for this are “Boardwalk Empire‘s” Jack Huston, pictured above, and Toby Kebbell, below, whose breakout was the Guy Ritchie-directed RocknRolla.
Daniel Radcliffe is going to play Igor in the new Frankenstein saga and John Davis’s Davis Entertainment is producing.
Studio insiders caution that list might be expanded, but they’re hearing that the decision will be made this week or next.
Fox scheduled the pic for October 14, 2014. READ MORE
Harry Potter and The Woman in Black star Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly interested in playing the lead role of Hunchback in Paul McGuigan’s revisionist take on the classic tale Frankenstein, which is in the works over at Twentieth Century Fox, reports The Wrap.
A person familiar with the project told site that the focus for now is getting a finalized script for the film at which point serious talks will begin with actors. Earlier this month, McGuigan signed on to direct the film for Fox and producers Davis Entertainment. Shawn Levy was previously attached to the project but reportedly parted ways with Fox over budget issues.
Based on a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel of the same name, reportedly puts a sci-fi take on this classic story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.
Hunchback is described as pathologically dirty and dressed in old clowns clothing.
Several dozen other “Frankenstein”-based projects are in the works in Hollywood.
Turns out that $80 million budget was a sticking point after all! Shawn Levy’s Frankenstein no longer has the whole “Shawn Levy” component to contend with. Fox decided (sensibly) that their tale penned by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, would be better served going a more economic route. Enter new director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin).
Per Variety, “Levy wanted a big-budget version of the classic monster tale, according to sources close to the project, while Fox wants to keep costs on the project down.”
Earlier this year, the now departed Levy explained how they’re going to create the monster, while also teasing multiple Franks, “In the case of ‘Frankenstein,’ my whole approach is based on a mo-cap SimulCam playback so that it’s not a dude with scars on his face. It’s not just kind of latex and a costume; it would be a motion-capture performance of the monster—I can give away maybe not too much by saying there’s more than one in our version—and then I would go to Europe, shoot the movie, do scenes with the real actors and I would be able to see the motion-captured monster in real time due to SimulCam, so yes that is our technological VFX paradigm for Frankenstein.”
No word on if those Levy plans have changed. A smaller budget would indicate that they might. If so, I imagine Landis (or whomever) is doing a rewrite as we speak.