Guillermo Del Toro is one of those filmmakers who can get the internet buzzing with the mere mention of a possible upcoming project. It seems he recently spoke with MTV and mentioned that he has a keen interest in directing an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sometime in the near future. In fact, he has already started “pre-production” (if you can call it that) by sketching out some drawings of what his version of Frankenstein’s monster might look like. However, he hasn’t been able to write anything as a result of the writer’s strike, so his preparation for the project has been somewhat limited thus far.
It remains to be seen whether or not this production actually exists anywhere other than in his head right now, but I assume that if he was serious about it, there aren’t many studios that would turn the man down. Strangely, he did also hint that he thinks the best way to adapt Shelley’s novel is with a four-hour mini-series, although he then went on to say “there permutations in which you can tell the myth in a different way”. Whatever that means.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Del Toro’s take on Frankenstein is something I’d be eager to see. I can recall seeing the 1994 Kenneth Branaugh adaptation at the theatre with my high school English class, and although the movie was mostly panned, it’s the only relatively serious modern version of the story I’ve seen (I think there was a TV adaptation a couple years ago too). Bring back Bobby De Niro as The Creature!
As a side note, I’d also be interested in seeing Guillermo Del Toro direct a Drinkenstein movie starring Sylvester Stallone.