The 1996 adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau is one of the greatest debacles in film history with out of control actors (Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in this instance) and an unsatisfied director (Richard Stanley). The experience of the making of the film has been well documented in the pages of Fangoria and other magazines – I definitely suggest you look it up if you don’t know the history.
That said, Hollywood is going to try another adaptation. We’ve received a few already: Island of the Lost Souls, being the best, and 1977’s The Island of Dr. Moreau with Burt Lancaster and Michael York. Maybe it’s time for an update?
Enter Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way…
According to Deadline, the companies have tapped Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy to pen another take on the H.G. Wells novel.
The duo recently gave us Hemlock Grove and will tackle this tale of a scientist and his efforts to create human-animal hybrids. The site adds that with this adaptation, “The intention is to make it a sci-fi film with a topical ecological message.”