Lakeshore Entertainment, the production-financing outfit behind the Underworld movie series, is readying what it hopes will be its next action-horror franchise with I, Frankenstein.
The company has picked up the script for the comic book adaptation from Death Ray Films, which began developing the project in April with intentions to begin shooting this July.
The film version is based on a comic from Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, who penned the script for both I, Frankenstein and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Patrick Tatopoulos is attached to direct.
The project brings together classic monster characters â€” including the Frankenstein monster, the Invisible Man, Dracula and the Hunchback of Notre Dame â€” in a contemporary film noir setting.
The monster, for example, has evolved; he has learned how to control his anger and is a private investigator. Dracula, meanwhile, is a crime kingpin. The story sees the monster as the only thing standing between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures.
Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Richard Wright are producing. Grevioux is exec producing with Death Rayâ€™s Robert Sanchez. Shock Till You Drop's own Ryan "Rotten" Turek and Chris Patton are associate producers of the project.
Lakeshore and Screen Gems are also developing a fourth installment of Underworld with scribe John Hlavin. More on that when we hear it.
Source: THR Heat Vision Blog