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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ames McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe are to star in a new adventure film based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The film, which is due to start shooting in January 2014, will be written by Max Landis and directed by Paul McGuigan, who replaces Shawn Levy.
Levy apparently wanted to make the film a Hollywood big budget affair, but the studios (Twentieth Century Fox and Davis Entertainment) had other ideas; they decided to make a low budget movie instead, and hired McGuigan for the job. This formula worked well for Chronicle, which was also a co-production by Fox, Davis and Landis.
McAvoy talked about his role in the film as Victor Von Frankenstein during an interview with IGN. He also revealed a few details about the film, including how the movie will focus on Frankenstein’s relationship with his assistant Igor. Igor himself will be played by Daniel Radcliffe who like McAvoy is growing into a versatile actor. McAvoy was keen to stress that the film is a dark adventure and not a horror story; the brotherly relationship between the two main characters will be explored in detail and forms the backbone of the narrative. It is clear that while the film uses Shelley’s novel as inspiration, it will take a different path and focus on different elements.
Interesting adaptations of classic novels are always welcome, and this film sounds very intriguing. Hopefully one day someone will do something similar with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Frankenstein will be hitting cinemas in January 2015.