Back in 2004, author Dean Koontz created a modern day adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” that was originally intended as a TV movie and a potential series on USA. When Koontz eventually left the project over creative differences, he took the concept and went on to write five “Frankenstein” novels that continued his story.
According to Deadline, Koontz’s “Frankenstein” is getting a second chance on TV courtesy of TNT and Lionsgate. The potential television series will also take place in the present and serve as a sequel of sorts to the Shelley original.
In Koontz’s “Frankenstein,” both the creature and Dr. Frankenstein himself have survived for over 200 years after their confrontation in the Arctic. Frankenstein now goes by the name Victor Helios as he continues his experiments in New Orleans. When the creature (now known as Deucalion) discovers that his creator is alive, he wakes a war against Helios in an attempt to end his life and undo his work.
The “Frankenstein” pilot is being written by James V. Hart and his son, Jake Hart. James V. Hart has previously written screenplays for Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the 1994 movie adaptation of Frankenstein. The Deadline report also notes that Hart also credits his son, Jake with coming up for the idea for Hook.
Photo Credit: Dean Koontz’s “Frankenstein” by Arthur Suydam
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