Timur Bekmambetov to Direct Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

Update: The project is not based on a pitch by Auburn. Vespa Pictures and its principles Jeff Vespa and Ilene Staple optioned the book, attached Auburn to adapt it for the screen, and then partnered with Timur to produce the film side-by-side.  All three will take producer credits.

We’re hearing that William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment is going out to various studios with a big screen adaptation of Peter Ackroyd‘s novel Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, which is a retelling of the Gothic horror classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley told in first person by Victor Frankenstein. Word on the tracking boards is that Wanted/Night Watch helmer Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct, although this remains officially unconfirmed. The project is based on a pitch by David Auburn, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright turned screenwriter responsible for the play Proof which was adapted into a 2005 John Madden film. He also wrote The Lake House.
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