Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Gets New Title and Synopsis

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Neither audiences nor critics had much use for I, Frankenstein when it opened back in January. But fortunately for the classic monster, he’ll have another chance to win over audiences next year.

As Paul McGuigan puts the finishing touches on his version of the Frankenstein tale, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, it’s picked up both a new title and a new synopsis. Get the details after the jump.

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Popular and talented artist Ken Taylor will have his first solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas this week. After our exclusive debut from the show, a ton of new posters have now been revealed. Posters for Frankenstein, Predator, Fight Club, Das Boot and Catwoman join Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors to comprise a good portion of what fans and collectors will get to see come Friday May 30. Check out images from the Ken Taylor Mondo show below. Read More »

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Fox has set a whole group of new release dates, including one that suggests a load of confidence in Fantastic Four, which hasn’t even shot yet. A second Fantastic Four outing will now be seen in 2017, with a Wolverine sequel also set to hit screens again that year. And 2018 will have another of Fox’s Marvel films, but we don’t know which one at this point. Finally, there’s a mystery Ridley Scott film set for 2016 — is that Prometheus 2? Read More »

David Fincher

Briefly: Release dates have been given to two major films either currently in production, or about to start. The big one is David Fincher‘s latest, Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn It stars Ben Affleck as a husband accused of killing his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. Fincher is currently shooting and the film will be released October 3, 2014.

The second is Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis. Daniel Radcliffe is playing main character Igor while James McAvoy is Dr. Frankenstein. That film will be out January 16, 2015. [Film Stage]

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You won’t even need to see the credit card that says I, Frankenstein is from the creators of the Underworld films to get that series’ vibe from this trailer.

This film casts Aaron Eckhart as the best-looking Frankenstein monster ever in a story that goes with the now-standard over-inflation of stakes. In other words, this isn’t a tale about man overreaching his capability or encroaching on God’s territory by making his own creation; it’s about the THE END OF ALL MANKIND. Oh, and the Frankenstein monster has been around for two hundred years which, I guess, accounts for the fact that he’s grown to be so good-looking.

The first trailer features a lot of CG monsters and gargoyles, and no shortage of action glamour shots. Read More »

James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class

Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis, has just found its second lead.

James McAvoy has been cast as Dr. Frankenstein; he’ll share the screen with Daniel Radcliffe, who has long been attached to play Igor, the lead in this unique spin on the classic tale.

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Frankenstein

As a director, Guillermo Del Toro isn’t unusually prolific. He’s made eight films in the last two decades, which puts him comfortably between pre-Tree of Life Terrence Malick and post-Tree of Life Terrence Malick on the productivity scale. But at any given moment, he’s talking up so many intriguing projects that it’s easy to forget he can’t actually make them all at once.

Currently, he’s waiting for the opening of Pacific Rim while getting the pieces together for Crimson Peak. Beyond that, he’s also working on Dark Universe, Slaughterhouse Five, and possibly Hellboy 3 and Pacific Rim 2. All of which means it’ll probably be a while before he gets to Frankenstein, but he already has an idea of whom he wants to star when he does: Benedict Cumberbatch. Hit the jump for more deatils.

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I’m tempted to say that this news tidbit about Charlie Kaufman scripting a new take on Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse Five for Guillermo del Toro is the most ideal pairing you’ll read about today. Guillermo del Toro has been kicking around ideas for a Slaughterhouse Five adaptation for Universal for some time, thanks to a multi-picture deal he signed a few years back. It’s not one we’ve heard much about; At the Mountains of Madness took precedence after he left The Hobbit, and then there was Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and that possible Frankenstein adaptation. (More on that last one in a minute.)

Now the director says he’s got a vision for adapting the book — which features WWII soldier Billy Pilgrim, who becomes “unstuck in time,” living through periods of his life in haphazard fashion.And Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Synecdoche, NY) could write it… when the money is there. Read More »

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