Frankenstein's monster returning to big screen
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Sony Pictures the latest to tackle Shelley's famous horror... but will we recognize it?...
On October 29, news broke that Sony Pictures Co-President Matt Tolmach had stepped down from his post to sign a multi-year contract as a Sony producer. Tolmach's first course of action was to quickly join Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad as co-producers of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield. Now comes word of Tolmach's first studio pitch in his new role of producer - a revisiting of Mary Shelley's legendary horror novel Frankenstein.
Tolmach and Sony have pegged veritable unknown Craig Fernandez to write the script, who has yet achieve mainstream success but has been quickly cutting his cinematic teeth with an impressive lineup of screenplays. Fernandez just finished writing From Prada to Nada for Lionsgate, is currently adapting Octavia Butler's children novel Clay's Ark for Dreamworks, and also has an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous in his queue.
Worryingly, however, rumor has it that the pitch by Tolmach and Fernandez will portray Frankenstein's Monster in a "contemporary" light, an announcement that will certainly raise purists' eyebrows (see The Wiz, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory). Sony's last Frankenstein effort was subsidiary Tristar's 1994 film starring Robert DeNiro, which was released to decidedly-mixed reviews.
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