Guillermo Del Toro’s take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been in development stasis since about 2008, but it finally seems to be a go.
The director confirmed via Shock Till You Drop that his Frankenstein project with Universal is back on track.
“Yeah, actually [Universal Pictures Co-Chairman] Donna Langley just put us on track to write the screenplay. So, we’re going to start writing the script. It’s a very long endeavor for me; it’s going to require a couple of years just to write it. But it’s been put back on track by Donna,” De Toro said.
Del Toro also said that Frankenstein has staying power thanks to the iconic, and universal, character. “ ... You can do Frankenstein as a metaphor for consumerism. You can do Frankenstein as a metaphor for the loneliness of man. You can do Frankenstein as a metaphor for consumerism. You can do Sherlock Holmes in London 2012. You can do Sherlock Holmes in World War II. They are timeless. So Frankenstein is one of these characters, in this gallery, that belong to humanity. Their stories will be repeated time and again, and we will be telling them for as long as we are human,” he said.
When asked if he plans to be faithful to the book, the director proceeds carefully, so as not to promise too much, “I’m being very faithful to trying to encompass the whole narrative of the novel. I’m being very faithful in that I’m trying to capture the spirit of the novel, when I read it as a kid, and how it impacted me.”
As for his Hulk TV project, he's hopeful. “Right now officially what I know – and I’m not hiding anything off the record or anything – is that we were told we were waiting for this writer, and we were going to do it with him,” he said.
The director and comic book legend Stan Lee spoke to FEARnet about the Hulk tv project at Comic-Con. Del Toro was adamant about this Hulk “being real and being now” while Stan Lee said, “Hulk is really about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde … the two selves are always in conflict and I think that’s something that people can understand and relate to.” Watch their interviews.