Christopher Lee

Del Toro and Frankenstein

frankenstein-jj-001 We already talked about The Scifi Wire’s questions to Guillermo Del Toro about the Hobbit (see it here), next the topic changed to Frankenstein.

Changing the subject, you say with your proposed Frankenstein movie you want to bring in elements from the novel that haven't been depicted yet.

Del Toro: Mmm-hmm, but that is two separate conversations. One is, I would love to do, like, a miniseries of the novel. But the [feature-film] project I have at Universal is not that. The project I have at Universal is trying to approach the mythology from a different point of view. So what you will see will be seeing the Frankenstein myth, but from a side, like an oblique way. If I told you exactly what it is, then it will be completely surpriseless by the time it is announced. But it won't be the straight Frankenstein, I don't think (Scifi Wire).

I love the idea of Del Toro making a miniseries out of the book, because there is so much in the novel that would be hard to condense into feature film.  This sounds like a Mary Reilly version of Frankenstein, and I am not sure that even Del Toro could pull that off and make it interesting.

Not through Victor Frankenstein's eyes, not through the monster's eyes, but somebody outside the bubble?

Del Toro: [laughs] It's not exactly Mary Reilly. It's not Igor's diary. No, but it's an ancillary story to ... Frankenstein, but it is period. ... (Scifi Wire)

Oh… ok, I am not sure how the Frankenstein myth could be told in this sort of oblique way unless it is told from the point of view of Igor or a villager.  I might have to read the book again to see if I can find clues to what he might be talking about.

So what is he planning to do?

It won't be the sympathetic-monster kind of thing?

Del Toro: Oh, you know, I think that we're going to go both ways. One of the things I love about Frankenstein is that the incarnations can vary so greatly. The greatest soulless monster of Frankenstein has always been Christopher Lee, because when he stares at you, there's really nobody home. It's literally one of the scariest moments I remember as a kid. I thought, "Oh, my God, this thing is not human." And the opposite, the complete polar opposite, is Boris Karloff, who is more human than humans. So you will have both those vibes in the piece (Scifi Wire).

So it will be a Christopher Lee meets Boris Karloff in a Frankenstein movie told in an oblique way… that isn’t hard to wrap your head around this idea unless you are not Del Toro himself.  I am not sure I see what he is planning to do.

DVD Releases: October 28th, 2008

Not a whole lot out this week but several DVD’s to go on my rent list:


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Theater or Renter: Star Wars The Clone Wars

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I love all of the new footage and perspective that is in all of the trailers and special commentary for this movie.  I do have some concern though that this project might be a little too kidsy and more in the vein of the Ewoks & Droids Animated Adventure or the Ewok Adventures - Caravan of Courage movies.

Release Date:   August 15

Listed as:  Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros., Lucasfilm Animation

Director: Dave Filoni

Produced by: George Lucas, Catherine Winder

Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Ashley Drane, Tom Kane, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson

The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt’s son is taken by a group of renegades.  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt’s son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin’s apprentice.   (The Official Site)

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