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Not looking to be outdone by the many other studios putting together Frankenstein projects, Fox has chosen a new director for their own creation. Paul McGuigan ('Lucky Number Slevin') has been hired to helm 'Frankenstein,' based of course on the novel by Mary Shelley. The script for this version of the tale was written by 'Chronicle's Max Landis and Shawn Levy was originally in place to direct. Landis has created a sci-fi revisionist version of Shelley's story, one that will focus on the themes of friendship and redemption. McGuigan recently helmed the BBC series 'Sherlock' starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
This is great news! True though it is that there are umpteen Frankenstein films in production, Fox's iteration just leaped several steps up in my estimation. The sci-fi revisionist angle at first had me a bit skeptical, but Landis proved with 'Chronicle' that he can take on sci-fi themes with a tremendous amount of emotional resonance and plenty of well-rounded characters. Plus, with all the other Frankenstein projects due out, this movie will have to distinguish itself in some way in order to not be lost in the shuffle. Not only that, but to say McGuigan is a trade up from Levy is something of an understatement. His work with the 'Sherlock' series has been phenomenal and I still maintain that 'Lucky Number Slevin' is a terrific crime thriller that never got as much attention as it deserved. Levy on the other hand directed 'Real Steel,' the 'Night at the Museum' movies, and 'The Pink Panther' remake. You make the call there.
So do you agree McGuigan is a step up? Are you interested in this particular Frankenstein?