Lionsgate announced today that the adaptation of Kevin Grevious’ graphic novel I, Frankenstein has been moved from its September 13, 2013 release date and will now hit theaters January 24, 2014.
The film was once slated for February 22, 2013 before being pushed to the September 13th window. This (hopefully) final push means that fans have to wait a full 11 months longer than they were originally planning on. A press release indicating the change briefly addressed the reasoning. Check out that statement below.
The film’s franchise potential, given its large scale premise, setting and creative elements are perfectly aligned with the 3D experience and the studio wants to put forth the best version of the film possible to audiences.
Stuart Beattie, the man behind 30 Days Of Night, wrote and directed the film which shot over ten weeks last summer. The story is set in a dystopic present where gargoyles and demons battle for ultimate power. Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), finds himself caught in the middle as both sides attempt to discover the secret to his immortality.
Eckhart’s already played a monster of sorts with Two-Face, but I’m really excited to see him take on this role. He’s a talented actor who can shine when it comes to something like this. Frankenstein’s monster is almost always played as a conflicted character, but this story will have an especially interesting take on the beast as he’s repainted as a savoir. It’d take a talented actor to pull that off, and I think Eckhart is the right man for the job.
The new release date, while it may seem far in advance, already has Open Road Films’ action thriller Ten scheduled, meaning I, Frankenstein will have at least that film to compete with for box office supremacy.
The film also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young.
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