As Universal pushes back its entire ‘Monster-verse’ by a year, another studio is stepping up to provide audiences with a new take on one of those iconic creatures. 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein reboot began its campaign to stand apart from the crowd (there’s also a Frankenstein TV series floating about in development) when star Daniel Radcliffe enthusiastically spoke out on the film’s action-packed angle. And now you can add ‘funny’ and ‘dark’ into the list of descriptors, as a new spread in Empire Magazine reveals further details on the monster movie.
This new iteration of Mary Shelley’s classic tome is directed by Paul McGuigan (Push) based on a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), and tells the story of mad scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his long-suffering assistant Igor (Radcliffe). That quartet of names alone promise stellar genre twists on the familiar material, and if the man behind the titular genius is right, it’s also packing in a few chuckles:
“As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” McAvoy tells Empire. “That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.”
The article and its accompanying images – which you can view in the gallery above – arrive hot on the heels of Fox’s explosive CinemaCon presentation yesterday. At the industry event, studio brass unveiled a lengthy chunk of footage to the crowd and the response has thus far been incredibly positive, which indicates we might see a trailer hit the web shortly.
Co-starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss and Freddie Fox, Victor Frankenstein opens on October 2.
When Dr. Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his trusted assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) go too far in their noble attempts to aid humanity, Victor’s obsession turns to madness. He then unleashes his final creation –a monstrous figure that holds unimaginable terror for anyone its path.