has revealed that his take on the Victor Frankenstein story will be a rollercoaster of emotions.
The Chronicle screenwriter has been tapped to handle scripting duties on director 's (Sherlock) adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel. During his interview with Ain't It Cool News, Landis explained that he intends to inject a little "fun" into the Frankenstein story and also intends to make the movie "sad" and "scary". He said of the project:
It's not some 'dark and gritty retelling/bad ass action reimagining,' that's not what I do, that's not what I'm interested in writing. Sure, a lot of my stuff is dark, and this does have dark bits and bad ass action, but it's ultimately about characters.
Landis explained that this version of Shelley's tale will be told from the perspective of Dr. Frankenstein's assistant Igor, whom Harry Potter star is reportedly in talks to star as in the movie:
Why not do it in an intelligent, hopefully, thoughtful way, about friendship and science, genius and madness, love and ambition, life and death? Why not use that imaginary, fairy dust framework of 'guy with hunchbacked assistant makes monster' and make it fun, sad, scary and hopefully, I really hope this, moving.
The last time someone tried to make this less of a horror and more heartwarming was the garbage that came out of 's mind with staring as Frankenstein. That was just awful. Frankenstein was ALWAYS meant to be a horror, that is what Shelley wrote. Making this about "friendship" and "love" doesn't exactly make me want to see it. What about you?
The production is expected to begin production later this fall, so stay close for updates.