While author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley is best known to most people as the author of classic horror novel Frankenstein, she is actually much more. She was the daughter of philosopher William Godwin, and feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft, and herself an intellectual and feminist in a time when such opinions were quite unpopular. At the age of 17, Mary engaged in a torrid and passionate love affair with the married poet Percy Shelley, with whom she had a child and only herself married after Percy's wife Harriet committed suicide. While the Shelley's had three children, only one survived in to adulthood, and Percy Shelley himself drowned in a sailing accident in 1822. Mary Shelley's life was a difficult one, but through it all, she wrote some of the most exceptional novels in literary history. Mary Shelley died of a brain tumor at the age of 53.
So obviously, it was only a matter of time before Shelley's story was turned into a feature film! A Storm in the Stars, directed by the first female director from Saudi Arabia, Haifaa al-Mansour, will star Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley. The film aims to focus on Mary and Percy Shelley's romance, as well as he role as the author of Frankenstein. The script for A Storm in the Stars was written by Emma Jensen and according to The Hollywood Reporter, hopes to begin shooting in 2015.
Mary Shelley's story was briefly touched on once before, in the 1986 Ken Russell film, Gothic, which starred Natasha Richardson as Shelley.