Matt Reeves’s ‘Frankenstein’ Project Lumbers Forward with ‘Mean Creek’ Writer

Move over Snow White: there’s another literary character on the block looking to get a million film projects made about his trials and tribulations, and his name is Victor Frankenstein. It was just earlier today when we reported (with a surprisingly similar headline) on an adaptation of a Frankenstein-themed novel being put together by Sam Raimi, and now there’s more news about another being made by Summit Entertainment. This Dark Endeavor will be an adaptation of a Kenneth Oppel novel that is fully titled “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.”

While Raimi’s project explores the friendship between Frankenstein and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Summit’s story is about Frankenstein trying to save the life of his twin brother. In order to do so he must find an old alchemist, hang out with his brother’s main squeeze, and go on a dangerous journey to find the components for the Elixir of Life. There promises to be action, adventure, and a love triangle. Not bad for a book about a doctor.

The best news about this project is that Let Me In director Matt Reeves has signed on to direct. When I first heard that Hollywood was remaking Let the Right One In, I spent about ten minutes puking in a trashcan, but Reeves actually did a really good job with it. I went into that film feeling a strong bias against its very existence and came out thinking that it had matched the original in many ways and even surpassed it in a couple as well. Hearing that Reeves will be taking on another project with horror elements gives me that little tingle of excitement that I feel when I hear about something that might actually not suck. Plus, the novel is set to be adapted into a screenplay by Jacob Aaron Estes, the guy who wrote and directed the well-liked Mean Creek. With news that Universal is looking to put together a remake of their classic Frankenstein film, and Columbia is setting up to produce a modern retelling of the classic story, filmgoers are going to be knee deep in Frankenstein stories very soon. What’s your favorite flavor of the good doctor: classic, modern, the one about literature, or the one about the quest? [Deadline Baden-Baden]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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