Kevin Grevioux

I Frankenstein

Where to begin? In 1795 Dr. Frankenstein creates a “monster” (Aaron Eckhart) who, contrary to past representations, is a pretty boy with a few nasty scars. The doctor considers it a monstrous creation of science, and while we’re never shown exactly why that is he attempts to kill the creature for the betterment of mankind. The monster survives and, as revenge, murders the doctor’s wife. Sounds fair, right? That’s a part of Mary Shelley‘s classic novel, but in this retelling, that murder does not fit in at all. Writer/director Stuart Beattie‘s film is all about the monster being as human as the rest of us even as he’s on a path towards true humanity. The problem is you’ll never care. He shows no regret killing the good doctor’s wife, and in one of the unintentionally funniest bits of the film he shrugs off a cop’s death as no biggie. It’s a strange choice to have a character an audience is meant to root for act so nonchalant over something like this to the point that he even makes a sarcastic quip over the cop’s death. Beattie and Eckhart are trying to create an anti-hero, but Adam (as the monster comes to be known) is too villainous for too long. His character arc is a flatline making it difficult to invest in whether or not he’ll come to learn about himself or grow as a “person.” Adam is a character passively wandering through a bigger story, and that’s not engaging movie […]

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This week’s Comic-Con will finally give audiences their first real look at the upcoming I, Frankenstein, but Lionsgate is offering up a little tease before then. The studio has provided three new posters for the film that feature the three sides that duke it out over the course of the film – gargoyles (the good guys), demons (the bad guys), and Aaron Eckhart‘s titular monster (our immortal hero). Gargoyles fighting for justice is never not cool (the Gargoyles animated series is proof of that), but the monster vs. monster idea smacks more than a little of the Underworld series – two warring clans of gothic monsters with an undead hero caught in the middle. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense that I, Frankenstein comes from the same producers as the vampire-and-werewolf-brawl franchise, even if this film is an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux‘s similarly-titled graphic novel. And like we’ve written previously, Eckhart’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster (here referred to as “Adam Frankenstein”) looks more like a regular guy after a particularly ugly knife fight than he does a reanimated patchwork of various corpse parts, although the hoodie is kind of a cool touch. And it keeps with the film’s modern setting, an alternate version of the present full of monster battles and undead creations. You can check out the other two posters after the break.

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Yesterday, our own Cole Abaius reported on the possibility of Bill Nighy joining Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein as a demon, but before we get official word of Nighy going evil, Deadline Manchester reports that Yvonne Strahovski has signed on to play the female lead and principal love interest in the film. Best known for her work on television series Chuck, the role will continue Strahovski’s steady slip into more feature work (she recently co-starred in Killer Elite). Beattie wrote the script for the modern take on the Frankenstein’s monster tale, working off a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart is on board to play the monster (which any nerd worth their salt knows is not actually named Frankenstein, that name comes from the monster’s creator Dr. Victor Frankenstein, so I am at a bit of a loss when it comes to the name of this project), who wavers between his more hideous needs and a burning desire to be truly human. As if that wasn’t enough to make a monster go positively batty, he’s also being “pursued by demons wanting to gain the secret of his reanimated corpse.” Also? Those demons want to create an army of the undead. And I thought Mary Shelley’s novel had enough issues to keep the staggering one busy.

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Kevin Grevioux is best known for creating the Underworld franchise, which tells the story of a centuries-old war between the vampires and the werewolves. He doesn’t just limit himself to writing about ancient vampires and werewolves though, it turns out he also has a penchant for writing about an immortal version of the Frankenstein monster. His graphic novel, I, Frankenstein is about a character named Adam, who is basically Dr. Frankenstein’s creation (who has survived to present day because of some genetic quirk inherent in his creation), going about his journeys and finding himself coming upon a stylized Gothic metropolis. After he arrives in said city, he finds himself caught between two immortal clans who have been warring for centuries. See? Kevin Grevioux writes about all sorts of things. The big news about I, Frankenstein is that it’s being adapted into a feature film. It has been adapted for the screen and will be directed by veteran genre screenwriter Stuart Beattie and, according to a press release sent out by Lionsgate, it will be starring Aaron Eckhart as the Adam character. Beattie says of the story, “Mary Shelley’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.” Sounds like some pretty heady stuff. Luckily Lionsgate is confident that they’ve found the right actor to bring the character to life.

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Since I know that your life is not complete if you don’t get your morning news, I am happy to be back with you on this fine Monday morning for this week’s first Early Edition.

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Rhona Mitra in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Our video team snuck onto the press line for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and scored a few moments with stars Rhona Mitra and Bill Nighy, director Patrick Tatopoulous and writer/star Kevin Grevioux.

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