Lakeshore takes on I, FRANKENSTEIN Film

You might remember us talking about a new contemporary monster film being developed based on a comic book called I' Frankenstein last year. Today we received word that Lakeshore Entertainment has jumped on board to help bring this film to life. 

The contemporary fantasy thriller tells the story of the original monster of Victor Frankenstein, who stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.

Kevin Grevioux wrote the srcreenplay adaptation, and the film will be directed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos.

I think this could end up being a pretty cool movie, here are a few things that we've heard about the movie from a interview that Grevioux gave last year, that will give you an idea of what to expect.

  • The story will take place in a modern day setting.
  • It will involve classic monsters of lore, like vampires, werewolves, mummies, goblins, ghosts, things of that nature. Frankenstein's going to be involved with them.
  • For the part of Frankenstein they want a bigger guy, anywhere from 6'2" to 6'6", a tad bit intimidating, someone who could act obviously, has a witty banter about him.
  • It will be a straight-forward action film that's really going to raise eyebrows.

You can check out some previously released concept art for the film Here. I can't wait to see how this movie turns out!

One other side note that I thought I should point out is that this film is being produced by Robert Sanchez of IESB and Ryan Turek from Shock Till You Drop which I thought was pretty cool. 

Here is the full press release.

“I, FRANKENSTEIN” LIVES AT LAKESHORE

LOS ANGELES, CA (Feb 1, 2010) – Lakeshore Entertainment’s chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg announced today that Lakeshore will re-team with writer / actor Kevin Grevioux and director / award-winning special effects designer Patrick Tatopoulos of the UNDERWORLD franchise on I, FRANKENSTEIN. Production is scheduled to begin in July of 2010.

I, FRANKENSTEIN is a contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.

“Patrick Tatopoulos made his directorial debut with us on UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS and Tom and I were so pleased that we have been looking for another opportunity to work with Patrick”, said Gary Lucchesi, President of Lakeshore. “When Kevin Grevioux and Robert Sanchez presented us with I, FRANKENSTEIN we knew immediately that this was a great and original franchise that could best utilize Patrick’s extraordinary talent and vision.”

An original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux, I, FRANKENSTEIN, based on Grevioux’s upcoming Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name, will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and RichardWright. Patrick Tatopoulos is attached to direct with Kevin Grevioux and Robert Sanchez attached as executive producers.

Tatopoulos commented “It is a privilege to be given the chance to direct this highly visual piece. Kevin Grevioux has created something truly special with I, FRANKENSTEIN and I couldn’t dream of a better team than my friends at Lakeshore to make this project happen.”

“The re-imagining of the Frankenstein mythos and the diverse creatures of legend is a dream project for me”, said Grevioux. “I’m blessed and thankful that both Tom and Gary really sparked to the material and recognized this property’s potential as not only a film, but a launch pad for various multi-media platforms. And a chance to work with such a visionary titan as Patrick again makes this experience even more amazing.”

Grevioux is repped by Scott Agostoni of WME. Tatopoulos is repped by Emile Gladstone of ICM.

About Lakeshore Entertainment:
Lakeshore Entertainment is a leading independent production, finance and international sales and distribution company. Founded in 1994 by Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore has produced more than 60 films including the Academy Award® winning MILLION DOLLAR BABY as well as THE UGLY TRUTH, RUNAWAY BRIDE, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, the UNDERWORLD franchise, EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, CRANK, THE GIFT, HUMAN STAIN and ARLINGTON ROAD.

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