20th Century Fox’s bold new take on the Frankenstein tale, Victor Frankenstein, has been pushed back – again – this time to November, trading release dates with fellow Fox film The Martian. That means the UK might get the film nearly two months before its US release, as the UK date – so far – hasn’t budged.
Victor Frankenstein is written by Max Landis (Chronicle), whose long-delayed directorial debut Me Him Her had its world premiere last week at the Seattle International Film Festival, and directed by Paul McGuigan (Gangster No.1), best known of late for his work on TV’s Sherlock. James McAvoy (X-Men) plays the eponymous doctor, while Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays Igor in a film described as “a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel.
“Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.”
Of course, between Danny Boyle’s incredible stage production (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in alternating roles), Penny Dreadful‘s bold new take on the story, and the disastrous critical and commercial reception of I, Frankenstein, one wonders whether audiences have an appetite for yet another Frankenstein tale – even one with the combined star power of Radcliffe and McAvoy.