200 years after Frankenstein, a tired biopic tries to breathe life into Mary Shelley

Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus, an exceptional piece of moody teenage fiction that the young Mary Shelley (née Godwin) first published anonymously in 1818, gave the world a new myth of creation gone wrong: the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist consumed by obsessions, and the nameless monster he brings…

Javier Bardem might play Frankenstein and/or his monster for Universal

It looks like Javier Bardem is going to be the latest A-list celebrity to join the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe. The 47-year-old Spanish actor is apparently in talks to “star as Frankenstein” in a spate of shared-universe films based upon the studio’s classic pantheon of monsters, according to Variety. And…

Fox changes the title of its Frankenstein show that’s not about Frankenstein (again)

As you might have learned from our previous coverage, Fox has a new show about a cop who gets killed in the line of duty and is then resurrected by questionable science. And while the network has probably had an opening credit sequence of a man visiting his own grave completed for months, it can’t seem to settle on a…

When Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolfman grew up into De Niro and Nicholson

Anyone is allowed to make a movie about Dracula. Same goes for Frankenstein’s Monster, as long as the creature doesn’t look too much like the James Whale model. (This may explain why the character has recently and bafflingly resembled Aaron Eckhart.) A Wolf Man would be fair game, too, if he doesn’t have the surname…

Micropics: 18 narrowly focused biopics that need to be made

The problem with biopics is that people’s lives don’t easily reduce to 120 minutes of film. While it’s not impossible for a “cradle to grave” biopic to work, it’s exceedingly difficult. That’s why some successful biopics have focused on a smaller part of their subjects’ lives. The biopic Steve Jobs—released this…

Cheap thrills and big shocks: The real-life roots of Penny Dreadful’s Creature

While the Victorian London of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful may seem to contain more ghouls than chimney sweeps, some of the show’s outlandish plotlines are based in the period’s strangest nonfiction. In particular, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster (referred to on the show as The Creature or Caliban) can trace his roots through…

Rules Of Engagement’s Adhir Kalyan cast in Fox’s non-Frankenstein Frankenstein series

Fox has begun to fill out the cast for its upcoming drama pilot Frankenstein, beginning with Rules Of Engagement regular Adhir Kalyan as a a brilliant man who reanimates the body of a deceased individual. Those unfamiliar with Fox’s devil-may-care approach toward public domain properties may assume this means that…

Fox is making a show called Frankenstein, but it’s not about that Frankenstein

There’s something about the idea of a mad scientist digging up a bunch of corpses, stitching them together to create a monster, and then bringing that monster back to life that really resonates with production companies. Maybe it’s because their constant digging up of old ideas and cramming them together to make new…