TCA: John Logan Says He Wrote ‘Penny Dreadful’ After Re-Visiting “Poor Vengeful Monstrous Creature That Is Frankenstein”: Video

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 2:08pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905“I’m a total monster geek,” award-winning playwright turned go-to James Bond scriptwriter John Logan said when asked how he wound up  writing and exec producing Showtime’s psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful. The pay cable network has ordered eight episodes of the series that features some of literature’s most iconic monsters, including Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Gray. Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Billie Piper star.

Reading a lot of Wordsworth2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 8 led him to re-read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, he explained, adding, “I started thinking about why, almost 200 years later, we’re still reading ‘Frankenstein‘ and I think it’s because the monster breaks my heart. Growing up as a gay man before that was as socially acceptable as it is now, I knew what it was like not to feel socially acceptable, but the same thing that made me monstrous to some people made me who I was.”  Re-visting Frankenstein, he said, “I wept reading about the pathos and suffering of the poor, vengeful, monstrous creature.“ Read More »

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Fox Sets ‘Gone Girl’ Release For October 2014 And Shuffles Other Dates

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT

David Fincher’s Gone Girl will be released on October 3, 2014, Fox said this morning as it jiggered its release slate for next fall. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘I, Frankenstein’

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT

Aaron Eckhart stars as the stitched-together monster hero of Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein, which finds the classic Mary Shelley character using his inhuman martial arts skills to take on warring immortal clans. The CG-heavy modern-day action pic is directed by Collateral scribe Stuart Beattie and adapted by … Read More »

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‘Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

Now that her run on ITV & PBS’s Downton Abbey is over, Jessica Brown Findlay has landed her next period gig. She’ll play opposite Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoyRead More »

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James McAvoy Tapped By Fox To Play Victor Von Frankenstein

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox‘s search for the right actor to play Victor Von Frankenstein alongside Daniel Radliffe’s Igor in the Paul McGuigan-directed film has ended. The studio has chosen its X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy and the … Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell Eyed For Fox’s Frankenstein Film

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In olden times, when they looked for Frankenstein, there were angry townsfolk, pitchforks and torches. Now, it’s a couple of first-class airline tickets to fly a few actors … Read More »

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Fox Dates ‘Frankenstein’ & ‘Chipmunks 4,’ Sets 2017-2018 Animated Slate

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 4:08pm PDT

Following Disney/Pixar’s 2016-2018 animated slate announcement, 20th Century Fox has updated its release schedule through 2018. Ten untitled Fox/DreamWorks Animation/Blue Sky animated pics have been dated for 2017 and 2018, though only one will face off directly against Disney, when the Untitled Fox/DreamWorks Animation/Blue Sky project goes head to head with Untitled Pixar Animation pic on June 16, 2017. Fox also set its Daniel Radcliffe-starring Frankenstein for October 17, 2014, and sequel Alvin & The Chipmunks 4 for December 11, 2015. Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem has been moved up from November 15, 2013, to October 25. The animated Day of the Dead-themed Book Of Life will arrive a week early, moving to October 3, 2014. Here’s the full Fox slate update: Read More »

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Screenwriter-Director Stuart Beattie Rejoins His Agent Martin Spencer At Resolution

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter-director Stuart Beattie has signed with Resolution. He follows his longtime agent Martin Spencer, who moved from CAA to join Jeff Berg’s agency start-up. Beattie’s credits include Collateral, Pirates Of The Caribbean, 30 Days Of Night, … Read More »

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Daniel Radcliffe Goes Igor In ‘Frankenstein’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:38pm PST
Mike Fleming

Daniel Radcliffe, having graduated from Hogwarts and the Harry Potter films, is in talks to play Igor in Frankenstein, 20th Century Fox‘s revamp of the Mary Shelley classic novel. Max Landis wrote it and John Davis is … Read More »

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TNT To Develop ‘Frankenstein’ Drama Series Based On Dean Koontz’s Novels

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 9:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dean Koontz Frankenstein TNTEXCLUSIVE: TNT has put in development Frankenstein, a drama series from Lionsgate Television and 1019 Entertainment based on the five Frankenstein novels by Dean Koontz, which have sold more than 20 million copies.

Feature writer James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son Jake Hart will write the project, a modern-day reworking of the classic Frankenstein mythology. It is set in present-day New Orleans and follows Victor Helios (Frankenstein) and his creation 200 years after they thought they killed each other in a battle in the Arctic. The creature has survived and Victor has used science to keep himself alive — and they’re now in the same city unbeknownst to each other. Victor has engineered a new race of bizarre beings who answer to him, and when the creature learns that Victor is alive, an epic war ensues built on 200 years of pent-up rage, with New Orleans caught in the middle. James Hart will executive produce alongside Koontz, whose books have sold more that 450 million copies worldwide, and 1019 Entertainment principals Terry Botwick and Ralph Winter. 1019  Entertainment acquired rights to Koontz’s Frankenstein book series in 2010 for what was originally envisioned as a feature franchise series.

Koontz’s Frankenstein actually originated on TV with the 2004 original movie/backdoor pilot Frankenstein on USA based on his concept, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by Marcus Nispel and starred Parker Posey, Vincent Perez and Thomas Kretschmann. It didn’t go to series, and a year later, Koontz launched his book series with Prodigal Son.

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Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ London Stage Play Coming To U.S. Cinemas For 2 Nights

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 2:57pm PDT

Frankenstein Benedict CumberbatchDanny Boyle‘s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas June 6-7. The two-night showing is presented by NCM’s Fathom Events, in collaboration with National Theatre Live and … Read More »

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‘Matilda The Musical’ Leads Olivier Awards

By | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 3:01pm PDT

With a record seven awards Matilda The Musical dominated tonight’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Based on the Roald Dahl children’s story about a child with psychokinetic powers, Matilda surpassed the previous record of six awards set in 1980 by Nicholas Nickleby. Best actress in a musical award went to four girls in Matlida’s cast: Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox, ages between 10 and 12 years old. They are believed to be the youngest ever winners of an Olivier Award. Director Matthew Warchus recieved his Olivier from James Earl Jones in New York via live link to the ceremony. In another shared honor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were jointly awarded best actor for roles in Frankenstein, alternating as Frankenstein and his creature.

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BEST REVIVAL – ANNA CHRISTIE at the Donmar Warehouse


BEST ACTRESS – RUTH WILSON for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse


BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – SHERIDAN SMITH for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – THE MATILDAS for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge (Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox)

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – BERTIE CARVEL for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL – NIGEL HARMAN for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane


BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL – CRAZY FOR YOU at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR – MATTHEW WARCHUS for Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge

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‘Chuck’ Star Yvonne Strahovski Sews Up ‘I, Frankenstein’ Lead

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 6:24pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski has been set for the female lead in I, Frankenstein. She’ll star opposite Aaron Eckhart, playing his love interest, a beautiful and gifted scientist. Stuart Beattie is directing and wrote the script based on the … Read More »

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Shawn Levy Eyeing Fox’s Frankenstein

Mike Fleming

As the 20th Century Fox 3D Fantastic Voyage continues to take forever to get underway (script is there, but it’s pricey and they’ve had trouble casting it), I’m hearing persuasively that director Shawn Levy will likely take another Fox film, … Read More »

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‘House’ EPs Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend Set Up Frankenstein Project At NBC

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 9:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dr. House can be a real pain in the ass, but he is not a monster. Well, that is exactly what veteran House writer-producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend have in mind for the leading man in their next series … Read More »

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In First Deal, Sony Buys Contemporary ‘Frankenstein’ For Matt Tolmach

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In the first project he has set at Sony Pictures Entertainment since exiting the co-president post to become a producer, Matt Tolmach is at the center of a preemptive pitch deal for Frankenstein. The film will be a contemporary … Read More »

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