The upcoming Lionsgate film ‘Jekyll‘ has just gotten a fresh infusion of talent as Ruben Fleischer (‘Zombieland’,’Gangster Squad’) will be sitting in the director’s chair for the film which is based off the critically acclaimed 2007 BBC One series. The movie already has one piece of talent lined up to star as Chris Evans (‘Captain America: Civil War’,’The Avengers: Age of Ultron’) has been set to play the central role of Tom Jackman since July. It will be interesting to see when they have this planned to be filmed as Fleischer is also scheduled to work on ‘Zombieland 2’ while Universal has Russell Crowe set to be Dr. Jekyll in their newly rebooted cinematic classic horror universe.
Oh, and of course we don’t know what Evans will be doing for Marvel Studios in the near future assuming Captain America survives ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and gets a contract extension.
Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry have put together a script based off of the Steven Moffat miniseries and the film has Marc Platt, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jeff Kleeman on board to produce.
For those unfamiliar with the BBC miniseries, it didn’t directly follow the novella which made the character famous and followed Jackman who is a descendant of Jekyll living in modern times. He is showing signs of the split personality which his family is known for. He secludes himself from life, abandoning his wife and children to deal with the curse on his own. The two personalities leave notes for one another in the form of recorded audio and things go from uncomfortable to complicated when Jackman returns to his house and Hyde regains control of their shared body.
A dark tale which captured the essence of the original and redone in modern times that worked could be a great way to see Evans flex his acting chops after playing the star spangled hero for Marvel in recent years.
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