We’ve known about Fox’s upcoming film ‘Frankenstein‘ for awhile and they’ve finally announced what the movie will actually be about as well as given us a slight name change. While the name is being slightly changed it really is just a change to the mad scientist’s full name, ‘Victor Frankenstein’. This modern day take stars James McAvoy (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘,’Wanted’) as the Victor trying to bring the dead to life and Daniel Radcliffe (‘The Woman in Black‘,’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’) as Igor whose eyes we will be viewing this through has always sounded pretty interesting from casting alone. Paul McGuigan (‘Push’,’Sherlock’) is helming the film that has a script by Max Landis (‘Chronicle‘,’Masters of Horror’) based off of Mary Shelley’s original work.
I’m sure this name change had nothing to do with further distinguishing itself from the film ‘I, Frankenstein‘ which was a waste not only of our time but of the actor’s time within it. (Aaron Eckhar and Bill Nighy you are both better than this!)
So now that we’ve seen the name change the real question is what will the movie be about? I mean honestly we all know Victor’s story but what will make this one different? Lets take a look at the official synopsis below!
James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in 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.
In an interview with Collider last month McAvoy expanded on his character as well. “Playing somebody who’s obsessed. Playing somebody who is transgressing, and who is really crossing moral lines and ethical lines. That’s always interesting.
Playing somebody, again, who is kind of manipulative and egotistical and thinks they’re the most important person in the world, and then you challenge that throughout the whole movie with the relationship he has with Igor, but then also the relationship he has with his creation, the monster, because that ultimately challenges his belief in himself and his belief that what he’s doing is right.”
I think shifting the point of view from either the monster or Victor to looking through the eyes of Igor is a smart move. It isn’t something you see that often in the mythos and with the actors involved I have to say that I’m looking forward to it. What McAvoy has to say about how Victor will be really should make the interaction between Victor and Igor great for viewers to see play out on screen and most likely have us feel highly empathetic to how Igor is being treated and how he acts throughout the entire process.
That’s just me though, what do you all think of this new take on ‘Victor Frankenstein’? Are you looking forward to something that could expunge ‘I, Frankenstein’ out of your mind? Do you watch ‘Penny Dreadful’ and think this could be a better or worse take on the character? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Dread Central