Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, The Death and Return of Superman) has crafted a new take on the classic tale of Frankenstein and, directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), it is now set to star Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role…as Igor.
Yes, Igor. The hunch-backed lab assistant originated in the 1931 film Frankenstein (though he was known as “Fritz” in that film), but in Landis’ screenplay, he’s the primary character, rather than the Monster or Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Not much is known just yet about Landis’ script beyond that, other than the fact that, as /Film notes, “it’s a period piece and there’s one scene at a circus.”
Landis himself has given a vague breakdown of what his script achieves:
I began to pick apart our knowledge of Frankenstein and discovered that the public’s idea of this myth comes from a million different places…I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story. By the end of the day, yeah it’s a period piece, yes it’s from Igor’s perspective, but man it’s cool….it’s the best thing I’ve written.
And now Daniel Radcliffe has stepped into talks to star as the film’s lead, Igor, for 20th Century Fox. It will be another in an increasing line of surprising roles that Radcliffe is taking to distance himself from the public perception of “Harry Potter.”
The film is set to shoot this fall, making a 2015 release date very likely.
What do you think of the Frankenstein news, and of Radcliffe starring in it as Igor?