Bill Nighy Negotiating to Play the Villain in I, Frankenstein; Socratis Otto Joins the Cast
11.16.11 by BJSprecher
While there are currently eight adaptations of Mary Shelley's public domain monster novel, Frankenstein, in development at various studios, Lakeshore Entertainment's version, I, Frankenstein, will most likely be the first one to hit the big screen. The movie broke away from the rest of the pack last month with the casting of Aaron Eckhart as the misunderstood monster and the announcement that the production would commence principal photography in Australia in January, aimed at a February 22, 2013, release. Now, Variety has reported that Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is "in negotiations" to play the primary villain, with Socratis Otto (Anyone You Want) joining the cast as a minor villain.
I, Frankenstein is based on Kevin Grevioux's (Underworld) Darkstorm Comics series of the same name. The adapted screenplay was written by Stuart Beattie (30 Days of Night), who will also direct. The movie finds Shelley's monster, now called "Adam" (Eckhart), still
alive functioning in the modern era thanks to "a genetic quirk in his creation." Nighy is in talks to play a demon prince who sends his demonic henchman (Otto) in search of Adam in the hopes of learning the secret of the creature's reanimation so that he can build an army of "reanimated corpse demons."
Obviously, based on the desription of the characters, I, Frankenstein will be a decidely unique adaptation of Shelley's work, bringing together different monsters in much the same way Grevioux's Underworld brought together vampires and werewolves. Whether I, Frankenstein will have the same appeal as Underworld with a shambling corpse-man as the protagonist instead of Kate Beckinsale in skin-tight leather remains to be seen.