After it was reported that director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) was leaving the 20th Century Fox picture, Frankenstein, it seemed as if the production might stall out completely. Then, director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) was in talks to take over the helm as of the beginning of the month. Now, there are rumors that Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman in Black) is showing interest in a starring role in the Mary Shelley novel adaptation. Hit the jump to see who Radcliffe is reportedly interested in playing.
The Wrap writes that Radcliffe has set his sights on Hunchback, a lead role in McGuigan’s Frankenstein. However, they also write that this iteration is a “sci-fi take on this classic story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.” I’m not sure how much more sci-fi a fictional scientific account can become, but whatever. The Hunchback character is further described as “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clowns clothing.” Take the news with a grain of salt as it appears that the script is still in the process of being finalized and no serious talks with actors have begun.
With Levy’s exit, the big-budget adaptation likely goes with him. The studio is reportedly looking to trim the cost especially in the face of multiple competing Frankenstein projects (ie I, Frankenstein fronted by Aaron Eckhart). With Radcliffe having banked a lifetime’s worth of box office cheese over the course of the Harry Potter series, he’s willing and able to take on roles in these smaller movies, so his asking price might not be a deal-breaker. There is no word yet as to whether original screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle) is still involved or if McGuigan is looking for a rewrite.