In the past six weeks, director Matt Reeves (Let Me In) has signed on to direct three new projects. In April, Reeves became attached to a film based off the short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning (which was also used as the basis for John Carpenter’s They Live), and an adaptation of the vampire novel The Passage. Today, Deadline reports that Reeves will direct an adaptation of Kenneth Oppel’s upcoming novel This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale, a young Victor Frankenstein sets out to find a mysterious alchemist and create the Elixir of Life in order to save his twin brother Konrad’s life. Victor goes on a dangerous adventure with Konrad and his friend Elizabeth. Thrills and love-triangles ensue.
Jacob Aaron Estes (The Details) wrote the script for Summit Entertainment. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
Here’s the official synopsis for This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein:
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.
Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another. [Amazon]