20th Century Fox has thrown its hat into the Frankenstein ring, hiring Max Landis (Chronicle) to pen a take on the Mary Shelley 1818 classic. Per Variety, the project is still in its infancy and the studio has yet to even put together a list of front-runners for the director’s chair. Nevertheless, the report claims that Fox is looking to land a big name, citing Paul Greengrass, David Yates, and even Ron Howard (who is apparently interested in every project currently circling Hollywood) as potential candidates for the gig.
Although the plot details surrounding Landis’ untitled take are currently under wraps, soon you may be able to crack the code simply by process of elimination. As of now, there are several Frankenstein projects in development (no surprise, as the classic tale resides in the public domain) including: playwright David Auburn’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, author Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Sony Pictures’ contemporary version, and the take Guillermo del Toro has been working on at Universal. Davis Entertainment will produce Landis’ version with Fox set to distribute.