Though there are a number of projects that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been attached to over the years, one of the biggest and most promising is Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s novel is del Toro’s favorite book of all time, and he’s been very vocal about his passion for adapting the material. He’s spoken of plans to have Doug Jones fill the Monster role and there have been various updates every now and then, but del Toro has been so busy with other projects (At the Mountains of Madness, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim, etc.) that Frankenstein hasn’t yet come to pass.
Steve recently took part in an extremely lengthy and candid interview with del Toro on the set of his next film, Crimson Peak, and del Toro touched on his planned Frankenstein adaptation, revealing that Universal Pictures chairperson Donna Langley has approached him a few times about getting it going. Del Toro says he hasn’t made it yet because he’s “a chicken shit,” but added that when he does do Frankenstein (and also hopefully Bride of Frankenstein), he’ll drop everything else for three years to focus entirely on the monster pic. Hit the jump for more, including del Toro’s thoughts on how he would tackle a new Universal Monster Movie Universe.