Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde continues to be a hot property even though it’s 124-years-old. Heat Vision reports that Skydance Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and producer Mark Gordon are working to adapt Cole Haddon’s comic The Strange Case of Hyde. Hyde “seeks to give it a fresh take by making the split personality the center of a Victorian-era action-adventure that sees him go head-to-head against a historical villain.” Alan Moore and his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen could not be reached for comment.
Hit the jump for more on this project as well other Jekyll-Hyde projects in development.
Said Haddon (who will also write the screenplay):
Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn’t been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century. I’m excited to be playing a part in restoring him to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain.”
It’s a good thing Mr. Haddon is stepping in because the schizophrenic murderer is a rarity in modern cinema. Dark Horse is set to unveil the book at Comic-Con.
Over a year ago, there was word that Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) was working on Jekyll and Hyde starring Forest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. In April, Last House on the Left director Dennis Iliadis took over for Nicholas Winding Refn in helming Jekyll starring Keanu Reeves. Both films are in the horror genre as opposed to The Strange Case of Hyde, which wants to set up Hyde as an anti-hero.