We’ve got a Frankenstein TV show being developed over at Fox, the movie Mary Shelley’s Monster starring Sophie Turner and possibly that Frankenstein film Guillermo del Toro keeps talking about as well, but Daniel Radcliffe insists that his October 2, 2015 release, Victor Frankenstein, will be a standout.
Thanks to the official synopsis released back in June, we know that the story will be told from Igor’s (Radcliffe) perspective, chronicling his “redemptive friendship” with medical student Victor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy) during which he witnesses him become the legend we know today. While talking to Radcliffe about his latest release, Horns, he revealed a few additional details on the film. Hit the jump for more on Victor Frankenstein.
“I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it’s much more a film about – the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James’ character and I. Victor and Igor are two people who come to need each other very much. The thing for me of the movie is actually about creation and, you know, Igor, my character, is taken out of this horrible abused life at the beginning of the movie and James sort of saves him and gives him this new life, sort of creating him in some sense, in creating this life that he has, and so because of that and because of the life he’s been saved from, Igor feels forever that he has this sort of debt of loyalty and the film then becomes about how much can that debt be pushed? How much can that loyalty be pushed before – at what point do you have to step out from the shadows of the person that created you and go, ‘I am my own person?’ Or, do you forever defer to the person that is responsible for your life? So it’s sort of, it’s a film about relationships set against the backdrop of creating monsters.”
Radcliffe also explained how Frankenstein’s monster fits in:
“One of the biggest differences between us and other Frankensteins will be that, generally speaking, the main relationship is between Frankenstein and the monster and the monster is created in the middle of the movie, and in our version it’s created right at the end and the journey up to that is really about how we come to that eventual idea. I’ve heard other people call it kind of an origin story for Frankenstein, but it’s an origin story for a Frankenstein you have never met before, if that helps. The quote that I got in trouble with with the producers was saying, ‘If you like the book, you’ll hate the movie.’ [Laughs]”
It seems as though that relationship will be the heart of the film, but Radcliffe also noted:
“There is a lot of action in it as well.”
It does sound like this could be a worthy spin on the classic. Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt that both Radcliffe and McAvoy are delivering especially strong material this year. At this point, I’d see anything with the two of them in the lead roles.