Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is in the public domain. Anyone can adapt it, anyone can alter it, and you’re free to do what you want with the project and still call it Frankenstein. But why be creative when you can pay fast-food fiction writer Dean Koontz money and adapt his take on the work so you can develop it into a franchise? According to Variety, that’s the business decision producers Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick are making. So Koontz’s spin has to be pretty impressive right? Here’s what Variety says:
Project places the doctor — a socially prominent and successful businessman — and his super-human original creation Deucalion in modern-day New Orleans. The story centers on a pair of street-smart detectives who encounter Deucalion while investigating a murder, leading them to a bizarre array of “engineered” humans.
You can tell Koontz is really invested in the story because he wrote the first book, Prodigal Son, in 2005 and two of his thirteen books since then have been in this series.