Bernard Rose Reinvents 'FRANKENSTEIN' Starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd and Danny Huston
FILM HOUSE GERMANY’S SUMMERSTORM ENTERTAINMENT AND BAD BADGER TO CO-PRODUCE WITH ECLECTIC PICTURES
Los Angeles, CA (September 23, 2014) – Bernard Rose (Candyman, ivans xtc.) is shooting a new, contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, it was announced by producers Gabriela Bacher (What A Man, The Devil’s Violinist), Heidi Jo Markel (Lovelace, Olympus Has Fallen) and Jennifer Holliday Morrison.
FRANKENSTEIN is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.
Rose is directing from his original script based on the novel. Xavier Samuel (Adore, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, upcoming: Fury) stars as Adam/The Monster, with Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy) as Elizabeth Frankenstein, longtime collaborator Danny Huston (American Horror Story: Coven, upcoming: Big Eyes) as Victor Frankenstein, and Tony Todd as Eddie, reuniting with his Candyman director Rose. Special Effects Make-up is designed by six-time Emmy nominee Randy Westgate (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
“This version is an existential roller coaster that is both emotional and terrifying,” says Rose. “Xavier is unquestionably one of the most talented actors of his generation, and he threw himself into this challenging part with tremendous commitment.”
“Giving this 200 year old masterpiece a unique twist has been an incredible experience,” says producer Gabriela Bacher. “Bernard is a visionary storyteller, and his script is terrifying, beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking.”
“While older versions of Frankenstein have focused on reanimating the dead, FRANKENSTEIN explores creating life from nothing – just as Mary Shelley originally imagined,” adds producer Heidi Jo Markel.
Having had great success in the horror genre with Candyman and spending the last several years creating compelling modern adaptations of Tolstoy including ivan’s xtc, Rose recently formed Bad Badger with attorney Jennifer Morrison to synthesize these two very different worlds. Says Morrison, “It is our intention to produce a slate of cutting edge horror films that will push the genre limits and be frightening and entertaining in equal measure.”
FRANKENSTEIN is produced by Gabriela Bacher for Summerstorm, Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic Pictures, Jennifer Holliday Morrison for Bad Badger, and Summmerstorm’s parent company, Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann. Conor Charles is co-producing for Eclectic Pictures. The companies are in final negotiations with Avi Lerner’s Nu Image to handle Worldwide Sales at the AFM.
Production wrapped on September 21 on location in Los Angeles.