‘Frankenstein’ Screenwriter Says New Adaptation Will Be ‘Sad, Scary’

Max Landis said his take on the Frankenstein story will be sad, scary, and fun.

The Chronicle screenwriter has been tapped to handle scripting duties on director Paul McGuigan’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

During his interview with Ain’t It Cool News, Max Landis explained that he intends to inject a little “fun” into the Frankenstein story. The writer also stated he intends to make the film “sad” and “scary.”

He said of the project:

“It’s not some ‘dark and gritty retelling/bad ass action reimagining,’ that’s not what I do, that’s not what I’m interested in writing. Sure, a lot of my stuff is dark, and this does have dark bits and bad ass action, but it’s ultimately about characters.”

Max Landis explained that this version of Shelley’s tale will be told from the perspective of Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant Igor. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly in talks to star as the hunchback in McGuigan’s film.

The screenwriter said of the adaptation:

“Why not do it in an intelligent, hopefully, thoughtful way, about friendship and science, genius and madness, love and ambition, life and death? Why not use that imaginary, fairy dust framework of ‘guy with hunchbacked assistant makes monster’ and make it fun, sad, scary and hopefully, I really hope this, moving.”


The Inquisitr previously reported that Daniel Radcliffe is interested in tackling the role of Igor in the forthcoming project. However, nothing has been confirmed about the talented actor’s involvement with the production as of this writing.

According to Collider, the folks at 20th Century Fox hope to have Frankenstein in front of the camera by this fall. A release date will likely follow at some point in 2014.

Are you looking forward to screenwriter Max Landis’ take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? What do you think about Daniel Radcliffe portraying Igor in the upcoming adaptation?