Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro director wants to put together his own adaptation of author Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. He also wants Benedict Cumberbatch to help him make it.
The filmmaker seems to be all over the place these days. Not only is he preparing to unleash his robots vs. monsters flick into theaters, del Toro is also developing a haunted house movie called Crimson Peak and a TV series based on his novel Strain. The guy is seriously busy.
If all of this wasn’t enough to keep him busy for several years, Guillermo del Toro is currently considering another big-screen version of Frankenstein. According to The Playlist, the director is eyeing Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch for a role in the film.
Which character will he play? Del Toro isn’t saying too much about the project at the moment. However, he did explain to the Daily Telegraph that he was very interested in directing “Cumberbatch again in a new film version of ‘Frankenstein.’”
Cumberbatch and del Toro are currently teaming up for Crimson Peak, a film which also stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam. The film is expected to arrive in theaters at some point next year.
Cinema Blend points out that Benedict Cumberbatch previously played both Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster in Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle’s stage production of Shelley’s gothic masterpiece. The actor starred alongside Johnny Lee Miller in the play.
Guillermo del Toro isn’t the only person interested in releasing another version of Frankenstein into theaters. Twentieth Century Fox currently has its own adaptation of the story in the works with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead. The film is slated to arrive in 2014.
While fans are waiting to see what the filmmaker does next, they can check out his latest effort Pacific Rim in theaters this weekend.
Are you a fan of Guillermo del Toro? Would you pay to see the director’s version of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the leads?