The story of Mary Shelley Frankenstein is reimagined as a bizarre love story. By deadline, zelda williams will make her directorial debut with Lisa Frankensteina “zomb-com” written by Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s body, tuly) about a teenager inadvertently resuscitating a corpse during a rainstorm – and then making the best of the situation. Her two lead roles were also set as Kathryn Newton (big little lies, The society) and Cole Sprouse (Riverdale, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) will direct the cast, and the plan is to start filming the feature later this summer.
Cody will also produce Lisa Frankenstein alongside Mason Novick for MXN Entertainment as well as Jeff Lampert. Michelle Momplaisir will serve as creative lead on behalf of Focus Features. The film does not yet have an official release date. You can read a synopsis of the feature below.
Set in 1989, the film follows an unpopular high school girl who accidentally resuscitates a handsome Victorian corpse during a thunderstorm and begins to rebuild him into the man of her dreams using the broken tanning bed in her garage.
Speaking about the project on Twitter, Williams noted, “I know Hollywood has a bad rep for regurgitating sequels and remakes and rebooting over and over and over again…and yes, it totally does! But it also allows me to make the craziest, most wonderful zombie script I’ve ever read, and for that I’ll be forever grateful!”
In a follow-up tweet, she added, “Also, if someone comes here and says, ‘This is your first feature? That was disheartening to say the least. But the fact that this one survived and blossomed into being my first? A goddamn gift.”
Frankenstein’s Monster Has Long Been an Inspiration for Horror
There have been movies about Frankenstein’s monster for over a century, as the character is one of the first and best-known creatures in the horror genre. In recent years, the story has inspired the big-budget movie Victor Frankenstein in 2015. An animated version of Frankenstein’s Monster also appeared in the Hotel Transylvania films, including the fourth film, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, released this year. Meanwhile, Rob Zombie’s reboot of The Munsters brings back Herman Munster, another incarnation of Frankenstein’s monster, with Jeff Daniel Phillips in the role.
Universal Pictures also recently invested in rebooting the Universal Monsters classic after Leigh Whannell’s success. The invisible Man. Other similar projects are underway, including one werewolf movie starring Ryan Gosling. A Bride of Frankenstein the reboot was in the planning stage at one point, though that project has since been scrapped. Javier Bardem is still hopeful that the movie will get back on track as he wants to play the monster if this movie ends up being made.