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Trailer: I, FRANKENSTEIN

What a strange sequel to I, Robot. (I’m joking of course; it’s the sequel to I, Claudius.) Here we have the first trailer for screenwriter-turned-director Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, and Bill Nighy the Science Gighy. Based on a graphic novel and original screenplay by Underworld‘s Kevin Greivoux, the movie sees Eckhart’s centuries-old man-made monster (who, unlike his literary counterpart, seems to be impervious to fire) getting swept up in the ancient battle between gargoyles and…something else.

The movie’s due out in January, which doesn’t usually bode well for a studio’s faith in it, but it looks like it could be cool. What do you think? Will this be another Van Helsing or will it be good? Discuss in the comments below, and let us know what your favorite horror movie based on a piece of literature is.

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12 comments

  • It was also filmed in Melbourne, which, while great for getting work for all my super-talented homies here, does tend to also mean “we’re trying to make this movie as cheaply as humanly possible because we think it’s likely to bomb”.

  • I am cautiously optimistic….I agree with others’ sentiments that this is in no way Frankenstein, but I won’t get on that soapbox. This looks like it could be a fun movie.

    I also found Van Helsing to be fun. Hilariously bad, but I was entertained at least.

  • Great.

    More massive scale violence. Are there no other stories to tell? Is this all that’s left? How many recent films can you name where the star of the show is a world-shattering, terroristic onslaught?

    Shit in, shit out.

  • Like Two-face resetting facial symmetry in a Devil May Cry world. HBO should really get their hands on Willingham’s Fables, Frankenstein’s head mounted atop a stack of books would have more drama than people think.

  • I would probably watch this, but I really want to see something more along the lines of the original Frankenstien by Mary Shelly. Remember, Frankenstien was the scientist who played God and the Monster is the being created by Frankenstien. The Monster is very smart, genuis level, conflicted about humanity, his humanity, and what his place is since he is literally created outside of God, and eventually how he succumbs to his emotions and yearns for equality. Yet, even for a butchering of a good story, this looks ok.

  • I love the shot of Eckhart as the older version of Frankenstein’s creation (or Adam, as he called himself) with long hair, walking through the woods. That has me confident, because unlike Van Helsing, it looks to be honoring the literary work and not basing it on the classic Hollywood version that portrayed him as having mental retardation. I’m curious as to how they will address some of Adam’s actions in the book, like the killing of a child, Elizabeth and setting the small village aflame.