Guillermo Del Toro Wants To Team Up With Benedict Cumberbatch To Construct Frankenstein

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toro bannerGuillermo Del Toro has a full dance card. The director is developing several films and a TV show, all of which he will either direct or have a heavy hand in producing. Just right now he has his DC movie Heaven Sent (or whatever it’s called right now), Crimson Peak, a sequel to Pacific Rim, and The Strain for FX. One of the films that predated a lot of these projects was Frankenstein. Del Toro still wants to make it, but he has changed his mind on who he wants to star.

frankensteinSpeaking with the Daily Telegraph (via IndieWire), Del Toro revealed that he is hoping to work with Benedict Cumberbatch for his version of Frankenstein. Cumberbatch will star in Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film which begins filming early next year. It seems that Del Toro has been impressed with Cumberbatch‘s work (as he should be) and if things go well enough on Crimson Peak, he hopes to carry that relationship over to Frankenstein. Cumberbatch is no stranger to the monster. He starred in a Danny Boyle stage version of the classic Mary Shelley story with Lee Miller. It was unique because Cumberbatch and Miller would regularly change out roles. One would play Dr. Frankenstein for a while and one would play the monster, then they would switch and the other would be the monster.

The director has been tinkering with Frankenstein off and on for years now. Way back in 2008 Doug Jones was tapped to play the monster. I remember speaking with Jones at a convention in late 08 and he said he had done some tests and early work with the make-up crew to nail down the look if I recall correctly. Over the years the film just fell apart. Del Toro usually works with a movie for a while then moves on to something new. It sounds like he’s not ready to give up on Frankenstein just yet. If he does want to do it, he’ll need to hurry. Fox has a Frankenstein film in the works with Daniel Radcliffe slated for a 2014 release. The director also touched on his vision for a Slaughterhouse Five film he’d like to make as well. You can read about it by clicking the source link. What do you think? Would you like to see Del Toro and Cumberbatch take on Frankenstein? Do you think Cumberbatch‘s busy schedule would allow it anytime in the near future?

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Source : Indiewire.Com