Yesterday we posted the news that Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim) wanted Charlie Kauffman (Being John Malkovich) to pen the script for a remake of Slaughterhouse-Five (read here). As if del Toro isn’t busy enough, he now wants Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) to be in his passion project, a retelling of Frankenstein. When this particular project will begin depends on Crimson Peak getting finished, The Strain’s pilot being shot, and maybe even waiting for Slaughterhouse-Five to get started.
The Daily Telegraph had this to report: "he is hoping to direct Cumberbatch again in a new film version of ‘Frankenstein’.”.
Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) had already done test shots as the creature back in 2009. So if del Toro is going to go with one of his favorite actors as the creature, will this mean Cumberbatch will be the Doctor?
The interesting thing is that Cumberbatch has played both parts in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein stage production. He switched roles with fellow Sherlock Holmes actor Johnny Lee Miller. How long will it be until Universal Studios puts this on the fast track remains to be seen. However, I would expect to see it sometime around Dan Radcliffe and Fox’s production of Frankenstein slated for fall of 2014.