Not unlike Dr. Frankenstein, Netflix is breathing new life into a project that many, including Guillermo del Toro himself, thought long dead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is developing a live-action adaptation of the seminal Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein for Netflix. Del Toro is reportedly eying Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield, and Mia Goth to star, though no formal offers have been made.
The Pan’s Labyrinth director has always been forthcoming about his affinity for monsters and has long toyed with the idea of tackling Frankenstein. But in 2019, he cast doubt on the idea that it would ever happen, stating at the Tribeca Film Festival: “I had an idea to do Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. … I really believe that the movies I do, most of the time, I do them because the premise is so absolutely bonkers.”
In addition to bringing Netflix an Oscar, del Toro created the anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities for the streaming service. He is a three-time Oscar winner. In addition to his win for Pinocchio, he won best director and best picture for 2017’s The Shape of Water. He is repped by Exile Entertainment, WME and Hirsch Wallerstein.
What do you make of this news? Are you interested in seeing Guillermo del Toro’s take on Frankenstein? Is he perusing the right actors for the project? And is Netflix the right home for this film? Sound off in the comments below to let us and the rest of the movie-loving world know your thoughts!