After his exceedingly successful run at Netflix this year with back-to-back projects, Pinocchio and Cabinet of Curiosities, Guillermo del Toro looks forward to yet another run at the streamer with a horror fantasy film. The working title of the project, at this point, has not yet been revealed but the project is said to be an adaptation of Frankenstein, which corroborates the director’s claims of working on a “monster movie”.
Considering his reputation for delivering a continuous stream of successful projects, the Netflix contract seems to be paying off increasingly well. In the latest news regarding del Toro’s film, it has now been rumored that a major Hollywood A-lister and Marvel star is on the Oscar-winning director’s radar as his preferred lead for the monster film.
Guillermo del Toro’s Fascination With Dr. Frankenstein
Guillermo del Toro has long harbored a fascination with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and has been constantly trying to get a live-action project off the ground since 2008. He already had a skeletal blueprint for his film and claimed it to be an inspired storytelling about the creature rather than an origin story in itself. In 2008, he stated,
“I’m not doing ‘Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.’ I’m doing an adventure story that involves the creature… The fact is I’ve been dreaming of doing a ‘Frankenstein’ movie since I was a child.”
Guillermo del Toro
However, those plans fell through for unforeseen reasons and the audience never got to witness the ingenious director putting his spin on the late literary genius’s creation. With the contractual agreement that puts del Toro in a beneficial relationship with Netflix (and subsequently the audience), the director now has the freedom to go for that long-coveted project and fulfill the dream that has evaded him since his advent in the film and television industry.
Guillermo del Toro & Netflix Set Their Sights on Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac has catapulted to stratospheric levels as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors at present. Having freshly come off of the relative success of Dune and Moon Knight, the actor is now the prime subject of Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy. The Shape of Water director has been inching closer to getting a Dr. Frankenstein project off the ground and rumors have been circling around Oscar Isaac being the director’s first preference for the role of the titular character.
While speaking to the Variety Awards podcast, del Toro claimed:
“Well, I’m working on a monster movie; I cannot say the title because it may change, and I could end up making something else. But right now, I’m writing and designing. And we have for the last couple of years. Hopefully, it’ll be next, but anything can happen.”
Currently, Oscar Isaac has reportedly been “in talks” with Netflix about his role in the film, although nothing has been confirmed from the director or the actor regarding the matter yet.
Source: What’s On Netflix