Guillermo Del Toro tackles “Frankenstein” after “Pinocchio”.

Guillermo del Toro just won his third Sunday Night Oscar for his way of thinking outside the box with stop-motion photography Pinocchio. (Meanwhile, Robert Zemecki’s more faithful version — that is, the classic Disney film — won Worst Remake/ripoff/sequel at the Razzies.) He also has a Best Picture winner, The shape of the water, under his belt. He can pretty much do anything. And so he’s making an adaptation of a novel that has already produced at least two of his favorite films.

acc meetingDel Toro is reportedly in early talks about a reunion with Netflix, which funded his pinocchio, so he can tackle Frankenstein. How far, if at all, he will stray from Mary Shelley’s source is anyone’s guess. What is known is that he has already landed his three leads: Andrew Garfield, Oscar Isaac and Mia Goth. Which one will Dr. Play Frankenstein and which his creature whose names have confused generations of people? Goth, meanwhile, will likely play the mad scientist’s love interest.

On his 2012 image & sound In his list of his top 10 favorite films, del Toro included the 1931 classic Frankenstein, who introduced Boris Karloff to the world. For his 2022 survey Frankenstein was gone, replaced by its cheesy sad and even better sequel Bride of Frankenstein. None are particularly faithful to the source, which was (mostly) faithfully adapted from the oddly titled 1973 TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story and from Kenneth Branagh’s Over-the-Top Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, from 1994. Where will del Toro’s interpretation of “modern Prometheus” (of 1821) fall? Hopefully one day we’ll see. And hopefully it will continue to make people forget the sad twist Frankenstein with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

(Above meeting) Guillermo Del Toro tackles “Frankenstein” after “Pinocchio”.

Jaclyn Diaz

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