A modern update (or sequel of sorts) of the Frankenstein tale, called I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart (as the main creature) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), has a new trailer out. Directed by Stuart Beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began), the film is based on an unpublished comic by Kevin Grevioux (who also co-wrote the story for the film Underworld).
Along with Eckhart who plays the updated, more intelligent version of the "monster",Yvonne Strahovski plays a scientist working to reanimate the dead, Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) plays the queen of the gargoyles, and Bill Nighly plays the film's villain, "Nasty piece of work; one of the angels descended with Satan." (Source: Den Of Geek)
According to Eckhart, "[This] Frankenstein is an intelligent, evolved man, and that’s how he is portrayed in this movie, for sure. In the book, he’s very evolved. Somewhere in time, Frankenstein got dumbed down. He is a beast, but somewhere he lost his heart. I don’t know how much heart we’ll be able to get into it. It’s not a docu-drama of Frankenstein. It’s not an insightful look into his soul. It’s more of an action movie, really. But, it will be cool." (Source: Collider)
Eckhart and Otto trained for three months in the Filipino martial art of Kali for the fight scenes.
For better or for worse, the trailer looks similar to many other modern takes on gothic horror such as Underworld, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and Van Helsing in terms of style, pacing, action, special effects, and perhaps in writing as well.
Here is the film's synopsis:
200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.
The film is PG-13 and set to be released January 24, 2014.