A few months back, rumors began circulating that “Captain America: Civil War” star Chris Evans was in talks for a film adaptation of the successful 2007 BBC series “Jekyll.” Thanks to Deadline, we now know that Evans’ casting has been confirmed. What’s more, the movie is officially moving forward with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer.
According to the report, Evans will indeed be the leading man in the revamped “Jekyll” story, with Fleischer set to helm the project. To be clear, “Jekyll” is not part of the upcoming Universal monsters shared universe that includes its own Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Where Russell Crowe will play a modern-day version of the two-sided scientist in the upcoming reboot of “The Mummy,” Evans’ “Jekyll” will instead be concerned with Tom Jackman, the descendant of the novel’s tragic character who finds himself plagued with the same split-personality problems of his great-granddad.
Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing “Jekyll” through their A Very Good Production banner. Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry wrote the film’s script, which adapts Steven Moffat’s six-episode miniseries of the last decade.
Fleischer first made a name for himself nearly a decade ago after directing the cult hit “Zombieland” and is currently at work bringing its long-gestating sequel to life. The report also notes that it’s unclear which project will take precedent, as Bagarozzi and Mondry — the scribes responsible for “The Nice Guys” — are also working on the upcoming live-action “Doc Savage” and “Death Note” adaptations in addition to this new “Jekyll” screenplay. Of course, Evans is also set to pick up his shield once again for the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” conclusion, which bows in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Chris Evans, “Jekyll” does not yet have a release date.
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