Summit is moving quickly on its planned adaptation of the upcoming young-adult novel from Kenneth Oppel, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. The studio grabbed the rights to the book in February and has now secured both a director and a writer. Good ones, too!
Let Me In helmer Matt Reeves will take the reins, Deadline reports, adding to a busy schedule that already includes an adaptation of the Justin Cronin vampire novel The Passage, an adaptation of the Ray Nelson short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning and — we desperately hope — a long-talked-about Cloverfield sequel. He’ll be working with writer Jacob Aaron Estes, who made his feature debut with the 2004 thriller Mean Creek.
Oppel’s novel, which is the first in a series, charts the early life of Victor Frankenstein, future mad scientist creator of Frankenstein’s monster. In the book, Vic sets out to find the Elixir of Life in the hopes of curing his twin brother Konrad’s fatal illness. He is joined on his journey by Elizabeth, who’s got a thing for Konrad. All that time together though, just the two of them alone and on the road … we’ll see where those feelings stand at the end of the book.
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