Summit acquires 'Victor Frankenstein' rights - Entertainment News, Top News, Media - Variety
Studio nabs feature claim to Kenneth Oppel's upcoming novel
By Dave McNary
Summit is looking to make a big-screen version of the Frankenstein origin story and has acquired rights to Kenneth Oppel's upcoming novel "This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein."
Projects' been set with Karen Rosenfelt, a producer on Summit's "Twilight" franchise and Fox's "Alvin" films.
The tome's the first book of a series to be published by Simon & Schuster. Story follows Victor Frankenstein's twin brother falling ill, leading Victor to seek out a mysterious old alchemist to help him produce the Elixir of Life, a fabled serum that will bestow the drinker with perpetual health. Aided by his best friend Elizabeth, Victor sets out on a quest for the three ingredients needed to save Konrad's life.
Oppel's previously written the "Silverwing" trilogy and "Airborn."
Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and Ashley Schlaifer are overseeing the project for the studio.
ICM represented film rights on the project. Oppel's publishing rep is Writer's House.