After months of rumours, it was announced today that Dan is in final talks for the lead role in Frankenstein for 20th Century Fox. Directed by Paul McGuigan, with a script by Max Landis, the film is “a tale of friendship and redemption”.
Igor (aka Hunchback) is described as “Dirty and pathologically so. He wears old clown clothes, faded. His slouched posture and long hair is offset by his intelligent eyes.
During a panel at Comikaze 2012, Landis said “Instead of making the accurate version, what if I write a version that everyone already thinks exists. And I do the best cool version of it. Igor is the main character. Hey guys, Igor may be Daniel Radcliffe.”
Frankenstein is set to begin filming once Dan has finished his West End run in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
ETA: Thanks to Titch, who found this interview with Max Landis which sheds a little more light on the film.
That’s when the idea came to me: instead of trying to do some high minded “revisionist” Frankenstein, why not try to stay true to a version that only lives in the zeitgeist, and has NEVER REALLY EXISTED.
And why not do it in an intelligent, hopefully, thoughtful way, about friendship and science, genius and madness, love and ambition, life and death?
Why not use that imaginary, fairy dust framework of “guy with hunchbacked assistant makes monster” and make it fun, sad, scary and hopefully, I really hope this, moving.
We’re currently uploading a compilation of video of Dan’s appearance at the Oscars, including the opening number, presenting an award, and a shot of him in the audience. As soon as it has finished processing on Vimeo, we’ll post it here. But whilst you’re waiting, you can download the file!
Thank you to Titch, who found this interview with Dan at the Governors Ball.
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