Another Mr Hyde Movie On The Way
With Hollywood unwilling to take any chances, this year has seen wall to wall remakes, reboots and adaptations of already existing intellectual property. The screenplay for Hyde is being written by Cole Haddon (who already has one retooling under his belt in the forthcoming Sinbad epic Thieves Of Baghdad).
The story will be familiar to everyone, a version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde in which the titutal good doctor attempts to capture all the negative aspects of humanity only to unlesh his inner demons in the form of a brutish monster.
Bizarrely, Haddon is claiming that it’s not a retelling of the original yarn stating: “”It’s a fresh take. I’m excited to be playing a part in restoring Mr Hyde to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain. He’s one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn’t been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century.”
That’s sort of true – Fredric March still has the definitive portrayal of Hyde in the 1932 version but that’s not to say there haven’t been attempts, a quick glance at Wikipedia cites 123 film adaptations, a spectrum which includes I, Monster (1971) with Christopher Lee somewhere near the top with The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Van Helsing (2004) at the bottom of the pile.
But Haddon had better get a move on as it’s the fourth adaptation of Hyde that’s in the works with versions by Abel Ferrara, Guillermo Del Toro and Dennis Iliadis already moving. The Iliadis version is the closest to completion as it already has a director and star (weirdly, Keanu Reeves of all people – “whoa, I’m like, totally a split personality”?)
Could this one be that we’ve been waiting for or will it be another Victorian disaster?