Universal Pictures is going to reboot its iconic collection of classic movie monsters for the big screen, and there's really only one person who should direct the new version of Frankenstein.
That person is Guillermo del Toro, who has dreamed for years of doing his own take on Mary Shelley's landmark sci-fi/horror tale, which he says is his favorite novel of all time. And with Universal officially announcing that it is going to relaunch the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his creature -- along with Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man in a shared universe -- it seems that del Toro's name should be at the top of the studio's wish list.
Fortunately, that seems to be the case. Del Toro told Collider that even before the new CMU (Classic Monsters Universe) was unveiled, Universal chairperson Donna Langley had approached him about getting Frankenstein into the lab and powering it up.
So why hasn't del Toro done so yet? Because he's "chickens--t":
“I would love to. I mean, look, I would love to do Frankenstein and Bride (of Frankenstein), or Frankenstein for sure, but it really, Frankenstein has been -- I’ve been really, really, afraid. Donna has approached me a few times to start it now and I’m always like, you know, it’s like the dream project so I’m a little, I’m a chickens**t, you know? When I do it, I need to do it. Like, if I do Frankenstein, I literally would stop everything, and I’m going to a sabbatical of three years, just to write that. It’s not something that’s gonna just flow, like second nature. It’s my favorite book in history (laughs)."
Although del Toro may or may not have been aware at the time of the interview of the new, interconnected series of classic monster remakes that Universal is planning, he offered his advice on how such a project should be approached:
“I think that it’s a great universe to develop. I personally think that they should all be period movies. I would love to see Creature from the Black Lagoon in Victorian England with the Victorian exploration, with a balloon and steam riverboats. I would love to see The Hunchback (of Notre Dame), Phantom (of the Opera), you know?”
Now that del Toro has found a home at Universal through Legendary Pictures, via its deal with the larger studio, it seems like a no-brainer to get del Toro involved with the classic monsters at a higher level, possibly comparable to the role Joss Whedon plays at Marvel. The only enemy is time: Del Toro is finishing one film (Crimson Peak), overseeing a TV series (The Strain) and has his next two movies pretty much lined up (an unnamed horror film and Pacific Rim 2).
But the man said it himself: He'd stop everything for a chance at doing Frankenstein. Would you like to see del Toro direct his dream project, and possibly have a creative hand in all of Universal's classic monster reboots?